The focal point of any preseason is the arrival of trialists. When a new name emerges, fans quickly form their opinions based on YouTube highlights and Wikipedia excerpts. Next come the streamed games in which the trialists are closely assessed.
And then many of these new faces disappear.
With the 2015 MLS season now in full swing, let's take a look back at some of the players who were present for preseason but never signed with the New England Revolution.
Nasco was acquired in a multi-player trade with the Colorado Rapids in December, but promptly had his option declined by the club. Nasco would receive a preseason invite, but ended up signing with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL before arriving in New England. Regardless, the Sheriff still trained with the Revs. Nasco is now prepping for his team's season opener against the New York Cosmos on Saturday, Apr. 4.
Drafted by Columbus Crew SC, Gomez joined the Revolution after failing to impress head coach Gregg Berhalter. Gomez didn't catch on with the Revs, but he did eventually earn a contract with the San Jose Earthquakes. Here, he will be competing against David Bingham and Bryan Meredith.
Many fans hoped to see if VanCompernolle's name would fit on a Revolution jersey. Alas, it wasn't to be as the UNC Wilmington defender was cut after the Casa Grande excursion. VanCompernolle is now playing for Energy FC of the USL, a team coached by former Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
Tashiro trialed with the Revolution during their first trip to Arizona, showing great grit and defensive work. The forward even helped create a goal against Real Salt Lake. After leaving the Revs, Tashiro spent time with Minnesota United FC before signing with Cerezo Osaka of the Japanese second division.
Fenelus, the Revolution's only pick in the 2015 SuperDraft, spent the whole of preseason on trial but failed to earn a contract. Fenelus showed versatility during his training stint by playing as a forward, midfielder, and defender. Fenelus is currently without a team, but he did recently feature for the Turks and Caicos National Team.