Revs re-sign four; Brown departs
The New England Revolution announced Friday that the team
has come to terms with defenders Joe Franchino and Marshall Leonard,
midfielder Steve Ralston and goalkeeper Matt Reis on their contracts with
Major League Soccer. Franchino, Ralston and Reis had reached the end of
their contracts and were free agents before signing new deals; Leonard
extended his current deal with the Revolution and MLS.
The Revolution also announced that goalkeeper Adin Brown has left the
Revolution and has signed a contract with Norwegian Premier League club
Aalesund FK. Per team and league policies, the terms of Brown's transfer are
not disclosed, as is the case with the player contracts.
"The Revolution are pleased to be able to retain the services of Joe, Steve
and Matt after they had become free agents," said Revolution technical
director Joe Cummings. "Steve and Joe have both provided invaluable service
wearing the Revolution captain's armband and are exceptional players. Matt
proved once and for all last year that he is an elite-level goalkeeper in
this league. Marshall's progression from a Developmental player to a top
left back in MLS is also a great story."
Ralston, the all-time minutes played and games played leader in MLS, took
over the captain's armband from Franchino after the latter missed the final
portion of the season due to injury. Ralston performed at the right-sided
and left-sided midfield positions, right fullback and central midfield for
the Revs in 2004, scoring seven goals to go with eight assists. The U.S.
international scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over the Chicago
Fire on the last day of the regular season to clinch a playoff berth for New
Reis had a breakout season in 2004 in his seventh year in MLS. The
goalkeeper from Mission Viejo, Calif., appeared in a career-high 24 games,
posting a 1.36 goals against average and a 7-10-7 regular season record with
3 shutouts. Reis started all three of the Revs' post-season matches, going
1-1-1 and averaging 1.33 goals against. Reis saved two penalty kicks in Game
Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between New England and the
Columbus Crew and he also saved two penalties - and converted one from the
spot himself - in the penalty shootout in the Eastern Conference
Championship game at D.C. United.
Franchino has played in 91 regular season games (3G, 9A) for the Revolution
since being selected by New England from the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS
Special Draft of 2000. Franchino has also made 10 post-season appearances
(1A) for the Revs. He served as club captain for the 2003 and 2004 seasons
and has performed as a left-sided and central midfielder in addition to his
regular duties as a left back. He missed the end of the 2004 season with a
partially avulsed gluteus medius in his right hip. He had surgery on his hip
and his left knee (arthroscopic chondroplasty) at Massachusetts General
Hospital in October and is progressing towards a full recovery for the start
of the season.
The 2005 season will be Leonard's fourth with the Revolution. After joining the
team as a Developmental player in 2002 and seeing no game action, Leonard
played in 10 games in 2003, starting five. In 2004, he emerged as a reliable
presence on the left side of the New England back line, appearing in 25
regular season games and starting 22. Leonard started all six off the Revs'
playoff matches in 2003 and 2004 and was recently named the third best
left-sided defender in MLS by Soccer America magazine.
Brown leaves the Revolution having posted a 21-15-11 record (1.45 GAA) in 48
matches over parts of three seasons with the team. He was 4-3-3 (0.66 GAA)
in the playoffs for New England. He backstopped the Revs to MLS Cup 2002 at
Gillette Stadium with his standout play in goal down the stretch of the
regular season and through the playoffs. Brown appeared in just seven
matches for the Revolution in 2004 because of a groin injury and symptoms
related to post-concussion syndrome.
"Adin is a great pro who has given terrific service to the Revolution," said
Cummings. "Everyone at the club has full confidence that he will find more
success as he pursues his goal of playing professional soccer in Europe."
"Obviously I'm sad to leave the Revolution, but it's time to look at other
opportunities and see if I can make it over in Europe and follow my dream,"
said Brown. "It's been a great time in New England. I went over and thanked
the Krafts and I had a good conversation with (head coach) Steve Nicol and
(president) Sunil Gulati. I have nothing but good memories from being here."