New England Soccer Today

Revs Deny Claims Contained in Feb. 1 Zerka Story

On Thursday, the New England Revolution contacted New England Soccer Today to deny the claim of the unnamed source contained in the “Zerka Not Returning article published on Feb. 1.

In the aforementioned article, the source told New England Soccer Today that Revolution head coach Jay Heaps and general manager Michael Burns “never had serious discussions to try to bring [Monsef] Zerka back.” The Revolution, through their media relations department, asserted that the team did, in fact, attempt to re-sign the French winger and bring him back for the 2012 season.

While we regret that we did not originally contact the team for a response, the source – whom we have independently verified as having first-hand knowledge of the negotiations – stands by its story “100%.”

Further, the source advises that Zerka wanted to remain with the Revolution. But after preliminary contract talks were conducted, the source asserts that the club repeatedly stalled during the negotiation process before it eventually notified him that it had decided to go in a different direction.

The team denies this assertion and claim they did, in fact, work to keep him at the club.


  1. Chris B

    February 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    They’re entitled to their side of the story but they have to understand based on previous evidence the anonymous source sounds like they are telling at least more of the truth.

    Regardless, let’s just move on, the season starts in about a month and we still have a lot of holes that need filling and questions that need answering.

  2. RevGunner

    February 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

    We needed to makes SOME changes. I mean if we brought back Zerka, Lekic and Caraglio we would have the same team we did last year. I would have to seen Lekic come back but it really doesn’t matter. To be honest I’m not shocked about Lekic. Listen to some of the old games, Heaps never seemed to be a fan. I think Rowe will be long term upgrade to Zerka and Caraglio never really seemed come together. I’m giving Heaps the chance to build his own club. We also all forget about Cardenas who I continue to hear is legit.

  3. qqcd

    February 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    The source and the Revs are both right.
    The source said they never SERIOUSLY persued Zerka.
    The Revs say the persued Zerka.

    Its just that the Revs probably gave a lowball offer, but its still an offer…

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