COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 03: Blake Brettschneider #29 of D.C. United strikes the ball as Marvell Wynne #22 of the Colorado Rapids defends at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 3, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
After yesterday waving Zack Schilawski and Ryan Kinne, the New England Revolution announced the signing of forward Blake Brettschneider, midfielder Alec Purdie, and midfielder Michael Roach. This brings their current roster up to 26. The Revolution's stated goal is to reach 28 rostered players.
Most people were aware of the impending signing of Blake Brettschneider who had sent out a few tweets over the last few days that all but told his followers that he had signed with the club. At only 22, he played in limited time with D.C. United last year after being drafted in the second round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft. With Brettschneider signed, the impending arrival of Jose Moreno, and Saer Sene on the roster, the Revolution are still missing a proven MLS-quality goal scorer, but have at least made progress in obtaining strikers for the roster.
Alec Purdie was selected in the second round of this year's Supplemental Draft. During the Desert Diamond Cup, he played as a wide-midfielder, setting up a very nice goal for Jeremiah White against the LA Galaxy. Michael Roach was taken in the fourth round of this year's Supplemental Draft and played some minutes during the Desert Diamond Cup as well. Both Purdie and Roach add depth to the Revolutions' midfield, which is perhaps their deepest position.
At 22, 23, and 23, all three players are young, which is nice compared to past Revolution off-seasons where the team has brought in numerous older players. In addition to being relatively young, none of these players take up an international spot.
Surprisingly, or at least disappointingly based on possibilities for chants and tifos, Tom Cruise has - thus far - not been signed by the team. So with two more spots to fill on their roster before the season starts, I would assume that the Revolution will attempt to bring in some more reinforcements at forward or outside back as those seem to be the two positions that lack most in depth. However, with the news that either Carlos Bocanegra, Alejandro Bedoya, or both could be coming to MLS, there could be a possibility that one of the remaining roster spots could be used for them, if the Revs use their allocation spot, or perhaps other players that they could net in a trade for the pick.
What are your thoughts on these three signings? Are there any trialists who you thought should have been signed instead? How do you see the Revs filling up their last two roster spots? Discuss below.