Revolution Update: February 18, 2010

The New England Revolution is issuing a mid-week update to Monday’s weekly release.

PRESEASON TRIP TO ORLANDO & FC DALLAS MATCH ADDED

The Revolution has added a second preseason training trip to its schedule, and will now travel to Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 20, for a six-day trip the team will train at the University of Central Florida on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, bookending a match against FC Dallas at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Field 1) the squad will return to Boston on Thursday night, Feb. 25.

DUBE, MANSALLY RECEIVE U.S. GREEN CARDS

Revolution veterans Kheli Dube (Zimbabwe) and Kenny Mansally (Gambia) have been granted U.S. Green Cards and are now counted as domestic players on the Revolution’s 24-man roster previously, both players had counted toward the team’s international player total with Dube and Mansally’s statuses switched to domestic players, the Revolution now has three of its eight international roster slots available.

UPDATED TEAM SCHEDULE

The team’s schedule through the end of February follows:

Friday, Feb. 19 – Training at Dana-Farber Field House (Gillette Stadium), 10 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20 – Travel day: depart for Orlando, Fla.

Sunday, Feb. 21 – Training (University of Central Florida), 3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 22 – Training (University of Central Florida), 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 23 – vs. FC Dallas (Field 1, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Fla.), 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Training (University of Central Florida), 10 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25 – Training (University of Central Florida), 10 a.m. Travel day: return to Boston

Friday, Feb. 26 – OFF

Saturday, Feb. 27 – OFF

Sunday, Feb. 28 – OFF

REVS TO PLAY THREE PRESEASON GAMES IN NORTH CAROLINA

In addition to the just-announced trip to Orlando next week, the Revolution will travel to North Carolina for a 10-day preseason training trip during which the club will play three matches against the Charlotte Eagles (USL-2), Carolina RailHawks (NASL) and a yet-to-be-determined opponent the team will be based in Cary, N.C., during the trip, which begins on March 10 for the second year in a row, the Revs will train at the RailHawks’ WakeMed Soccer Park for the duration of the trip the schedule of games in North Carolina is as follows:

Schedule for North Carolina Trip* (as of Feb. 18, 2009)

Saturday, March 13 – at Charlotte Eagles (Transamerica Field, Charlotte, N.C.), 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 17 – at TBA (opponent, location and time are yet to be determined)

Saturday, March 20 – at Carolina RailHawks (WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.) 7 p.m.
*subject to change; visit revolutionsoccer.net for the latest preseason information

INJURY FORCES ALSTON TO WITHDRAW FROM U.S. CAMP

Kevin Alston was forced to withdraw from the current U.S. National Team camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., because of a left hamstring injury the 21-year-old defender was set to report to U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center on Feb. 10, but he tweaked his hamstring while training with the Revs on Feb. 9 instead, Alston will remain in Foxborough and rehab the injury with the Revs’ athletic training staff this is the second time Alston has missed out on the opportunity to train with the senior national team, as he suffered a similar hamstring injury during the first training camp of 2010 from Jan. 4 – 23 the U.S. will play El Salvador on Feb. 24 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., at the conclusion of the current camp.

INVITATION-ONLY TRYOUT HAS YIELDED TALENT IN THE PAST

The Revolution’s invitation-only tryout is set to take at 2 p.m. at the Dana-Farber Field House on the grounds of Gillette Stadium, and it’s not unheard of for the Revs to discover talented players at the annual event current Revolution defender Chris Tierney impressed the club’s coaching staff at the 2008 tryout, prompting the Revs to select him in the MLS Supplemental Draft the following day meanwhile, former Revolution goalkeepers Brad Knighton and Zack Simmons also took part in the invitation-only tryout prior to being signed by the club.

REVS YOUTH TEAMS TO BEGIN 2010 SEASON THIS WEEKEND

The Revolution’s Under-16 and Under-18 teams will kick off the 2010 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season with a pair of road games against conference opponents this weekend the schedule opens with matches against South Central Premier on Saturday, Feb. 20, with the U16s set to kick off at 11 a.m. and the U18s to follow at 1 p.m. at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn. both teams will then visit the Oakwood Soccer Club at Oakwood Soccer Park in Glastonbury, Conn., on Sunday, Feb. 21 the U16s will kick off against Oakwood at 2 p.m., while the U18s will follow at 4 p.m.

REV GIRLS TRYOUTS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, FEB. 20

The Revolution will hold its annual tryouts for the Rev Girls, the team’s promotional group, on Saturday, Feb. 20 registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the East Fidelity Investments Clubhouse at Gillette Stadium, and the tryouts will last approximately three hours until 1 p.m. women interested in interviewing must be at least 18 years of age by March 1, 2010 the Rev Girls, entering their second year, run promotions at games and nighttime events and make public appearances on behalf of the team for more information about the Rev Girls or the tryout process, contact Jennifer Harvey at jenniferh@revolutionsoccer.net.