New England Soccer Today

Two New Trialists

Bobby Devyne (pictured in Blue) joins the Revs on trial this week. (Photo credit: Chelsea FC)

Forward Bobby Kirobi Devyne and left midfielder Austin da Luz have joined the New England Revolution on trial this week. Devyne is a 19-year-old Chelsea FC Academy product, while da Luz, 24, most recently played with D.C. United.

Meanwhile former Arsenal Academy defender Tom Cruise and Italian midfielder Luisito Campisi are no longer on trial. Cruise saw just 23 minutes of action in the Revs 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, while Campisi saw a combined 56 minutes against New York on Saturday and the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday.

Florian Lechner, Bjorn Runstrom, Jeremiah White, Blake Brettschneider, Gabe Mercier and MLS Supplemental Draft picks Alec Purdie, Dawyne “Rick” Smith and Michael Roach remain on trial.

Devyne last played for England’s Chelsea FC Under-19s. The 5-foot-7 forward originally signed for Chelsea as a 13-year-old and is eligible to play for both Kenya and England at the international level, though he hasn’t appeared for either.

In addition to playing for Chelsea’s youth teams, Devyne made five reserve team appearances, including four in the 2010/2011 season before being released in June of 2011. Devyne’s last appearance came as a substitute for Chelsea FC’s reserves  as they won the Barclays Premier Reserve League national championship on penalties against Blackburn Rovers on May 16, 2011. He trialed for Football League One (England’s third division) side Brentford over the summer.

Austin da Luz, a Wake Forest University product, was drafted 14th overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls. Da Luz appeared in a U.S. Open Cup match for the Red Bulls in his rookie season, but did not play for the first team in MLS action until May 28, 2011 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. After making seven MLS appearances for New York, he was traded to D.C. United on July 18, 2011 for an international roster slot for the remainder of that season.

The 5-foot-10 California native made 14 appearances for D.C. in 2011, but was not re-signed. He also recently trialed for Real Salt Lake, but left their camp on February 10. In total, da Luz made 21 MLS appearances with nine starts in 2011.

The Revs return to preseason action on Wednesday, February 29, against Real Salt Lake at 8 p.m. in the final group stage match of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.

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  1. Chris B

    February 27, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    da Luz has bounced around but he’ll be given a shot. This Cruise thing though gets weirder and weirder; I know Heaps only needed a week in camp to know he wanted Sene, but after playing just 23 minutes can Heaps be that clear on whether he wants Cruise or not? Maybe it’s a fitness issue like we discussed on the live chat, but he seemed okay when he played.

    • Sean Donahue

      February 28, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Left midfield is certainly not a strength for the Revs, unless Heaps is planning on keeping Feilhaber there. Even if he is, it’s not a deep position by any stretch if Tierney is stuck at left back, so da Luz certainly is worth a look.

      I don’t understand the Cruise situation myself. Maybe he was unfit and has more trials scheduled elsewhere this week? The reports out of England originally said it was a two week trial.

      • Chris B

        February 28, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        Which is why I’d like to see Cruise with this team because it could free up Tierney for the left wing. I actually think we’re not that bad at left wing if you consider Tierney, Feilhaber, Cardenas and Mansally (not great but good and a pretty decent free kick taker) but depth is needed and da Luz could surely provide that.

  2. Robby Dudley

    February 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Bobby Devyne is a sweet R&B name, but it looks like this guy can finish!

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