Six months ago the New England Revolution added Carlos Llamosa to its coaching staff to provide scouting assistance. The move has paid dividends, according to club president Brian Bilelllo, as the coaches now have more flexibility to travel outside of New England.
“I don’t look at Carlos as a dedicated, 100% scout but [he] allows us the ability to send a coach when we need to,” Bilello explained during an interview with “Six States, One Podcast.”
Depending on the situation, the Revs can send Jay Heaps, Tommy Soehn, Remi Roy, or Llamosa to scout while still having sufficient personnel to run practice. General manager Michael Burns is also available to travel.
Before anyone goes anywhere, however, the Revs must do their homework, which includes looking at videos and statistics. This isn’t how the club signs their players but it does serve as an important step in the process.
“It does help us narrow the field,” Bilello explained. “Instead of having to look at 100 guys, maybe you’re only looking at 10-20 from a video perspective. The coaches are ultimately deciding who they want.”
The Revs are dedicated to putting more money into the team operation side of the business, which Bilello explained has happened “every single year.” Bilello went on to say that the club could “add another staff member on the scouting side” in the next 12 months, which is necessary because the league continues to grow.
“I think what’s happening with [Targeted Allocation Money]—it’s been increased every year—it puts more of an emphasis on, frankly, some foreign signings,” Bilello said. “The fact that there’s a higher-end of the roster in terms of salaries, it becomes more important to get them right.”
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