New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps will get two more opportunities to tweak his lineup this week after the club scheduled a pair of preseason scrimmages against the Philadelphia Union and Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (NASL).
The Revolution will play the Union at 3pm on Tuesday at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex in Deltona, Fla. Before playing the Strikers at 3pm on Thursday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
In last week’s preseason opener, Heaps used 21 different players in a 1-1 draw against Swedish league champion Malmo FF. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and right back O’Brian Woodbine were the only Revolution players who went the full 90.
With two more scrimmages on tap before the club returns to Foxborough on Friday, Heaps will likely continue to spread the minutes during the team’s stay in the Sunshine State.
The Revolution will resume preseason training at Dana Farber Fieldhouse next week before embarking on a two-week trip to Tucson, Ariz. on Feb. 15 for the Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament. The tournament will consist of four matches, and will pit the club against MLS competition.
GOODBYE, PEROTTI; HELLO, SANCHEZ
One of the Revolution’s most intriguing trialists is no longer on the roster sheet, which was updated on Monday.
Perotti, who played in the second half of last week’s preseason opener, found a pair chances to unknot the contest. But even before Perotti stepped onto the pitch, the plan for the 22-year-old midfielder called for a few days of training and some minutes before departing camp.
While the club said goodbye to Perotti, a familiar face will join preseason camp in Bradenton. 2013 supplemental pick Jossimar Sanchez, who trained with the club last summer, will train and play with the Revolution as a trialist this week.
Sanchez, a defender from UConn, suffered a broken right leg during his senior year at Storrs, Conn. in 2012, and spent the early part of 2013 recovering from his injury.
MARKO MAKING THE MOST OF HIS CHANCE
Another trialist looking to make the roster by First Kick is none other than 2010 team MVP Marko Perovic, who accepted an invitation to train and play with his former club for the preseason.
Seeing his first minutes with the Revolution since April 2011, the 30-year-old midfielder was an offensive catalyst playing on the right side of the midfield in last week’s contest against Malmo FF. He didn’t score, but showed himself as one of the most effective pieces in the Revolution attack by taking on defenders and unleashing a low liner from distance that tested keeper Robin Olsen midway through the first half.
With the Revolution set to play at least six more games prior to First Kick, the Serbian international will likely get plenty more opportunities to build his case for one of the six roster spots up for grabs this winter.