Hot on the heels of Brian Bilello's announcement that a player signing will be announced in the coming days, two separate revelations have surfaced involving out-of-contract New England Revolution players. It looks as though reports of A.J. Soares' transfer to Hellas Verona may have been greatly exaggerated, and Teal Bunbury may have solidified his position as a Revolution player with a new contract.
First, Julian Cardillo reported from a source out of Italy that Soares to Verona was dead, and he was returning to the Revs:
According to the source, Verona had not even made an approach for the player. Cardillo was skeptical of that tidbit, however.
Soares was voted the team's Defender of the Year in 2014 after making 32 starts and contributing two goals and an assist in the regular season. He also started all five playoff matches.
Mere minutes later, Ives Galarcep left a parting morsel for Revolution fans concerning out-of-contract winger Teal Bunbury, whose future had remained uncertain since MLS Cup:
This comes at an interesting time, with Bilello's announcement made just earlier today. Though many will likely jumpt to the conclusion that his Tweet meant a new player signing, Bilello only said that a player signing would be announced, and if Ives' sources are correct, it would make perfect sense for that player to be Bunbury.
Bunbury made 31 league appearances - 28 starts - and scored four goals while contributing six assists in 2014. He turned on the style in the playoffs, starting all five Revolution matches, including the MLS Cup Final, notching two goals and two assists and nearly winning it in regulation for the Revs with an outrageous late-match chip that caught crossbar instead of net.