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21 Random Thoughts About Revs Camp (So Far)

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

You kept pace with the Juan Agudelo rumors, plugged the trialists into your personal team sheet, and tracked the scrimmages real time via Twitter. But what did we learn from the first part of the Revolution preseason camp?

It’s difficult to say from afar all the things that have shaken out since the start of camp, so here are 21 random observations from the first segment of the preseason.

1. No A.J. Soares, no problem, because Andrew Farrell appears to be the leading candidate to fill the center back spot opposite Jose Goncalves. And given the way he manned the spot last season, that’s probably not a bad thing.

2. The loss of Soares could also spell more minutes at center back Darrius Barnes, who saw a half-hour’s worth of time in the central defense in the second scrimmage.

3. Jay Heaps’ really, really wants to find out what midfielder Jeremy Hall can give him at right back. So much so that neither Kevin Alston, nor Darrius Barnes, has seen minutes at the spot this winter.

4. Speaking of Alston, he’s accrued exactly zero minutes of action during the team’s first two scrimmages.

5. The addition of Juan Agudelo instantly banished the biggest question mark on the roster.

6. It also made the Revolution front runners to win the Conference.

7. It also signaled that Sean Okoli is going to have to bust his tail that much harder to avoid ending up in Rochester in April.

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

8. We didn’t see it coming: Donnie Smith’s brief assignment to right back during the first scrimmage.

9. By fielding a first-team unit for the first half of both scrimmages, Heaps seems intent on getting his starters back in the same groove they found themselves in late last year.

10. On the topic of lineups, the second half selections seen during the first two scrimmages have afforded many trialists a remarkable opportunity to open some eyes – and the kind of opportunity (an entire half of action rather than pockets of minutes) that hasn’t been seen in recent years.

11. There seems to be more to the presence of Joe Nasco, who is under contract with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, than just getting the jump on preseason training. Something to keep an eye on.

12. Most intriguing storyline: What becomes of Charlie Davies’ playing time now that Agudelo’s back?

13. Speaking of which, Davies’ seventh minute strike in the first scrimmage was proof that he won’t let go of the role he filled remarkably during the postseason so easily.

14. Early favorites on getting signed: Marc Fenelus and Timi Mulgrew. Fenelus because he’s versatile, fast and technically sound, Mulgrew because he’s got a left foot – and can cross.

15. Player who’ll be looking over his shoulder when Diego Fagundez returns from Uruguay U-20 camp: Kelyn Rowe.

16. The new training tops aren’t as nice as last year’s.

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

17. Imagine what Heaps’ reaction would have been six months ago if you had told him that he’d have both Agudelo and Jermaine Jones at his disposal for the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup. The club’s come along way from the days of running out the likes of Bjorn Runstrom and Marko Jesic for the tourney.

18. The Revolution still have eight open roster spots.

19. Does anyone think the Revolution can’t win the MLS Cup this year?

20. Buzzword of camp: fitness.

21. There are a lot less questions marks and controversies surrounding this club than there were a year ago – and that can only be a good thing for all parties involved.

4 Comments

  1. Chris B

    February 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Amen to random thought #21! Actually, all of them are really good points!

    Just want to point out though that I heard somewhere (most likely from Jeff Lemieux and/or the Revs’ official twitter account, but I don’t remember with 100% certainty) that Alston has been kept out thus far with either an injury or at least precaution to prevent a minor injury from becoming worse. Still, it reminds us that Alston has always had injury problems and may not be able to start the season at right back or at least can’t be expected to play 34 games there.

    Right back might be the field position to watch the most heading into the season because there is genuine uncertainty as to who will play there. Right now, it seems the main competitors are Alston, Barnes, and Hall, but then you have Donnie Smith getting minutes there in preseason so far and if somehow AJ Soares comes back after failing to get signed with Verona, or the Revs go after another center back of similar or better quality then that potentially puts Farrell back at right back…

    It will definitely be interesting!

  2. ABU

    February 8, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    To point #12, I think it’s great for Davies. I’m not sure Davies can handle starting every game, just given his body after his injuries. So having Agudelo as the main guy and having Davies as the back up and occasional starter and guy off the bench I think is great as it will keep him fresh.

  3. pauloblitzz

    February 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I still see Juan and Davies both in the starting XI w/ Rowe and Diego riding the bench

  4. pauloblitzz

    February 8, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I’m not worried about Alston. I believe that regardless of what Hall does, RB will belong to KA so long as AJ doesn’t return. Maybe He losses the job though at some point.

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