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Report: Jack Rodwell, Alexander Buttner on trial with New England Revolution


The New England Revolution are taking a look at two free agents with English Premier League experience, according to The Boston Globe's Frank Dell'Apa. 

English midfielder Jack Rodwell (pictured above) and Dutch fullback Alexander Buttner joined Revs training sessions this week, apparently with an eye towards evaluating them as possible signings for 2020. With the MLS roster freeze currently in effect and the next transfer window not opening until the new year, it's too late for any new acquisitions this season. They're both currently free agents.

Rodwell, 28, was once one of his country's highest-rated prospects, rising through Everton's academy system before logging more than 150 EPL appearances with the Toffees and later Manchester City and Sunderland. He then struggled with injuries and form as the Black Cats suffered back-to-back relegations from the top two tiers of the English pyramid in 2017 and 2018. Rodwell most recently played for Blackburn Rovers in the English Championship last season after reportedly exploring an MLS move in the summer of 2018. 

Buttner, 30, was signed by Manchester United in 2012 as then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson's long-term solution at left back. The former Netherlands youth international couldn't quite settle in with the Red Devils and has since plied his trade with Dynamo Moscow, Anderlecht and Vitesse.

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