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Report: Revs Swapping Shuttleworth for Femi?

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Could Femi Hollinger-Janzen and his Batman cleats be returning to New England?

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When Minnesota United selected Femi Hollinger-Janzen with the last pick of their expansion draft, the collective New England Revolution fanbase was gutted.

As a rookie, Femi made 19 substitute appearances, mostly late cameos, but was a much needed spark off the bench and netted two goals with an assist in less than 300 total minutes in MLS action.

Now it appears the Revs are working to get their former striker back from Minnesota via trade according to Ives Galarcep:

The trade would send veteran goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to Minnesota for Hollinger-Janzen, in what could be a straight swap though it’s possible that some allocation money could be exchanged as well.

Obviously Femi would rejoin an attacking corps led by Juan Agudelo and Kei Kamara with Teal Bunbury and rookie Brian Wright. With the Revs switching to a two-striker system in front of a diamond midfield there is a need to have more pure strikers on the roster, however the versatility of someone like Femi and even Teal to play wide on the wing is an added benefit. Trialist Tristan Bowen has been in camp with the Revolution as well and his role and spot on the depth chart is far murkier now.

For Shuttleworth, this probably means he’ll be the backup to Swedish international John Alvbage, a member of Sweden’s 2006 World Cup roster. Former Chicago Fire backup Patrick McLain was also acquired from Orlando City via trade (McLain was selected by OCSC in the Re-Entry Draft) and rookie 2nd round draft pick Alex Ferrell from Wake Forest.

We’ll keep everyone updated as this story unfolds, in the meantime, add your reactions and/or thoughts in the comments below.