Where did they all go? (Ousmane Dabo)
A total of thirteen players from the 2011 New England Revolution are not back for the 2012 season. If you just awoke from your off-season soccer hibernation you must be wondering where they all went. Many have moved on to other clubs, some are currently unemployed. Using the world wide web I did some light research to figure out where our friends are now and how they're doing. (NOTE: Only researched players who made a senior team appearance in a league match)
Rajko Lekic - F
Lekic could not come to terms with the Revs in the 2011 off-season. He signed with Danish club Lyngby Boldklub on January 31st of this year.
So far with Lyngby, Lekic has made one appearance with the club coming on as a sub and tallying an assist.
Milton Caraglio - F
The over-hyped Caraglio joined the Revs late in the year as their first DP. He hadn't played a competitive game in a year and was visibly out of shape. He surely could become a capable forward somewhere, but was not around long enough for us to find out. Citing an insane salary demand from his handlers, the Revs parted ways with him this off season.
Caraglio is now with CD Rangers, a club playing in the top tier of Chile. They are currently in 14th place on an 18 team table. Their stadium in Talca holds 8,230 fans. Caraglio so far has notched 3 goals in 8 matches.
Franco Coria - CB
Coria was our starting CB paired with AJ Soares last season opener. Some sloppy play and silly mistakes saw him relegated to the bench eventually. He was not re-signed by the Revs this off-season.
Coria is now back at his Argentine club Club Atlético Chacarita Juniors who sits in last place of the "B" league. To add salt to the wound...following a riot during their match Sunday the club's games will now be played behind closed doors. Check out the story, it makes Fortgate look like Bingo night.
Ryan Cochrane - CB
Perhaps most famous for his mustache and character he brought to the locker room, his game dropped off noticeably as the season progressed. Cochrane was waived by the Revs and he has since resurfaced with the new NASL club San Antonio Scorpions FC.
Monsef Zerka - MF
I'll never understand the Zerka defenders. He's not awful, he's just not good enough to warrant a $226,000 salary. I have no idea where he is. Some sites show him with Romanian club Petrolul Ploiesti with a question mark--literally with a question mark.
Marko Perovic - M/F
Sometimes I think of how great this current team would be with Marko Perovic. Marko, a fan favorite was a hell of a competitor and was adapting well to Major League Soccer. His 2011 campaign was cut short when he tore his ACL against Sporting KC. A messy ending saw Perovic upset and not re-sign with the club when his option came up with mid 2011.
Marko is playing for Serbian Superliga powerhouse Red Star Belgrade. So far has appeared in one match, playing 71 minutes.
Ousmane Dabo - CDM
What looked like a great signing by the Revs prior to 2011 was bringing in 34 year old Ousmane Dabo who had played at the highest levels in Europe. The classy veteran would have an impact on a young locker room and improve the team's ability to play the ball out of the back. His presence would reduce the defensive burden on Shalrie Joseph and allow him to get forward. It never really came together, Dabo could rarely get healthy and following a series of set backs, he retired from professional soccer mid season.
Kheli Dube - F
The rest remain unemployed based on all the evidence I could gather. The most curious case below is that of Ilija Stolica who was inexplicably loaned to 3rd division FC New York until he was released mid year after scoring 1 (crucial) goal for Revs.
Which Departed Revs Player Would You Re-Sign Tomorrow
Marko Perovic (61 votes)
Rajko Lekic (4 votes)
Monsef Zerka (1 vote)
Milton Caraglio (6 votes)
Ryan Cochrane (0 votes)
Other (3 votes)
75 total votes