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New Roster Limit, Jones’ Status Discussed at Revs STH Event

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Revolution general manager Michael Burns told season ticket holders on Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the Players Union and the league has cut MLS rosters from 30 to 28.

Burns, who was speaking at the Revolution’s annual Season-ticket Holder Welcome Event at Gillette Stadium, disclosed the information in response to a question about the size of the club’s roster, which currently stands at 25.

According to a source, the new CBA contains additional new rules about roster composition, but would not detail those changes until “it’s official.”

The Revolution general manager also confirmed that the club plans to loan four players to its USL affiliate, the Rochester Rhinos. The Rhinos 2015 campaign commences on Mar. 28 against the New York Red Bulls (II).

Other items discussed at Wednesday’s event: Revolution coach Jay Heaps confirmed that former center back A.J. Soares, who signed with Norway’s Viking FK last month, nearly returned to the club two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Burns advised that midfielder Teal Bunbury suffered a separated shoulder during the season opener at Seattle. Heaps said that Bunbury’s status is “week-to-week.” Heaps also confirmed that midfielder Jermaine Jones, who underwent sports hernia surgery last month, will return to training next week.

Additionally, Burns said the club is looking to sign a defender.

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