Preseason camp for the New England Revolution is set to open on Thursday and goalkeeper Joe Nasco and midfielder Tyler Rudy are two of the new faces expected to attend.
Nasco and a third-round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft were sent to the Revolution on Dec. 8, 2014 in a trade that saw the Colorado Rapids receive Geoffrey Castillion, Dimitry Imbongo and a second-round pick in the same draft. Soon after the trade was announced, Nasco, along with the other players involved in the exchange, saw their options declined by their respective teams.
Curiously, the 30-year-old goalkeeper didn’t participate in any of the postseason player drafts. He later hinted via Twitter that he may ultimately end up in New England. Earlier today, his wife, who has already familiarized herself with the Revolution hashtag, confirmed that her husband would be in Foxboro for preseason.
Though the Revolution already have Bobby Shuttleworth and Brad Knighton under contract, the team has previously expressed a desire to have three netminders on the roster for training purposes. Nasco, a former sheriff, made four appearances with the Rapids last year, going 0-2-1. He previously played for NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks.
Rudy will also join the Revolution for preseason after being picked up as a discovery player on Wednesday. Rudy, who graduated from Georgetown University early, was Second Team ALL-BIG East as a senior. In his final season, the Olney, MD native appeared in 23 games, collecting two goals and three assists. His collegiate career ended with seven goals and 12 assists in 88 games.
The Revolution already have one Hoya on the roster as the team drafted Steve Neumann with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
Nasco and Rudy will join 2015 draftee Marc Fenelus as unsigned training participants looking to earn a contract. The team will surely announce more trialists in the future as their roster currently stands at 20, including the on-loan Jerry Bengtson.