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New England Revolution mini bios

HEAD COACH: Steve Nicol

In four seasons, he has taken the Revolution to two MLS Cup Finals and to within an overtime goal and a penalty kick shootout of making the other two. Took over the reins of the Revolution part-way through the 2002 season, after having joined the club as an assistant (he was also the interim head coach for the final two games in 1999). A Scotland international, including an appearance in the 1986 World Cup, he had a distinguished professional career in the UK highlighted by being at the heart of the Liverpool side that won four league titles, three F.A. Cups and the 1984 European Cup.

1. Matt Reis (30 years old)

In his second season as the No. 1 goalkeeper for the Revolution, he was second in MLS in goals-against average and third in shutouts. He missed just one match on the league campaign - that on Aug. 27 after he was sent off against Colorado 10 days earlier. In the national team pool for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but he still has yet to make his full international debut. A backup for much of his early professional career, which started in 1998 with the Galaxy before moving to New England for the '03 season.

2. Clint Dempsey (22)

The 2004 Rookie of the Year, his career trajectory continued in fine style in his second year. All-action whether coming out of the center of midfield or playing as an out-and-out striker. Scored five goals in the season's first six games, and punctuated them with some memorable celebrations - hitting one out of the park in Washington, D.C.; grabbing a tri-corner hat at home. He scored his first career international goal on May 28 in the USA's 2-1 loss to England.

3. Daniel Hernandez (29)

Returned to MLS after signing from Mexican outfit Necaxa on Aug. 5, and almost immediately won a place in the Revolution midfield. Previously in the league from 1998-2002, when he played for Los Angeles, Tampa Bay, MetroStars and New England, before moving from the Revs to Necaxa. Three of his four MLS career goals came in that partial season with the Revolution.

4. Avery John (30)

A tough-tackling, left-footed defender who had two extended stints as a starter in the back three over the course of the season. A Trinidad & Tobago international. Came to the Revolution early in the 2004 season after two seasons in Ireland with Bohemians and Shelbourne; played for Steve Nicol with the Boston Bulldogs of the then-A-League.

5. Gilberto Flores (22)

Picked up by New England off waivers on July 9, Flores was acquired last season by the MetroStars from Ginasio Pinhalense in his native Brazil. Did not make a first-team appearance for the Revs.

6. Jay Heaps (29)

The one-time Duke University basketball player missed just one game this season (through caution point accumulation), playing every minute of every other match on the right side of the Revolution back three. His pace and leaping ability make him a threat going forward, especially on set pieces.

7. Jose Cancela (29)

The composed playmaker was at the heart of the Revolution midfield for much of the middle third of the season. Scored the Revolution's only goal direct from a free kick Oct. 8 v Kansas City. Acquired midway through the 2003 season from Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica); the Uruguayan also played in Mexico with Cruz Azul and Gavilanes and began his career in his native country with Peñarol.

8. Joe Franchino (29)

The Revolution club captain, a thigh strain forced him to miss nearly two months at the start of the season. But he soon moved into a near-permanent place on the left side of the Revolution back three. A tough-tackling, no-nonsense customer, he hasn't played less than 20 games in a season since coming to New England from the Los Angeles Galaxy early in the 2000 campaign.

11. Pat Noonan (25)

Tied as the Budweiser Scoring Champion in 2004, his season was interrupted by ankle injury and national team duty that kept him out of action for the Revolution for nearly two full months, but he is still first-choice in attack. Has eight goals by June 25 (in his first 13 games). He has 29 career league goals in his three MLS seasons, with another four in the MLS Cup Playoffs, since being drafted out of Indiana University in the 2004 SuperDraft.

12. Doug Warren (24)

Acquired from D.C. United in the offseason, his first appearance with the Revolution came Aug. 17 when Matt Reis was sent off - and the first time he touched the ball was to pick it out of the net after the resulting penalty kick from Reis's red card foul. His lone start was better: a 2-1 victory against his former club 10 days later. Made six appearances over two seasons with United to start his career.

14. Steve Ralston (31)

The ironman of MLS, he is third all-time in games played with 281 (behind Chris Henderson of Columbus, 285, and San Jose's Mark Chung at 284) and is the all-time leader in minutes played. The first-choice wide on the right of midfield, he is still a quality crosser of the ball and in neat combinations on the flank. Now also gaining regular time in the U.S. national team, he scored the second goal in the USA's 2-0 win against Mexico on Sept. 3 that sealed a berth in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

15. Michael Parkhurst (21)

As a youngster, he watched the Revolution's first-ever game from the stands at Foxboro Stadium, and 10 years later he won MLS Rookie of the Year honors while playing every minute of every game in the center of the back three. He was one of five players in the league in 2005 to play every minute of every game, and the first rookie to do so since Nick Garcia (Kansas City Wizards) in 2000. First-round selection (ninth overall) out of Wake Forest University.

16. James Riley (23)

A second-round pick (21st overall) out of Wake Forest, he has gained regular playing time for the Revolution (including 12 starts), mostly wide in the midfield after first playing in the back. He scored one first-team goal on the campaign, but it was the only goal in a Sept. 24 win against the MetroStars.

17. Connally Edozien (28)

The club's leading scorer in reserve play, he parlayed that into a number of appearances over the second half of the season, including his lone start June 22 v Columbus. An experienced pro and Nigeria youth international, he played in France and Germany.

18. Ricardo Phillips (30)

Panama national team regular who was signed on loan from Tauro FC in his native country in September, and made six regular season appearances (all as a substitute). Figured more in a wide midfield role, but can also play as a striker.

19. Tony Lochhead (23)

New Zealand international who was signed by the Revolution in September after he was their third-round pick (33rd overall) in this year's SuperDraft out of California-Santa Barbara. Yet to make his first-team debut with the club.

20. Taylor Twellman (25)

The winner of the Budweiser Golden Boot with 17 goals (all from the run of play), he was named Honda MLS Most Valuable Player in the days leading up to the Cup Final. Possessing a predatory instinct for goals, his 64 goals since entering the league in 2002 are the most of any player, and only two players have scored more in a four-year span (Roy Lassiter with 73 and Raul Diaz Arce, 69, both from 1996-99). In 2005, he had two hat tricks, six goals after the 85th minute and six game-winning goals - including two in second-half stoppage time. He scored his first career international goal in front of his home fans on Oct. 12 in the USA's 2-0 victory against Panama.

21. Shalrie Joseph (27)

Named the Revolution club MVP for 2005 for his work in the nitty-gritty of the Revolution midfield, winning his share of the ball and setting the attack in motion. Missed just one match on the campaign, that to caution point accumulation. Grenada international who grew up in Brooklyn and went to St. John's University, he came to the Revolution at the start of the 2003 season.

22. Marshall Leonard (24)

Product of the University of Virginia, he began the season on the left side of the Revolution back three but moved to the wide left midfield role and made it his own. Has plenty of quickness and his share of grit. A fourth-round pick in the 2002 SuperDraft, he didn't make his MLS debut until the following year.

23. Luke Vercollone (23)

Signed as a developmental player in April from the Cape Cod Crusaders, his MLS debut came April 27 v Chicago. Busy player at home on either flank, he scored two goals in 12 reserve matches.

25. Andy Dorman (23)

A late draft pick sleeper in 2004 out of Boston University (56th overall), he was a regular in midfield throughout the season, both as a starter and a substitute. Missed just two matches during the league campaign, and his absence was keenly felt when he missed the start of the MLS Cup Playoffs. All three first-team goals he scored - two league, one Open Cup - came after the 85th minute, including a dramatic goal in Los Angeles on July 4 that claimed a 1-1 draw against the Galaxy.

27. Marcos Romaneiro (22)

Left-footed midfielder and Brown University product signed as a developmental player, he did not make a first-team appearance on the season.

28. Jamie Holmes (22)

A pure goal-scorer at the collegiate level out of Birmingham Southern, he was a second-round pick in the Supplemental Draft. His lone first-team appearance came June 4 v Kansas City; he had two goals in eight reserve matches.

29. Easton Wilson (22)

Supplemental Draft selection (33rd overall) out of Connecticut who did not make a first-team appearance.

30. Ryan Latham (23)

Winger or wide midfielder who was a second-round selection in the 2005 Supplemental Draft, he made his MLS debut on May 28 against Colorado, and his one start in the first team on July 9 at Chicago.

31. Jeff Larentowicz (22)

Physical central defender out of Brown University whose lone first-team appearance came May 14 at D.C. United. Fourth-round selection in the 2005 Supplemental Draft.

32. Khano Smith (23)

Discovered on the club's preseason trip to Bermuda, he was signed April 15 and began to make regular appearances for club. The lanky Bermuda international has a real turn of pace and can play up top, though he has mainly figured in a wide midfield role. He twice scored the only goal of the game, then scored the dramatic third goal to cap the comeback in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

34. T.J. Tomasso (22)

Signed as a developmental player just before the start of the season (out of Southern Methodist University), he did not make a first-team appearance for the club.


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