With news breaking Friday that Fernando Cardenas, Benny Feilhaber, Blair Gavin and Tim Murray will have their 2013 contract options declined, the New England Revolution have now displayed genuine confidence in their young starters and new signings. The loss of Tim Murray and Blair Gavin may not upset too many fans, but failing to re-sign a former U.S. National Team player will certainly turn some heads.
Benny’s Time Is Up
It is time for Revolution fans to accept GM Michael Burns’ decision, and move on from the under performing midfielder. Sure Benny has a successful past, but 1 goal and 2 assists for $400,000 a year is not going to cut it. His ability to setup goal opportunities and find teammates did not feel up to par compared to past seasons, and his potential replacements have already been signed. Both new signings in Kalifa Cisse and Andy Dorman can play midfield effectively, while top 2012 performers Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe have already proven their aggressive approach to earn a starting role in New England.
The Dorman Is Back
After drafting Andy Dorman in 2004 out of Boston University, he helped the Revs reach the 2005 and 2006 MLS Cup with teammate, and now head coach, Jay Heaps. Dorman would complete his 4 year stint with New England with 17 goals in 112 appearances before taking his talents to Scotland and England. Andy may be approaching 31 years of age this coming season, but his experience and comfort on the field may result in positive outcomes.
Future Looking Bright
If the Revolution are to compete on a more consistent basis in the 2013 season, the current roster could give them a solid shot of doing so. With defensive signings or changes awaiting, the squad looks strong upfront if healthy. Leading goal-scorer Saer Sene still has more to prove at Gillette as he fights a leg injury that could rule him out for the first few weeks of the season. With a little work on scoring with both feet, Sene can easily surpass his 11 goals in 2012 and contend as a top five scorer in the MLS. Things never seemed to click offensively with fellow forward Jerry Bengtson, but it will be exciting to see new chemistry with Dorman and Cisse. Nguyen, Fagundez, and Toja will also help setup goal opportunities in Heaps’ possession style of play.