Every year before the first kick of the MLS regular season, the New England Revolution hold a welcoming event for all the season ticket holders.
This year's started out with the news that homegrown midfielder Scott Caldwell had signed a contract extension. But the Front Office didn't stop there.
We've prognosticated about current trialists Michael Gamble, who's reportedly signed a contract, and a veteran like Je-Vaughn Watson being added to the official roster ahead of the Revs opener at Houston this Sunday. A third keeper, either re-signing Trevor Spangenberg or newcomer Matt Turner is also assumed. That leaves third round pick Femi Hollinger-Janzen as perhaps the one question mark as he's struggled with minor injuries in preseason. We're expecting to see a few of these announcements in the next few days.
The fact that the Revs are leaving open a spot for Kouassi means that they will likely add him to the roster in the summer window, regardless of his recovery status from his ACL injury. This isn't anything new since the Revs have said they remained committed to Kouassi despite his injury but it's nice to see it reinforced anyway.
Also, the fact that Team President Brian Bilello is still on the look for a Designated Player is intriguing for a variety of reasons. The Revs haven't been a team that goes after multiple DPs, at least in the "big-name" sense. So signing two DP-level players, even mid-range ones like Kouassi, in such a short time could be a big boost for the Revs during the summer. With Copa America, US Open Cup and a roster that seems deeper than last year, even a solid addition could go a long way during the push for a playoff spot.
Thanks to everyone who tweeted out info and pictures yesterday of the season ticket holders event. Perhaps my favorite moment of the night:
See? Mark Geiger is still one of the best refs in the league.