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Report: Revs Eying Sporting CP Targets

Photo credit: Sporting Clube de Portugal

Photo credit: Sporting Clube de Portugal

After the first 14 months of their partnership with Sporting CP failed to bear fruit, it appears that the Revolution may finally be preparing to hand pick a player or two from the Portuguese outfit.

On Friday, Revolution general manager Michael Burns told O Jornal that he’s hoping to bring in some players from Sporting in 2016.

“We’re in discussion with Sporting about those possibilities right now,” Burns told O Jornal. “We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to get a player or two wearing a Revs uniform next year or beyond that’s coming from Sporting. I think that’ll be great for the partnership.”

However, Burns indicated that a signing or loan deal with a Sporting product isn’t necessarily imminent.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, because there’s nothing done officially yet with any player,” Burns said. “So it’s just kind of in the discussion stage right now that we were able to go over there, and spend some time with some of their board members and technical staff, so the discussions are on-going.”

Earlier this year, Burns accompanied Revolution assistant coach Tom Soehn to meet with Sporting’s brass to discuss a potential move.

According to a source, the Revolution were interested in winger Heldon Ramos, who was subsequently loaned to La Liga side Cordoba.

In the meantime, the Revolution currently have a trio of players – midfielders Zachary Herivaux and Donnie Smith, as well as forward Sean Okoli – in Portugal training with the Leoes. They are expected to remain with the club until the end of the week.

“This was a Revolution decision, obviously with Sporting’s blessing,” Burns said. “The three players we sent there didn’t have a lot of first team minutes for us this year, but they’re guys that we’re bullish on going forward. We feel they can help the Revs and be members in MLS for a long time.”

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