The New England Revolution held their first training session of 2016 on Saturday and six trialists were in attendance: goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg, defenders Jordan McCrary and Josh Phillips, midfielder Tyler Rudy, and forwards Michael Gamble and Femi Hollinger-Janzen.
Three of the trialists are familiar faces that have previously trained with the Revs. Spangenberg and Rudy were on the roster in 2015, but didn't have their options exercised. Neither player has made a regular season appearance for the Revs, but both did see time while on loan. Spangenberg backstopped the Richmond Kickers (USL) on two occasions while Rudy featured for the Rochester Rhinos (USL) until he was sidelined with a torn superior retinaculum injury.
Phillips is also known to the Revolution as he first trialed with the team in the fall. Phillips played collegiate soccer at Gonzaga University before suiting up for FC Tucson (PDL) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC (USL). Although most comfortable as a center back, Phillips is capable of playing anywhere along the back line.
The other trialists are unsigned draftees. McCrary (UNC) was selected 10th overall and is projected to challenge for the right back position. Gamble (Wake Forest) was taken 30th overall and can play as a midfielder or forward. Hollinger-Janzen (Indiana) was a third round pick (51st overall) and is an out-and-out striker.
Head coach Jay Heaps did confirm that more trialists will join the team during its trips to Arizona.