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Alston Among 5 On Revs’ Re-Entry List

With the postseason no longer a possibility, players like Kevin Alston and Clyde Simms will be playing for pride during these final five games. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

(Photo: Kari Heistad/

MLS Comeback Player of the Year Kevin Alston is among five members of the 2013 New England Revolution squad that will be available for selection during the MLS Re-Entry Process, which will kick off on Thursday.

In addition to Alston, who played 121 career games for New England from 2009-2013, midfielders Ryan Guy, Juan Toja and Clyde Simms, as well as forward Chad Barrett, were all named on the 68-player Re-Entry List, which was released on Monday.

Stage 1 of the Process will take place via conference call on Thursday at 3pm ET. During Stage 1, clubs can claim players by exercising their current options or extending them a bona fide offer as stipulated by the CBA.

Stage 2 is scheduled for Dec. 18 at 3pm ET. Per league rules, clubs have seven days to make a bona fide offer to the players they select in Stage 2. Should the club and player fail to reach an agreement, the club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS.

Clubs may still sign their Re-Entry Process eligible players through 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 11.  Additionally, eligible players may opt out of the Re-Entry Process between now and 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 11.

Any players not picked up after Stage 2 become available to any MLS club on a first-come, first-served basis. D.C. United holds the first selection, while the Revolution hold the 12th selection.

Alston was taken in the first round by the Revolution in the 2009 SuperDraft, and quickly became a mainstay on the backline. In April, he was diagnosed with a rare, but treatable form of leukemia, forcing him to take a leave of absence to undergo treatment. He returned to the team in July, and started the Revolution’s regular season finale at Columbus on Oct. 27.

Guy was signed by the Revolution in 2011, and played in 45 games for the local XI. He scored four goals and added two assists, but injuries reduced his role as the 2013 season progressed.

Toja came to the Revolution in August 2012 via the allocation order after a four-year spell in Europe. The former MLS All-Star never approached the form that made him one of the league’s most dynamic players in 2007 and 2008, and was often beset by injuries.

Simms joined the club via the Re-Entry Process in 2011 after an eight-year career with D.C. United. He was regular member of the starting XI in 2012, but like Guy and Toja, saw his playing time dwindle as the 2013 season reached the homestretch.

Barrett spent one season in Foxboro after he was acquired in the 2012 Re-Entry Process. He scored two goals and collected a pair of goals in 18 games during the 2013 season, primarily in a reserve role.

Notable names around the league who were also listed include former league MVPs David Ferreira (FC Dallas) and Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), as well as Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas) right back Sean Franklin (LA Galaxy).

Former Revolution players Wells Thompson (Chicago), Michael Videira (Chicago), James Riley (DC United), Chris Albright (Philadelphia), Blair Gavin (Seattle) and Brad Knighton (Vancouver) also made the list.


Chicago Fire (9): M Corben Bone, D Shaun Francis, M Joel Lindpere, M Daniel Paladini, M Logan Pause, M Chris Rolfe, F Maicon Santos, M Wells Thompson*, M Michael Videira

Chivas USA (3): D Ante Jazic*, D Steve Purdy, M Josue Soto

Columbus Crew (2): M Danny O’Rourke, M Konrad Warzycha

Colorado Rapids (3): GK Steward Ceus, D Brian Mullan, M Jamie Smith

D.C. United (6): M Dwayne De Rosario, D James Riley, F Carlos Ruiz, M Marcelo Saragosa, M John Thorrington, D Daniel Woolard

FC Dallas (3): F Kenny Cooper, M David Ferreira, D Ugo Ihemelu

Houston Dynamo (5): D Bobby Boswell*, F Calen Carr*, D Mike Chabala, M Alex Dixon, F Cam Weaver

LA Galaxy (4): M Colin Clark, M Laurent Courtois, D Sean Franklin, M Pablo Mastroeni*

Montreal Impact (1): M Sinisa Ubiparipovic

New England Revolution (5): D Kevin Alston*, F Chad Barrett, F Ryan Guy, M Clyde Simms, M Juan Toja

New York Red Bulls (5): F Andre Akpan*, D Brandon Barklage, F Fabian Espindola, GK Kevin Hartman, D Heath Pearce*

Philadelphia Union (1): D Chris Albright*

Portland Timbers (2): D David Horst, D Ryan Miller

Real Salt Lake (4): M Yordany Alvarez, D Brandon McDonald, GK Josh Saunders, M Khari Stephenson

Seattle Sounders (6): D Marc Burch, GK Josh Ford, M Blair Gavin, M Mauro Rosales, F Steve Zakuani*

San Jose Earthquakes (4): D Nana Attakora, M Mehdi Ballouchy*, D Dan Gargan, GK Evan Newton

Toronto FC (2): F Justin Braun*, M Bobby Convey

Vancouver Whitecaps (4): GK Joe Cannon, F Tommy Heinemann, F Corey Hertzog, GK Brad Knighton

NOTE: * indicates players out of contract. All other players had their options declined.


  1. Paulo Simões

    December 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I don’t see Alston or Simms being available to NE after the draft. That is to say someone will take them. So if they don’t reach a deal before 12/11 there goner’s. I think they should re-sign both but if the players think they can get better deals than power to them. Toja and Chad could end up not being taken but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were either.

    As far additions go I’d love for NE to get a striker and a GK. These are two big needs for the club. That being said there are certainly some quality options in this draft. Espindola and Knighton are my two stand outs. Both are cap friendly and have a lot of MLS experience and in the case of Knighton some of that is right here in NE. Cooper is another guy I would like to see them get if they don’t go after Fabian who will likely go in the 1st round. Cooper’s salary is very high so he’s a 2nd round selection but I think they could land him for something around what Toja was making. Both these guys are good hold up strikers who are proven scorers which is exactly what we need.

  2. Chris B

    December 10, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I’m guessing the Revs will end up keeping Davies and Barnes. Some fans might prefer Alston to Barnes, but Barnes is cheaper and slightly more versatile. So that’s probably good for the Revs if they reach a deal with Barnes. It just sucks that Kevin has to leave like this after his diagnosis, recovery, and award. He may not have been the best defender, but was a loyal, hard-working, and dedicated servant to the club. I wish him luck.

    I think it’s a good sign that Reis won’t be participating in the Re-Entry draft. This means that he only wants to represent the Revs, which is fantastic. Of course, he’s still probably going to retire, but at least it seems that he and the Front Office are figuring out how he can contribute to the team now that his playing days are likely done.

  3. bkupp

    December 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    No one’s going to take Alston in phase one and pay his current salary. I think there’s a good chance he agrees to a pay cut before phase two and re-signs with the Revs.

    I like Alston, but he’s always been overpaid (by MLS standards).

  4. Peter

    December 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    THE REVS NEED A STRIKER AND A GOALKEEPER KNIGHTON or SAUNDERS & COOPER Re DAVIS slow one step behind goal shy Alston is a better defender than Barnes who is slow

  5. Joe

    December 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    lol at Barnes slow

  6. Joe

    December 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    barnes is faster than tierney and just as fast as anyone on the back line but farrell

  7. Robert

    December 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Bobby Boswell in a Revs uniform? He would make an awful nice tandem with Jose at CB. That would allow the Revs to possibly deal Soares and/or McCarthy to strengthen the striker position, then look to the Superdraft, which looks as if it will have plenty of good defenders available, to fortify the backline . Kyle Venter of New Mexico may be available for New England, and I couldn’t think of a better mentor for Venter than Goncalves.

  8. Peter

    December 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    NIice to see the REVS pick up Knighton it will be good competition for Shuttleworth Hey Boswell would be a stud in defence with Goncalves All we need is a centre forward Re Barnes is slow and not good for attacking opostion on overlap Alston is much better on attack & overlap

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