Red Sox ‘s Alex Verdugo Excited To Reunite With Kiké Hernandez After Reported Deal

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Kiké Hernandez reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, and Alex Verdugo appears to be quite excited.

The duo were teammates on the Los Angeles Dodgers before Verdugo was traded from LA to Boston as the centerpiece in the Mookie Betts trade.

Shortly after news broke that the sides agreed to the deal, Verdugo took to Instagram to express his excitement.

Alex Verdugo is excited to reunite with Kiké Hernandez, who he was teammates with on the Dodgers before being traded to the Red Sox. pic.twitter.com/8xAl28yLJv— Steve Hewitt (@steve_hewitt) January 23, 2021

The Red Sox head to Florida next month for spring training.

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Providence College Friars Announce 2020-21 Soccer Schedule

Let there be Division I collegiate soccer. On Friday the Providence College Friars Men’s Soccer Team announced their 2020-21 schedule. To kick things off the Friars will have two non-conference games with URI kicking things off on 2/13 and followed up by Boston College on 2/20.

Big East action starts on 2/27 when the Friars will travel to Connecticut to take on the Huskies.

Back in August, it was announced that the men’s soccer season would be postponed from the Fall to the Spring due to COVID-19. In the last Big East season for soccer that occurred in 2019, the Friars went 16-7 overall and 6-3 in Big East play.

2020-21 Schedule

2/13: vs. Rhode Island at 1:00 p.m.

2/20: at Boston College at 2.00 p.m.

2/27: at Connecticut at 2:00 p.m.

3/3: at Villanova at 2:00 p.m.

3/6: vs Georgetown at 12:00 p.m.

3/10: vs St. Johns at 3:00 p.m.

3/13: at Seton Hall at 7:00 p.m.

3/17: vs UConn at 6:00 p.m.

3/20: vs Villanova at 6:00 p.m.

3/27: at Georgetown at 12:00 p.m.

4/3: at St. Johns at 5:00 p.m.

4/10: vs Seton Hall at 12:00 p.m.

Currently the Big East Tournament is scheduled to start on April 14 with the Semifinals and capped off with the Finals on April 17th.

Here is the current roster and coaching staff for the Friars ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Coaching Staff: Craig Stewart ( Head Coach), John Mark Andrade (Associate Head Coach), Dave DeMello (Assistant Coach), Karl Spratt (Volunteer Goalkeeping Coach)

#NAMEPOS.YEARHOMETOWN / PREVIOUS SCHOOL1Rimi OlatunjiGKR-Jr.Brampton, Ontario. / Cardinal Ambrozic CSS2Christopher RomanMJr.Glastonbury, Conn. / Glastonbury3Jason PereiraDFr.Bloomfield, N.J. / Seton Hall Prep4Ryan SledjeskiDR-So.Bedford, N.H. / Bedford High School5Adam RiisDFr.Hellerup, Denmark / Rysensteen Gymnasium6Paulo LimaMJr.Lisbon, Portugal / Escola Secundaria Stuart Carvalhais7Gil SantosFJr.Parede, Portugal / Escola Secundaria De Carcavelos9Davis SmithFSr.Amherst, Mass. / Williston Northampton School10Gevork DiarbianFFr.Cranston, R.I. / La Salle Academy12Samuel BivenMFr.Atlanta, Georgia / North Atlanta High School13Gage RafteryMSo.Seattle, Wash. / Seattle Academy14Malcolm DuncanDSr.Toronto, Ontario / Rosedale Heights School15Ramzi QawasmyDJr.Landsdale, Pa. / YSC Academy16Garrett KingMR-Sr.Scarborough, Maine / Scarborough17Brendan McSorleyFFr.Randolph, N.J. / Delbarton School18Aidan MelvilleMFr.Cumberland Foreside, Maine / Greely High School19Kevin VangMJr.Cranston, R.I. / Cranston East20Giovani JimenezMR-Jr.Turnersville, N.J. / Washington Township22Armaan WilsonMFr.Kleinburg, Ontario / Emily Carr Secondary School23Jonny NixonFR-So.Cheshire, England / Abbeygate College25Ryan GallagherGKFr.Safety Harbor, Fla. / Jesuit High School Tampa26Dylan CurranDR-Jr.Boston, Mass. / Beaver Country Day28Shota GogiaGKR-So.Moscow, Russia / Moscow State School29Cameron RevelsMR-So.Clover, S.C. / Wakefield High School (N.C.)30Lukas BurnsGKFr.Cinnaminson, N.J. / YSC Academy
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Revolution Roster In Better Spot Than Start Of 2020 Following SuperDraft

We are now thru the 2021 MLS SuperDraft where the New England Revolution selected two players. The first being a striker in Edward Kizza and the second a full-back named Francois Dulysse. With the draft in the rear-view let us take a look at where things stand in terms of depth.

On Thursday’s call with reporters, Revs Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena made it a point to note the club looked at the draft from a positional needs perspective. Arena also hinted that another player was likely to be signed by the club ahead of the 2021 MLS season. So with that in mind, where are the holes in the roster?

Let’s start with the goalkeeper situation and work our way up to the strikers.

(All players are those that the Revolution owns the MLS rights to, not necessarily who is signed to a first-team contract as of post.)

Goalkeepers: Matt Turner, Brad Knighton, Earl Edwards Jr.

The goalkeeper spot is locked, nothing more needed here for the Revs.

Defenders: Brandon Bye, Jon Bell, A.J. DeLaGarza, Francois Dulysse, Andrew Farrell, DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Christian Mafla, Collin Verfurth

This list does not include Tajon Buchanan who played right-back during the 2020 MLS Cup playoffs for the Revs. Overall the backline is solid with some versatility with DeLaGarza able to play the center back position as well as a right-back. New England drafting Dulysse helped solidify the depth at center back but there may still be questions here.

The backline had the biggest departure of veterans (Alex Butner, Antonio Delamea, Michael Mancienne, Seth Sinovic) of any group of players on the roster. A lot is banking on Mafla being a success story at left-back. Wouldn’t mind the club signing another MLS veteran backline.

Midfield: Emmanuel Boateng, Luis Caicedo, Scott Caldwell, Carles Gil, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Tommy McNamara, Matt Polster, Damian Rivera

The return of Caicedo makes the depth in the defensive side of the midfield strong with Scott Caldwell and Matt Polster likely battling it out to be the opposite of Caicedo. Boateng brings in nice pace and Kaptoum has the potential to be a dynamite signing for the Revs. Still, a lot of unknowns on how the pieces come together in the attacking midfield. The only sure bet is Carles Gil.

Rumor has it the club may be looking to add another body here.

Forward: Gustavo Bou, Tajon Buchanan, Adam Buksa, Teal Bunbury, Edward Kizza, Justin Rennicks

New England completed this group during the draft by adding another striker in Edward Kizza to the roster. Last season when Buksa was not in the lineup the Revs lacked a real target man. It will be interesting to see what a full season of Gil healthy will do for Buksa and what Bou will look like playing in his true role and not be on the ball constantly.

Revolution Roster takeaways

The Revs took care of business during the 2021 MLS SuperDraft. With international newcomers and SuperDraft picks there is always a lot of unknowns in terms of immediate production. The talent is clearly there for the Revs however and as a whole, the roster is in a much better place now than at this point last year.

Are there still areas of need? Sure, another veteran piece on the backline and an extra body in the midfield could help. But nothing that appears immediate. Will need to see the team in training camp and in the preseason to truly judge where things are at, however.

New England’s biggest obstacle right now is MLS itself. There is no date for the team to start training, nothing set in terms of a preseason schedule, and just a potential for a mid-March start for the season which seems unlikely given the CBA issues the league has brought upon itself.
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Examining if the Toronto Maple Leafs Play is Inconsistent

It’s game night and the Toronto Maple Leafs lost again. Fans are angry and Twitter is on fire. Sure their overall record is alright, but this loss is unacceptable because “other teams just don’t lose like that”. Admittedly, the way they lose can be difficult to watch. Sometimes it honestly looks like half the team doesn’t care. This leads to a lot of discussions that the Toronto Maple Leafs play is particularly inconsistent.
There has always been reason to be skeptical of this narrative. All teams have painful nights where it doesn’t even look like they are trying. Even teams that go on to win the Stanley Cup. The problem is it upsets more people when the Leafs do it, and more people hear about it as result. So today let’s dive into the data to see if the Toronto Maple Leafs play is inconsistent, or if this narrative is overblown.
Toronto Maple Leafs Play
Quantifying Inconsistency
For the purpose of this post, we are talking about the variance of a team’s even-strength results. We are going to focus on Expected Goals (xG). xG takes all a game’s shots and weighs them based on the probability they become a goal. This way a point shot is worth far less than a rebound in front of the net. xG ends up being far less random in one game samples than actual goals data. It also doesn’t account for goalies. So if your team gets shelled but wins 1-0, xG stills shows the team got outplayed.
How does Toronto’s game to game xG differential standard deviation stack up to the rest of the league? Let’s compare them to the other competitive teams in the NHL over the past 2 seasons.

The Leafs have the 8th highest standard deviation of xG differential at the game level. This is some evidence of “inconsistency”. It shows the Leafs results vary more than the average competitive team from game to game, but it’s nothing definitive. The reason why is that “variance” can be good or bad. For example, let’s compare the Leafs distribution to the Vegas Golden Knights over the same period.
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The Knights are a high variance team, but are they inconsistent? Well yes, just in a good way. They tend to dominate their opponents, what varies so widely is by how much. Sometimes they crush their opponents, other times they only out chance them by a small amount. So to see if the Leafs are more inconsistent than most in the painful way we have all become custom to, we will need a different measure of inconsistency.
Loss Threshold
This brings us to what I’m calling “loss threshold”. Counting games as below the loss threshold when a team loses the even-strength expected goals battle by at least a full goal. Games like these are disastrous. They are generally the kind of games that light that fanbases twitter-sphere on fire because they were just getting shelled.
As a result of these games being so terrible, they are fairly rare. Games below the loss threshold only happened about once every 10 games to competitive teams, on average. This means how many games a team has below the loss threshold should give us a nice idea of how often any team gets completely outplayed, and therefore how inconsistent teams are. How does Toronto stack up against the competent teams in the league in terms of games below the loss threshold? Well, it’s really ugly.

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost the even-strength expected goals battle by one xG or more 32 times in the past two seasons. This is the second-most games below the loss threshold of the competitive teams over the past two seasons. Toronto getting crushed this often is a massive red flag, showing they are hilariously inconsistent, but it gets even worse.
Accounting for xG%
Obviously how many games teams have below the loss threshold is correlated with their overall ability to drive play. Toronto has been fairly good at driving play over the past two seasons, with an xGF% around 52%. This is well above average, but not quite elite. So, we should account for a team’s overall ability when looking at the team’s games below the loss threshold.

Toronto is the biggest outlier by a mile here. They drive play like a strong team but have been crushed as often as we would expect a bottom feeder too. Toronto had 32 games in the previous two seasons below the loss threshold, and other teams around Toronto’s quality only have half of that. The Toronto Maple Leafs appear to have had as many disastrous as some of the weakest play driving teams in the NHL, despite the fact their overall results are pretty strong. It’s also worth noting no other team’s number of disastrous games is that far away from their overall xG%, this problem has only existed in Toronto.
So, next time Toronto has a terrible game, then Twitter lights on fire talking about how other teams don’t have this many awful showings, know it’s not fans being overdramatic. The Leafs have been the most inconsistent team in the league by a considerable margin. They are still a strong team who has generally outplayed their opponents, but their bad nights have been way more common than any other team of their calibre.
They get filled in at even strength as often as some of the worst play driving teams in the NHL, and they are the only competitive team in the league with a large difference between their overall ability to drive play and how often they have been dominated at even strength. Looks like I was wrong. Sure every team has their off nights, but nobody has had off nights nearly as often as the Toronto Maple Leafs over the past two seasons.
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Jaylen Brown Wants ‘Same Energy’ Kept Toward Social Justice With Joe Biden As President

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Jaylen Brown has become a spokesperson of sorts for the entire NBA — not just the Boston Celtics — when it comes to social issues the chaotic state of current events the United States has faced for who knows how long now.

And for good reason.

From the youngest player ever to be appointed as vice president of the National Basketball Players’ Association, you’re going to get a response that is researched and well thought out. There is no well-intentioned virtue signaling from the man who drove 15 hours from Boston to lead peaceful protests in his native Atlanta.

The social change he says he’s fighting for? He’s really about that life.

That was evident Thursday afternoon after Celtics practice, when Brown inevitably was asked about Wednesday’s inauguration, where President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office.

Brown was asked, essentially, if the changing of the guard at the White House brought him any relief. But as we should know by now, he doesn’t play into identity politics.

A change in administration isn’t what he’s been fighting for.

“Like everybody, we all want to be optimistic and definitely feel like change is going to come, but I think we’ve seen this before,” Brown said.

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“I think we’ve had previous presidents who gave those same glimmers of hope and people were still dying that shouldn’t have been. There’s still systemic oppression that exists. I don’t want to be pessimistic, but I think now having a new face (Biden), people are taking their foot off the gas, thinking that everything is ok now. I would like to challenge that. We still have a lot of work to do, regardless if Biden is in office or not.”

It’s a fair point. Especially considering both Biden and Harris have been elected public officials for decades.

Brown was proud to see so many fellow athletes stepping up as protests against racial inequality swept the nation, but that can’t relent. The emerging NBA All-Star wants to keep seeing that effort, like in the way he and his Celtics teammates have been pushing for a Massachusetts police reform bill to pass in their fight for social justice.

These are the steps that ultimately lead to real change, no matter who is in the oval office.

“My dilemma was never with any presidencies or selections of different faces. It’s more about the system, I think, that needs to be changed. I definitely think a lot of people feel at ease knowing that there’s a different president that’s going to be representing our country going forward. I know there was a lot of stress attached to our former president, potentially. But I definitely want to keep the same energy up in terms of having the awareness and pushing forward for change. We’ve obviously had glimmers of hope in the past, and they haven’t necessarily panned out to any direct change. I want people to still keep the same energy. Just because we have a new president doesn’t mean the system doesn’t need to be changed. We gotta keep the same energy up. People still gotta care. People still need to make phone calls, you know, etc. So, I’m looking forward to continuing to fight for change.”

Well said, per usual.

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Bruce Cassidy Has Great Reaction To Bruins Beating Flyers In Shootout

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The shootout was not kind to the Boston Bruins during the 2019-20 NHL season. But it’s a bit different through four games this year.

Boston did not win a game when it went to a shootout during last year’s slate of games, but it already has won two through its first four contests, including a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

It’s certainly a welcome change, especially early in the season. And with a division realignment that only will see four teams from each division reach the playoffs, every win counts.

After the game, Bruce Cassidy couldn’t help but reflect on last year’s woes.

“Last year we couldn’t win one to save our lives and now we’ve won two,” the B’s head coach said. “… Go figure.”

Go figure, indeed.

The Bruins play the Flyers again at TD Garden on Saturday in search of their third win of the season.

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Connelly’s Top Ten – Brady Time (nooooooo!)

Championship Weekend

Brady in Green Bay – 43-66 (65%) / 6 TD to 0 INTRodgers record at home in postseason – 6-1Rodgers in NFC Championship 1-3 record / 6 TD to 8 TurnoversSome smart businessman in Buffalo should be selling screen protectors for the Bills Mafia TV that will be pelted by full cans of Busch beer on SundayMahomes’ problem is not his head – it is his footMahomes in AFC Championship 6 TD to 0 INT / 5-1 postseason record

Coaching wins by former Celtic players:

Don Nelson………1,335Rick Carlisle……….800KC Jones…………..522Tom Heinsohn…….427Paul Silas…………..387Bill Russell…………341Don Chaney……….337Bill Sharman………333Chris Ford………….323Paul Westphal…….318Kevin McHale……..232Dave Cowens……..161Larry Bird……………147Bob Cousy………….141Danny Ainge……….136Ed Macauley………..89Brian Shaw………….56ML Carr………………48Sam Vincent……….32Tom Sanders………23Quinn Buckner…….13Dennis Johnson……8

Commitment to Excellence? Off season transactions by team:

Patriots….Beau Allen / Adrian Phillips / Damiere Byrd / Dan Vitale / Marqise LeeRed Sox..Zac Grotz / Hunter Renfroe / Matt Andriese / Daniel Gossett,Celtics…..Tristan Thompson / Jeff TeagueBruins…..Craig Smith

Brady versus Manning – their last four playoff games

Tom Brady………….20 completions per game / 56% completion / 4 TD to 2 INTPeyton Manning….19 completions per game / 56% completion / 3 TD to 1 INT

Colleges with the most players represented in the first round in Yardbarker’s mock draft:

Alabama…….5Ohio State…..4Virginia Tech..2Penn St………2Clemson…….2LSU………….2Michigan…….2

No Rookies of the Year for 13 years – also speaks to winning and low selections in first round:

2007 – Dustin Pedroia2004 – Andrew Raycroft1998 – Sergei Samsonov1997 – Nomar1988 – John Stephens1980 – Ray Bourque1980 – Larry Bird1975 – Fred Lynn1972 – Carlton Fisk1971 – Dave Cowens1968 – Derek Sanderson1967 – Bobby Orr1961 – Don Schwall1957 – Tom Heinsohn1950 – Walt Droppo1950 – Jack Gelineau1939 – Frank Brimsek

Amazing Stats – Tampa 2020 compared to Patriots 2001 were both 8-5 on week 13:

Patriots 2001…Week 13 record 8-5 / 9 game winning streak to end seasonTampa 2020….Week 13 record 8-5 / 6 game winning streak

Old School – June 30th, 1916 – Red Sox vs Senators

Sox pitcher Carl Mays hits Senator George McBride with pitch / McBride throws bat at MaysIn the ensuing bench clearing brawl – Red Sox catcher Sam Agnew punched Washington Senators manager Clark Griffith in the face.Police arrest Agnew and throw him in jail in his uniformRed Sox team and owner Joseph Lannin brought South Boston congressman Joseph Gallivan to courtAgnew was released

Just a Little Bit Outside – On April 30, 1908 – A shackled Harry Houdini jumped off the Harvard Bridge into the Charles River in front of 20,000 people including Mayors of Cambridge and Boston – he escaped in 40 secondsRandomocity

Not one child under the age of 18 died in a fire in Massachusetts in 2020Does Brady come out and hang out with Brees and his kids if he lost?Abstract art is a fraudNo fumbles lost in the snow bowl with RaidersFirst Nets game with the Big Three – Field Goal Attempts: Irving – 28 / Durant 25 / Harden – 14Chara average minutes after 4 games – 19:38Josh McDaniels makes $4mm a year as a coordinator calling plays on the flat
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Revolution Notebook: New England Looking To Bring In Another Player

Following Thursday’s 2021 MLS SuperDraft the New England soccer media chatted with Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena for the first time since December. With the club being very active in free agent signings and transfers it was only natural for the discussion to move off of the draft and to the club’s roster.

The key takeaways?

Scouting during the pandemic, Alex Buttner leaving and Christian Mafla coming in, the return of Luis Caicedo, and another signing looming on the horizon.

Below is Arena’s answers to these questions in their full glory….

On Difficulties Of Pandemic Scouting, Another Signing coming, And Roster build

“It was not possible,” said Bruce Arena on scouting players in person during 2020. “It is a difficult year in that sense. I give a lot of credit to our staff. Remi Roy heads up a lot of that. Scouting, he did a lot of work on film. He was joined by Chris Tierney and Curt Onalfo and our coaching staff. A lot of the work during the year was done obviously with video. Obviously, we have a lot of scouting services and in this day and age, you can see players from all over the world and get their most recent games with no problem. So, that is the way we scouted. We also obviously used people in those geographical areas whose opinions we respect. And, then obviously just calling players and talking to them. And seeing what the right fits were. That’s the way we did it this year. In a typical year, we would go out and see those players in person on one, two, three occasions. We missed that this year, but I think and I am hopeful that we did a good job. We think that (Wilfrid) Kaptoum and Mafla are going to be really good additions to our roster. We will probably also sign another player before we start the regular season. And, we have a complement of domestic players in (A.J.) DeLaGarza, (Emmanuel) Boateng, and (Earl) Edwards (Jr.) that we have added to our roster. The other part that I find to be pretty exciting is now we enter kind of year three with this coaching staff but really it’s the second year. The first year was pretty short when we came in late. We fully know our players, they know us. They should be getting better, our team should be growing. We played a lot of young players in 2020 and we think when they step on the field in 2021 they should be better players. We are optimistic that we have a stronger roster this year and hopefully that means we are going to get better results. So, I look forward to the season.”

There is nothing official here yet, the club is currently connected to Icelandic international midfielder Arnor Traustason who is playing in the Sweedish top tier for Malmo.

On Alex Buttner Leaving And Christian Mafla Signing

“We did a lot of work in seeing (Christian) Mafla,” said Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena on the left-back position. “Mafla was highly regarded in Colombia. We did a lot of work. Again, the uniqueness of 2020 did not permit us to actually go and see the players in person. But we did a lot of work with him on film and did a lot of background on him and spoke to coaches in Columbia that we know whose opinion means something. So, we feel like we got a good one in Mafla. In the case of Alex. He is going to be a father for the first time this year and moving back closer to home was to his advantage. So, we were able to reach an agreement where he would go back to Europe and we did that.”

It is worth noting that Buttner the day after his contract was terminated with the Revolution has signed a deal with Apollon Limassol FC of the Cypriot First Division in Cyprus. According to the club his contract runs thru May of 2022.

On return of Luis Caicedo

“I think it is important,” said Arena when asked about the return of midfielder Luis Caicedo. “Luis when healthy, and we think he is going to be at 100% when he returns or close to it, he has some unique qualities that we missed in the midfield. In that particular position he is a ball winner, he has pace, and he gives us a little bit of bite in the center midfield. I think that those qualities will complement the players that play ahead of him.”
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Revolution Draft A Striker With Upside In 2021 MLS SuperDraft

Just over two hours into the 2021 MLS Super Draft the New England Revolution were on the clock with the 24th overall pick. New England took a timeout at the end of their allotted time and then came back with a surprising announcement. With former defender Chris Tierney announcing the pick the team selected Pittsburgh Forward Edward Kizza.

A native of Kampala, Uganda, Kizza will occupy an International Roster spot which for an MLS SuperDraft pick in the ’20s is a big give-up. This speaks to the team’s confidence in his ability to come in and compete for minutes right off the bat. Many MLS teams likely stayed away from Kizza due to his departure from Pitt in October. That being said some were very high on Kizza. Coming into the 2021 MLS SuperDraft SBI Soccers’ Ives Valarcep had Kizza as the sixth-best player available in the draft.

“He’s in good standing here,” Pitt soccer coach Jay Vidovich told Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in October. “He didn’t desert the program or anything like that. He’s just dealing with other responsibilities.”

“No,” said Revs Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena on if there were any concerns on Kizza leaving Pitt early. “We did background work with his coach who I have known for 20 years. Jay Vidovich, one of the outstanding people in college soccer and an excellent coach. I trust his word. And, I checked with other coaches and the player (Kizza) came out with good grades. He is a very good player and we feel very fortunate that we got him as late as we did in the first round. So I think we got a little bit of luck with this draft pick. He graduated from Pitt in December. So he is going to come in and be ready for preseason.”

In 2019 he started 20 matches for Pitt scoring 12 goals and tallying four assists. In three collegiate seasons, he appeared in 53 matches, 52 starts, and bagged 31 goals, and tallied 7 assists. Accolades were bountiful for Kizza at Pittsburgh with two All-ACC First Team nods coming in 2018 and 2019. Kizza is a physical striker who was able to consistently score goals in college. Look for him to provide the Revolution depth up top behind Adam Buksa and give them a true back-up striker option. This was an area of weakness for the team during the 2020 MLS season.

Revolution Take Revs II Signee At Pick 51

The second round brought pace to the MLS SuperDraft. With the Revs quickly up at pick 51 the club selected Francois Dulysse. Dulysse, a 21-year-old defender, signed a USL League One contract with Revs II back on December 9th.

He started his collegiate career with the University of Central Florida but has spent the last two years at Manhattan College. In three collegiate seasons, he logged 30 games including 15 in his junior year where he logged over 1,000 minutes. In his junior season, he helped Manhattan earn a MAAC Tournament berth. Dulysse is currently apart of the U-23 player pool for Hati. With Manhattan College not playing last season, the Revs were able to scout the centerback during his time with the Haitian National Team.

With the selection, the Revs now own his MLS rights for two seasons while he can play and develop in USL League One.

Photo Credit: Manhattan College

Revolution Draft As A Whole

New England did have a third pick in the draft at No 78 but they elected to pass which is common with what other MLS teams tend to do in the later stages of the draft.

In his post-draft press conference Bruce Arena noted that this year is a lot different than last year. Only 25ish DI programs actually held seasons for soccer this past year and the team couldn’t scout players in person. This meant the technical staff going thru video, making phone calls, and doing all the leg work remotely to ensure they were educated properly on each player.

Another change that is specifically Revolution related is their roster build ahead of the draft itself. New England’s overall roster is in a better spot than 2020 with depth covered at the majority of key positions. In terms of the club’s thought process on the 2021 SuperDraft. The best talent available versus positional needs. The Revolution looked at things from a positional needs perspective, taking Kizza with their first pick added depth at the striker position. And then later on bolstering the center back position with Dulysse.

“Certainly positional needs,” said Arena when asked about the club’s approach to the draft. “We have a roster that we feel good about. We have good depth at most positions. We think we needed a little bit of help in the number nine position as well as center-back. We were able to address that in the draft. Hopefully, these players can come in and show us that they have potential.

Two Revs II Signees Drafted By Other Teams

There were four players in the MLS SuperDraft player pool that had signed USL League One contracts with Revs II. One of those players, Michael DeShields, was selected with the fifth overall pick by D.C. United out of Wake Forest.

Essentially the way this works is if DeShields is offered a contract (he will be) from D.C. his USL League One contract will be voided. But if he isn’t offered a contract D.C. would hold his MLS rights for two seasons and could still play with Revs II. As an example, last year the San Jose Earthquakes drafted defender Jonathan Bell in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Bell was not offered an MLS contract and ended up signing with Revs II where he spent the 2020 season. This past off-season the Revs then traded for Bell’s MLS rights in order to potentially sign him to a first-team contract.

In total there were three Revs II signees in the MLS SuperDraft player pool with Francois Dulysse and Sean O’Hearn being the other two. O’Hearn like DeShields was drafted by another MLS team. The Georgetown defender was taken by Minnesota United with the 38th overall pick in the draft.
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IMPERIAL ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS TO 2021 COLLECTION

BOURBON, MO – Imperial Headwear, the #1 headwear brand for Private and Resort golf facilities as reported by the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) in the Member Survey the last four consecutive years, announced mid-season additions to its 2021 Collection to be unveiled at the virtual PGA Show next week.
Please visit Imperial’s virtual showroom at the PGA Show website here.
Imperial’s 2021 product catalog debuted for Imperial sales representatives in August 2020, and the brand continues to build on its growing selection of innovative new styles, designs and decoration techniques.

The headwear company’s impressive roster of customization options saw the additions of a new Micro Patch, reflective patch and laser etched leather patch in August. Overall, 30 new products were added to the line as well as dozens of new color options for their best-selling styles. Now, a recent mid-season release of two brand new styles, as well as new color options in some best selling hats, are shaking things up and keeping the classic brand’s current lineup looking modern and fresh.
 

The Barnes (style 5056)

A brand new twist on the original rope hat. The Barnes has the same adjustable retro fit and woven rope as the best selling rope hat in golf, The Wrightson. And now available in 11 different crown colors of lightweight cotton twill.

The Oglethorpe (style 4062)

The Oglethorpe is a knit performance tonal camo cap. Its performance fabric has all of the lightweight breathability and popular moisture wicking features as the styles in Imperial’s core performance collection. Where The Oglethorpe proves to be unique is in its knit texture and tonal camo pattern with contrasting black undervisor.

Lastly, two exciting new X210P fabric color options for the headwear brand’s best-selling core performance collection were debuted in the mid-season announcement. ‘Aubergine’ is a warm, dark, brownish-purple hue resembling the skin of eggplants. Also added was the new blue-green ‘Sea Glass’ color option. Both will be added to the 30+ options already available for select performance styles in the line.

“Imperial is excited to offer some great new products, as well as more options in best selling styles, in the headwear and T-shirt categories in 2021,” said David Shaffer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Imperial. “These types of quality items are essential in every golf shop today. Golfers are playing more than ever, and then going home to wear comfortable clothing like T-shirts.”
 
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