Home cooking and heavy winter coats will be the order for the New England Revolution this week after wrapping up their 12-day stay at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida last Friday.
The club will resume preseason training at the Dana Farber Fieldhouse in Foxborough, Massachusetts this week before departing on Saturday for Tucson, Arizona for the Desert Diamond Cup tournament, which kicks off on February 19th and runs through March 1st. The Revolution, whose preseason record stands at 1-0-2, will play at least four games against MLS competition.
The tournament has become a rite of preseason for the Revolution since Jay Heaps took over as head coach during the 2011-12 off-season. The club reached the championship match in 2012, falling in penalties to the Galaxy, while landing a spot in the consolation game in 2013.
PEROVIC, MELO EXIT CAMP
Two noticeable absences from the Revolution's preseason roster - which was revised on Monday - were those of Marko Perovic and Evan Melo.
Perovic started in all three preseason contests, and played particularly well during the opener against Swedish league champion Malmo FF. Melo scored in a Feb. 4 clash against the Philadelphia Union, and saw action in all three games.
According to RevolutionSoccer.net writer Jeff Lemiuex, both were scheduled to exit following the conclusion of the Bradenton trip. However, the possibility exists that either - or both - could return in the future. If signed, each would occupy an International roster spot.
With the departures of Perovic and Melo, the Revolution preseason roster currently has 24 signed players, as well as three preseason .
ASSISTANT MILLER DEPARTS
While Perovic and Melo bid the club adieu on Friday, the Revolution also said goodbye to assistant coach Jay Miller.
Miller, an original member of Jay Heaps' coaching staff, originally notified the club of his desire to vacate the assistant coaching post prior to the start of camp, apparently for family reasons. To fill the expected void, the Revolution hired ex-D.C. United coach Tom Soehn as an assistant during the offseason.
Miller spent two seasons with the organization, serving as Heaps' right hand man from 2012-13. He also oversaw the club's reserve team in 2012, and was often seen working with the club's younger players during training.