It appears that Lee Nguyen may not have been the only addition that the Revs made to their squad yesterday. In the wake of the Revs claiming the former US National Team midfielder, last night trialist Blake Brettschneider tweeted that New England will be the next stop in his young career:
Looks like New England is home now. Grateful for the opportunity and ready to begin a new chapter. #Revs— Blake Brettschneider (@Blakebrett11) March 3, 2012
While tweets are often good indicators of activity such as signings, the team has not made any official comment about adding the former DC United striker to the roster. Team sources have indicated that several announcements can be expected early next week regarding signings but have not released any specifics.
More Brettschneider thoughts after the jump...
If Brettschneider has indeed signed with the Revs, then there is a possibility that other trialists such as supplemental draft selection Rick Smith or former Hammarby standout Bjorn Runstrom may not be making the team. If the team does not end up letting any currently contracted players go, and if they do intend to stick to just a 28-man roster, then the addition of Nguyen and potential addition of Brettschneider would leave only 2 spots left--spots that Heaps and company may choose to use on someone like Florian Lechner to provide more depth on defense, an area that is arguably still a bit thin.
Brettschneider is young and certainly has a lot of potential, which has been echoed by many since signing with DC United last year. Many United fans and general MLS observers alike were surprised by DC letting the striker go just about a month ago, but needing to make room for other forwards coupled with a reportedly less-than-stellar pre-season with United led to them showing him the door. Their loss, however, may end up turning into the Revs' gain.
In my opinion, I wouldn't say that he has been particularly impressive while in camp with the club, but then again, I've only been able to see him in limited minutes against the Desert Diamond Cup opposition thus far. If he has been signed, then one can assume that Heaps and his staff saw something in training or even just off the pitch in general that made them want to get him in Revolution blue this season.
It will be interesting to see where Brettschneider fits in should be indeed be in a Revs uniform come next week. He would be looking to challenge for minutes against the likes of Saer Sene, Diego Fagundez, Zack Schilawski, and Jose Moreno. But with 15 appearances in his rookie season with DC United, Brettschneider will surely be looking to make the most of his chances to get as much playing time as possible and get his promising career back on track.