You might think that the most pressing need for the New England Revolution might be an extra centerback for defensive depth or how to get Juan Agudelo and Charlie Davies on the field at the same time. Does head coach Jay Heaps go with a 4-4-2 with both strikers up top or stick with his preferred 4-2-3-1/4-1-4-1 and deploy Agudelo on the left wing.
Nonsense, the most pressing issue for the Revolution right now in preseason is figuring out what number Swagudelo is going to wear this season.
At first glance on at the preseason roster, I believe the following numbers are not assigned and Agudelo could be allocated their rights on a free transfer: 1, 3, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 26-29, 31, 32, 34+. Newcomers Jeremy Hall (#5) and Sean Okoli (#7) aren't reflected on the roster but were announced earlier via social media (I think).
#1 is interesting if only because it seems like a very "swag" thing to do, be one of the few outfield players in the world to wear the number one. Of course, Agudelo would have to obtain permission from Matt Reis to wear the number has he still holds the rights to the number. #3 could possibly bring back memories of another former Revs striker with an unusually low number, Clint "Deuce" Dempsey who wore #2 in navy blue.
But, more than likely are these scenarios:
NUMBERS 15. 17, 19
If I had to guess, it would be 17 or 19 if only because I happen to like the number 15 and therefore no one else probably does (and it would submarine any chance of me getting a jersey with the name on the back). It would be the simplest thing to do for Agudelo and the least fun to talk about but at least there's the possibility of trading in your old #10 Agudelo jerseys for a new one with his new number. That could happen, right?
This would involve acquiring the rights to #20 from club legend Taylor Twellman, as well as the excellence that the number represents in New England. However, if Agudelo was willing to take on the responsibility, I think he'd be more than able to fill the shoes of the Revs most prolific striker ever. A donation to Twellman's foundation on concussion awareness seems like the logical choice to acquiring the rights to this number provided the Revs don't retire it before the season starts.
This would actually involve a legitimate trade with Teal Bunbury and it's not something entirely uncommon in sports. Former NFL punter for the New York Giants Jeff Feagles actually sold his jersey number twice: #10 to Eli Manning for a paid week-long vacation and #17 to wide receiver Plaxico Burress for an outdoor kitchen. The real question would be what would Teal want in a possible exchange for the number? Expensive dinner, allocation money, the possibilities are endless and I hope for good ideas of fake trades in the comments below.
Obviously, we'll keep you posted when Juan does get a new number, but in the mean time, vote on the poll question and give us your thoughts as to what number Juan should wear in 2015 and beyond.