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Heaps Mum on Packwood’s Presence

Photo credit: Sean Donahue

Photo credit: Sean Donahue

Less than a week after Concord, Mass. native Will Packwood had his Birmingham City contract terminated by request, the 21-year-old defender was at Gillette Stadium for his first training session with the Revolution. But coach Jay Heaps wasn’t anxious to talk about it.

When asked about Packwood’s presence and whether he was brought in to address the club’s defensive depth, Heaps skirted the question.

“We’re focused on Toronto this week, and preparing for that game,” Heaps told the media after training on Tuesday. “We don’t want to think too big ahead. We want to focus on the game at hand.”

Shortly after Packwood’s contract was terminated, Revolution general manager confirmed that the former Birmingham City defender would join the club for a trial this week.

Packwood was not included in the allocation ranking list issued on May 1, indicating that an MLS club holds his discovery rights. In a May 6 report, Packwood acknowledged that he did not know which MLS club held those rights.

The young defender, who’s also suited up for the U.S. U-23s and U-20s, joined the Birmingham City Academy as a 14-year-old in 2007. Over the last few seasons, he’s had loan spells at League Two clubs Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham Town and League One club Colchester United.

The Revolution recently lost the services of versatile defender Darrius Barnes, who suffered left knee injury last month that is expected to sideline him through September. Additionally, center back Jose Goncalves has battled through a calf injury that has forced him to miss four of the team’s last five games.

Sean Donahue contributed to this report.

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