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Revs take four on trial

Four trialists have joined the New England Revolution’s preseason camp. Defender Théophile “Junior” N’Tame, midfielders Jeremiah White and David Foley, and striker Saër Sène, join the Revs four MLS Supplemental Draft picks as non-contracted players in camp.

Defender Junior N’Tame trialed with the Revs in the fall under Steve Nicol. The 26 year old center back took part in the Revs Reserves 5-1 loss to Columbus on October 16th and was one of the few players to leave that game with any credit. N’Tame, who stands at 6-foot-2, last played at Stade Brestois 29 in France’s Ligue 2. He has also spent time at clubs in Switzerland, Belgium and Slovenia during his career. The Cameroonian, who can play right back as well as in the center, was linked to the Revs in December.

Midfielder Jeremiah White was originally drafted by the New England Revolution in the third round (23rd overall) in the 2004 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. White, originally predicted by some to go in the first round, fell to the third round likely after making his preference to go to Europe known, which is where he went instead of signing for the Revs. The speedy forward had a fantastic four years at Wake Forest, where he ranks fourth, just behind Revs forward Zach Schilawski, with 37 goals and 19 assists in his career.

White, now 29 years old, has since played in Serbia with OFK Beograd, Greece with Panserraikos, France with FC Gueugnon Denmark with AGF Aarhus, Saudi Arabia with Al-Ettifaq, and most recently in Poland with GKS Be?chatów. The 5-foot-9 White has spent most of his professional career as a right midfielder and made an appearance with the U.S. National Team in 2008. White trialed with the Philadelphia Union in the 2011 preseason, who reportedly tried to sign the winger, but couldn’t agree to terms. He trialed with the expansion Montreal Impact in October.

Attacking midfielder David Foley has played the past two seasons with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the North American Soccer League (NASL). Foley, a native of South Shields, England, was named to the NASL Best XI last season and scored seven goals along with six assists. The 24 year old spent 2003 through 2010 with Hartlepool United, who played in England’s League One and League Two during his time there. Foley never scored a goal in league play with Hartlepool, but did score against Premier League side Stoke City in a shocking 2-0 FA Cup upset in 2009. He also holds the distinction of being the youngest-ever player to appear for Hartlepool at just 16 years old.

Striker Saër Sène has been with fourth (formerly third) division German club FC Bayern Munich II since 2009. The 6-foot-3 French striker went through the youth system of famed French club Paris Saint-Germain before dropping to the lower divisions of French soccer. He moved to Germany in 2007 and played for SG Schorndorf and SG Sonnenhof Großaspach before joining FC Bayern Munich II. Tough Sène has never appeared for the FC Bayern Munich German Bundesliga (first division) first team in meaningful competition, he was named to their 2009–10 Champions League squad. The 25 year old also scored for Bayern against AC Milan in a preseason friendly.

The Revs are currently in preseason training at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. They will play their first preseason scrimmage against FC Tucson on Saturday, January 28th, at 9 p.m. ET. The Revs are scheduled to return to Foxboro on Tuesday, January 31st before heading to Tucson, Ariz., to play in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, on Monday, February 20, through Sunday, March 4.

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  1. Chris B

    January 23, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    On the paper, the only one that stands out to me is Sene. However, obviously the point of a trial is to see them personally and up close for evaluation. Maybe the rest will surprise Heaps and co.

  2. Steve Stoehr

    January 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I’m most intrigued by White. If he’s a fast right-winger with even a modicum of crossing ability, he’s already better than Sainey Nyassi without sacrificing the speed element.

  3. Sean Donahue

    January 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I think all of their backgrounds are at least intriguing enough to warrant a trial. Foley, in particular, intrigues me. Dwayne De Rosario and Sebastien Le Toux both followed somewhat similar paths to the 2nd Division before a breakout season gave them a chance with MLS.

    • Chris B

      January 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm

      The more I looked into it, the more great things I’ve heard about Foley. Unfortunately we only have 4 international roster spots so a lot of these guys will get cut and it might come down to just that when they evaluate them.

      Then again they could always trade away Nyassi and make additional, smaller scale trades for international spots!

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