With a genuine lack of New England Revolution news in recent weeks, there hasn’t been a need for a Revs notebook but we are back. Today was supposed to be the start of training camp ahead of the 2021 MLS regular season but that has been pushed back to March 8th for full-team training due to the CBA negotiations. That being said several players are already back in the team training facility conducting individual workouts following their individual quarantine period.
Primary Transfer Window Shifted
Last week FIFA approved amended transfer window dates for MLS. The primary transfer window will now open on March 10th and run thru June 1st. The secondary transfer window did not change and will now open July 7th and run through August 5th.
These are windows in which MLS teams can officially register their new players who were under contract previously with a club outside of MLS and where an ITC is required. Teams can agree to deals outside of these windows but a player cannot officially be added to rosters outside of these windows. In addition any in-season trades between MLS clubs have to occur within the windows.
U-22 Initiative News
Sam Stejskal of The Atheltic had a great breakdown of the ins and outs of the new U-22 DP initiative. The league hasn’t officially announced the details but the potential is certainly compelling.
According to Stejskal’s report teams could have up to three players under this tag as long as they are under 23 years old. However, teams that have three DP’s already over 23 then they would only be allowed one player under this designation. That being said teams can use TAM to buy down their current DP’s to create space. So for the New England Revolution, they already have three DP’s over the age of 23 which means they could sign one player under this new initiative based on their current roster structure.
New England could/should buy down one of their current DP’s (maybe Adam Buksa) to create roster flexibility to allow them to be a bigger player in this new initiative which could very well change the makeup of MLS just like the original allowance of DP’s (AKA the David Beckham rule).
Matt Turner Top Ten American In MLS?
MLS has a team of writers who write opinion pieces consistently on the league website. This often gets confused with actual awards and rankings put out by the league. So when the league had a post on its website regarding the Top 10 American players in MLS it is important to note that this is 100% an opinion piece.
In this piece it had Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner ranked 5th, the lone goalkeeper on the list. While I think Matt Turner is the best goalkeeper in all of MLS (American and non-American) comparing goalkeepers to outfield players and ranking them within the same classification is impossible.
Touches For C.h.a.n.g.e. Reaches Goal Again
Last week the Revolution surpassed their original $10,000 goal for the Touches for C.H.A.N.G.E. program and raised the goal to $15,000. Later in the week, the club surpassed that new milestone with current fundraising efforts surpassing $17,000 as of post.
Prayers & Best Wishes With Paul Mariner
Saturday on Twitter former NBC Sports Boston color commentator Paul Mariner tweeted out he is back on chemotherapy. Thoughts and prayers are with Paul.
Back on chemotherapy,thx for thinking of me, D, still a long road but with all the good messages I’ll pull through ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/g3UY17PVlA— Paul Mariner (@Paul_Mariner) February 21, 2021
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