BRESCIA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 27: Davide Zoboli of Brescia Calcio celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Serie A match between Brescia Calcio and Lecce at Mario Rigamonti Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Brescia, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Update: Revolution sources have confirmed that Zoboli will train with the team before they leave for Montreal.
With two roster slots still wide open and at least one (possibly two) open international spots, the New England Revolution have a lot of options to play around with in their search for mid-season reinforcements. It can be agreed all around that defensive help and striker depth are the areas of greatest concern for the Revs, and if rumors on twitter and in the Italian media are to be believed, they may be about to address the former.
Yesterday, 30-year old Italian central defender Davide Zoboli tweeted that he was on his way to the United States for a trial with the Revolution. This was further substantiated by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, who reported that there is "an offer to be screened." That could either mean that preliminary offers are on the table, or that Zoboli is there for a trial. I'm inclined to believe the latter, myself. Keep in mind, too, that I'm getting that from Google Translate, which can be quite inaccurate.
Di Marzio's story also mentions that Zoboli is in demand at Serie B club Modena, and that it's now up to the player to decide where he wants to go. The fact that Zoboli has taken off for our fair shores is probably a stroke in the Revs' favor, but it remains to be seen what the final decision will be.
Zoboli has been with Brescia since 2004, a spell broken up by a loan stint with Torino a year or two ago. He's had Serie A experience with the Lombardy club, and if Wikipedia is to be believed, has made 170 league appearances and scored 12 goals.
Revolution officials could not be reached for comment. We will have more for you if they respond, or as news breaks.