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Revs Training Report: 3/11


Warmer weather and sunny skies greeted the Revolution on Wednesday for their first training session since Sunday’s loss in Seattle.

Wednesday’s training was held on the Gillette Stadium pitch, a welcome development for all concerned after cold and snowy conditions kept the squad indoors for much of the Revolution’s training sessions during the preseason. The temperature for the start of the morning’s training session hovered in the high-40s.

Here are a few notable items from the training session, which was open to the media for passing and possession drills:

-Teal Bunbury, who left Sunday’s game with a right shoulder injury, was not spotted during the media portion of training, nor was he available to speak to reporters. Revolution coach Jay Heaps offered little on Bunbury’s status, and simply stated that more will be revealed when the club’s weekly injury report is released ahead of Sunday’s game.

-Lee Nguyen was present for training, and appeared to practice unhindered by the groin knock that’s kept him sidelined since he re-joined the club following U.S. Men’s National Team camp.

-Jermaine Jones remains in Los Angeles as he recovers from sports hernia surgery. Jones’ rehabilitation is currently being overseen by U.S. Soccer rather than the Revolution because he suffered the injury while in camp with the National Team. He is tentatively set to return to Foxborough next week.

-Third-round draft pick Marc Fenelus, who hoped to earn a contract during preseason camp, is no longer with the club. He did not travel back with the team following the Desert Diamond Cup tournament. The Turks and Caicos Islands international played in all six preseason games, and saw time in the central midfield and, later on, left back after Donnie Smith underwent left groin surgery.

-Trialist Timi Mulgrew is still with the team following a promising preseason showing. The left-footed midfielder/forward played in all six of the Revolution preseason games. He assisted on Sean Okoli’s second-half goal against Real Salt Lake in the Revolution’s 2-1 win in preseason game no. 1.

-The Revolution are currently carrying three goalkeepers for training, one less than the number they had in training at this point last season. FC Tucson goalkeeper Michael D’Arrigo traveled back with the Revolution following last year’s Desert Diamond Cup, and trained with the club for a few weeks before Larry Jackson was brought in for look. Jackson subsequently signed as the club’s fourth goalkeeper in April.

-With the Revolution set to make their first trip to Yankee Stadium for Sunday’s initial meeting with New York City FC, Heaps was asked about the smaller pitch at the ballpark. “There’s going to be space limitations, obviously,” Heaps said. “But to be honest with you, I don’t know what the field’s going to look like. I don’t think anyone knows. ”

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