Stage One of the Re-Entry draft was on Friday and, as has become the tradition, only a few players were selected. The Re-Entry Draft with reconvene on Thursday with Stage Two, which allows teams to negotiate player salaries. Although Eric Kronberg, Andy Gruenebaum and Robbie Findley are now off the board, there are still plenty of players that the New England Revolution might be interested in. Let's take a look at the candidates.
Omar Cummings at striker. A star with the Colorado Rapids, Cummings hasn’t found much success since moving to the Houston Dynamo in 2012. Between injuries, Cummings has shown that he still has the same speed and creativity that he’s used to torment MLS defenders since 2007. At 32 years old, Cummings only has a few productive years left. Still, he would be a valuable veteran presence that has the propensity to score goals.
Other striker options: Edson Buddle, Kamani Hill, Andrew Wiedeman
Jeff Parke at center back. Before he was sidelined with injuries, Parke was having a strong season with DC United. In the first 13 games of the season, Parke helped his team amass five shutouts. When Parke returned to full health, however, he found himself on the outside looking in as rookie Steve Birnbaum had usurped the center back position. With Parke being viewed as surplus in the nation’s capital, the Revolution might want to add the 32-year-old.
Other center back options: Patrick Ianni, Bakary Soumare, Danny O'Rourke
Marvell Wynne for defensive cover. The Revolution’s defense is uncertain, which makes Wynne a tempting choice. Originally a right back, Wynne has largely played in the center since joining the Rapids in 2010. In his second year as a professional, Wynne earned his first call-up to the US National Team. Since then, however, he has only collected four additional caps. At 28 years old, Wynne still has plenty to offer and a move to New England might be just what he needs to reinvigorate his career.
Other options to provide defensive cover: Hunter Jumper, Gonzalo Segares, Kosuke Kimura
Hendry Thomas at defensive midfield. Thomas was sensational as a defensive midfielder for the Rapids in 2013. In fact, Oscar Pareja liked Thomas so much that he persuaded the player to move to FC Dallas with him. Unfortunately, an ACL tear forced Thomas to miss most of the 2014 season. If he recovers properly, Thomas would pair nicely with Jermaine Jones. Plus, Thomas will only be 30 when the season begins, which means he has plenty of good years ahead of him.
Other defensive midfield options: Nathan Sturgis, Adam Moffat, Jeremy Hall
Sanna Nyassi as an X-factor. As a bona fide Revs killer, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sanna added to the roster. Beyond being the first MLS team to employee both Nyassis, picking Sanna would give the Revolution a speedy option off the bench. While he wouldn’t be a regular starter, opposing defenses would hate to see the Gambian enter a game in the 70th minute.
Other X-factor options: Marvin Chavez, Kalif Alhassan, Chandler Hoffman