(W)Revs Wrap, 02.05.07: Joseph & Tryouts

A RevsNet story that ran on February 4, 2007 reports on the scene from the New England Revolution's invite-only tryouts; I'm not totally sure as to when the tryout took place, but Soccer New England's report carries a February 3, 2007 dateline.

Apart from noting that the RevsNet item compares more favorably courtesy of its tribute to men who dream big (e.g. those people who showed up for the long-shot attempt at making a professional soccer team), the more significant piece comes with which players showed well. Let the record show that RevsNet took time to name defender Dana Leary, goalkeeper Brad Knighton, and forward Dale Weiler; for their part, Soccer New England noted midfielders Ralph Meier and David Tuesta, right-back Christian Figueroa, and, again, Leary.

Now...we'll see if we hear any of these names again....

All in all, though, it appears no one stood out enough to get coach Steve Nicol excited. Still, he's taking some back for another look.

In other Revs' news, a Boston Globe piece fleshed out some details from the now-dead Celtic FC bid for Shalrie Joseph; turns out that reached a $2 million bid. Dang. And with Celtic continuing deeper into the Champions League, one still has to wonder how the big Grenadian is taking all this. Oh, and there's a bit in the article that says "Joseph, who has two years remaining on an MLS contract worth about $150,000 annually, has been in negotiations with the league to extend the deal."

The tricky thing is, that follows a paragraph in which only the deal with Celtic was discussed. But that language, specifically the word "extend" makes me think the discussion is about Joseph's MLS contract. I don't know. Maybe I'm making this harder than it needs to be. All I know is, wherever Joseph goes, they really ought to be paying him more than $150K annually.

Finally, it sounds like Michael Parkhurst's first run with the U.S. National Team is over for now. He's not on the roster against Mexico, anyway. But the interesting part of the article are Parkhurst's musings about the differences between playing in a three-man versus a four-man defense.

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