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Revolution Coach Jay Heaps Says AJ Soares Almost Returned to New England

At yesterday's Season Ticket Holder event, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps mentioned that defender AJ Soares almost returned to New England and GM Mike Burns confirmed the MLS roster size at 28 spots.

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Yesterday's New England Revolution season ticket holder event was apparently a wealth of information for not only Revs fans but also for MLS as well.

We already talked about the health status of Jermaine Jones and Teal Bunbury late last night, but our friends at New England Soccer Today have more info on A.J. Soares and the MLS roster sizes.

For starters, Jay Heaps mentioned that former defender Soares almost rejoined the club two weeks ago. Soares is currently injured which might have affected the move and we don't know how the Revs would've reacquired him from Viking. A mutual termination of the contract seems to be the only viable option with the European transfer window closed but a loan could be possible as well.

Certainly those moves would've helped the Revs defense, which has struggled in their two games of 2015 and now face a home opener without the suspended Jose Goncalves who picked up a red card against New York City FC last Sunday and Kevin Alston who left the same game with a hamstring injury. Though veterans Darrius Barnes and Jeremy Hall provide some depth, Goncalves is the only true centerback on the roster, with Andrew Farrell, Hall, Barnes and youngster London Woodberry providing utility at both center and right back.

General Manager Mike Burns also confirmed a few roster numbers, saying that the under the new CBA the maximum roster would be at 28. Other details of roster composition will be announced when the new CBA is officially signed.

The current Revs roster stands at 25, and Burns also said that the club will send four players to USL affiliate Rochester Rhinos giving the team a maximum of 24 players in New England. The Rhinos opening game is March 28 against Red Bulls II.

Burns also said the team is looking to sign another defender according to the NEST article.