Revs re-sign Phelan; Roster comes into focus
The New England Revolution announced yesterday that they have signed 3 year veteran Pat Phelan to a new contract.
Phelan, who joined the team in 2008 through a trade with Toronto FC, led the team in on field appearances with 34 overall (28 in the regular season, and 25 as a starter) despite picking up a substantial head injury. Phelan played most of the season wearing protective head gear.
Phelan served as the backup central midfielder for his first two seasons with the club, but became the Revs preferred midfield partner for Shalrie Joseph following the departure of Jeff Larentowicz. Phelan started coming into his own last season, scoring two goals and an assist, his first official points in MLS.
While it may not be the news that fans were looking for, it does bring the roster a bit into focus. The Revolution recently released central midfielder Jason Griffiths, reportedly to free up an international spot on the roster. With news on the horizon of an international Central Midfielder joining the club, Phelan will more than likely be returning to the role of back-up, joining rookie Stephen McCarthy on the bench.
The Revolution are reportedly waiting for paperwork to clear MLS before announcing three additional international signings; a central midfielder, a central defender, and a third player rumored to be an attacking wide player.