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Revolution signs two draft picks

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 27, 2013 01:59 PM
Midfielder Donnie Smith and goalkeeper Luis Soffner are the latest 2013 draft picks to sign with the New England Revolution. Smith played in six preseason games with the Revolution with one assist in a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Feb. 16. As a 2012 NSCAA Scholar All-America at UNC-Charlotte, Smith scored four goals and added four assists in 16 starts of his senior season. Soffner played in the Revolution’s 4-1 preseason victory over Phoenix FC. A four-year starter at Indiana University, Soffner was named NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2012. He started in 83 of 84 games with a GAA of 0.72 his senior year. He left IU with 32 shutouts and 262 saves. “Both players did well during preseason training and we’re looking forward to seeing them develop in our system,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. Smith and Soffner were selected in the second round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft in January.

Revolution to hold National Anthem auditions

Posted by Staff February 25, 2013 02:02 PM

For the first time ever, the New England Revolution is tapping into the local musical talent pool in a search for its next National Anthem singer.

The lucky winner will have the privilege of singing the Anthem before the home games during the 2013 season at Gillette Stadium, where artists like Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi will play this summer.

Performers interested in being considered can submit their sample performances digitally between now and 4 p.m. on Friday, March 15.

Then, a select group of performers will be called back for the live final auditions, which will be held at The Lansdowne Pub in Boston on Tuesday, March 19, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To be considered for the live auditions, submit an .mp3, .mp4 or YouTube video link to DavidC@revolutionsoccer.net, using the subject: National Anthem Submission, with the following information included in the body of the email:

· Name
· Phone number
· Email address
· Performance experience

Both Mix 104.1 and 103.3 AMP Radio will be on hand during the live auditions, with on-air personalities serving as judges and emcees.

All performers will be asked to sing a cappella and without note cards.

Revolution single-game tickets go on sale Saturday

Posted by Staff February 14, 2013 10:24 AM

Single-game tickets to 2013 New England Revolution matches will go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday through all Ticketmaster outlets. Individual tickets purchased in advance start at $24 for bowl seating.

The Revs play 17 regular-season MLS games at Gillette Stadium this year, including their home opener on March 23 against Sporting Kansas City. View the rest of the team's schedule here.

Tickets for premium seats, including the Presidents Club, Putman Club and EMC2 Suites, are also available by calling the Revolution ticket office at 1-877-GET-REVS (877-438-7387).

For more information about any 2013 ticketing option, including the popular four or six-game First Kick Plans, which include a free limited-edition long-sleeve t-shirt, season tickets, or individual game tickets, visit revolutionsoccer.net/tickets.

Revolution signs forward Chad Barrett, defender Bilal Duckett

Posted by Staff February 11, 2013 01:24 PM

The New England Revolution, who are looking to improve from last season's 9-17-8 campaign that landed them ninth in the Eastern Conference, announced Monday the signing of forward Chad Barrett and defender Bilal Duckett.

Barrett, 27, has scored 42 goals and added 27 assists in 192 career appearances with Chicago (2005-08), Toronto (2008-2010) and Los Angeles (2011-12).

Most recently, he was on loan from the Galaxy to Valerenga of Norway’s Tippeligaen where he made five appearances and recorded one assist through the end of their 2012 season.

“Having faced Chad many times, we’re very aware of the type of competitor he is and the determination he brings to the field, and we’re looking for him to bring that to the field for the Revs now," Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said.

Duckett, 24, spent the 2012 season with the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL PRO and made 19 appearances as the team advanced to the USL PRO playoffs.

Prior to signing with Harrisburg, Duckett played one season with Vancouver Whitecaps FC after the Whitecaps drafted him in the third round (37th overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. He made four appearances, including two starts, as a rookie with Vancouver.

"With Bilal, we’re bringing in a tall, physical defender who gives us depth and versatility along the backline," Burns said. "Having him in camp last fall and this preseason has helped his assimilation into our system.”

Both players will travel with the team to Tucson today for the next stage of preseason training. Further details of the signings will not be released.

Revolution youth players make college commitments

Posted by Staff February 11, 2013 12:13 PM

When the New England Revolution Under-18 squad resumes competitive competition in early March, they'll do so with six of their players committed to college soccer programs.

The following athletes announced their commitments Monday and will join their respective program's later this summer for the fall 2013 season:

Willis Griffith (Amherst, N.H.) – Villanova University
Ryan Kingsley (North Attleboro, Mass.) – College of the Holy Cross
Coupar Lipp (Shrewsbury, Mass.) – Saint Joseph’s University
Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) – Providence College
Matt Mozynski (Bellingham, Mass.) – Campbell University
Will Szostkiewicz (Longmeadow, Mass.) – University of New Hampshire

Machado is the team's third-best scorer with 11 goals this season.

“The Revolution Academy's focus is developing not only excellent soccer players, but also intelligent, well-rounded young men," said Revolution Director of Youth Development and Under-16 Head Coach Bryan Scales. "Many of these players have been pillars in our program for the last few years, and we're very pleased they've earned spots on not only excellent collegiate programs, but – more importantly – in excellent universities."

Watch: Honduras scores vs. US on bicycle-kick goal

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff February 7, 2013 08:17 AM

New England Revolution player Jerry Bengston won a World Cup qualifier for Honduras Wednesday night with a goal in the 79th minute, but Juan Carlos Garcia's bicycle-kick equalizer for Honduras was the real highlight of the match vs. the United States.

Watch a replay above, or read more about the game, a 2-1 Honduras victory.

About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers analysis and insight about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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