Thursday, May 22, 2008

Revs add Germanese and Manzonelli, release Britner

The New England Revolution announced today the signings of Joe Germanese and Brandon Manzonelli to developmental contracts, while Matthew Britner was released to make room on the developmental roster. The 22-year-old Germanese was taken by the Revs in the 2nd round of the Superdraft (27th pick) and spent the last two years playing in the midfield for Duke University after transferring there from Vanderbilt. Prior to signing, Germanese started all three Revolution reserve matches as a guest player. 18-year-old Manzonelli, also a midfielder, has spent the last two years with Spanish club Villareal's U-18 team.

Britner, who signed with the Revs just over a month ago and was picked up in the 3rd round of the Superdraft (41st pick), played in all three Revolution reserve matches as a left back.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fernandez leads Revs Reserves to 2-2 draw

It wasn't just the first team that recovered from a poor performance in Chicago. The short-handed reserve squad tied Kansas City 2-2 this morning after falling 3-0 to the Fire last week. Newcomer Argenis Fernandez, who arrived in Kansas City yesterday after finally clearing up visa issues, scored the game tying goal in the 30th minute and then added another in the 69th minute before the Wizards scored a late equalizer. Zimbabwean Striker Kheli Dube assisted the Costa Rican on both of his goals. Recently signed Matt Britner went the full 90 minutes as did Joe Franchino, who recently recovered from an injury.

The Revs line-up was as follows:
Doug Warren, Rob Valentino, Sam Brill, Matthew Britner, Joe Germanese*, Joe Franchino, Argenis Fernandez, Brandon Tyler, Chase Hilgenbrinck, Guy Kpene* (Spencer Wadsworth 61), Kheli Dube

Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton (GK)

*Guest (unsigned) player

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Monday, April 7, 2008

A Canadian Revolution

He hasn't signed yet, but here is a recent piece I did on Revolution draftee Matt Britner.

In the third round of this year’s MLS Superdraft, the New England Revolution selected Brown University defender Matthew Britner. Britner, who helped lead Brown to a 15-2-1 record in his final season, joins former Brown teammate Jeff Larentowicz on the Revs where he will compete for a spot in a well established backline. The Nova Scotia native graduated from Brown in December and now sets his sights on making it in Major League Soccer.

“I loved every minute down at Brown,” said Britner. “It was a great four years and it was definitely a good learning and a good development program that has had past success with putting players [in MLS]. I think it has proven it can do that, so for me it was the best of both academic and athletic endeavors at Brown. I think it’s given a pretty good shot to make it to the next level here.”...

Read the rest at the Sports Review

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