MLS: Revs re-sign Kobayashi, send three to Portugal

New England announced Wednesday it has renewed the options on 14 players, signed midfielder Daigo Kobayashi to a new contract, and arranged for three players to train with Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Options were declined on six players, including defenders Kevin Alston and Jeremy Hall. Midfielders Andy Dorman and Jermaine Jones are out of contract. Already under contract for the 2016 season are keeper Bobby Shuttleworth, midfielder Zachary Herivaux and forward Juan Agudelo.

New England can re-sign players whose options have been declined until Dec. 10. The first stage of the Re-Entry Draft is Dec. 11. MLS will release a list of players eligible for free agency and the Re-Entry Draft Dec. 7, one day after the MLS Cup final.

Kobayashi, 32, started his MLS career with Vancouver in 2013 and after playing 30 games for the Whitecaps they traded him to the Revolution. In 55 matches for the Revs, he’s registered six assists without scoring a goal.

Herivaux, a Haitian youth international signed out of the Revs' academy program, is one of three Revs headed to Portugal for a three-week training stint with Sporting, which last year agreed to a strategic collaboration with New England. Defender Donnie Smith and forward Sean Okoli will also train with the Lisbon club, beginning on Sunday.

During their stay, head coach Jay Heaps and general manager Mike Burns are scheduled to visit and share information on player development, scouting and other matters.
New England Roster Moves:
Already under contract: GK Bobby Shuttleworth, MF -- Zachary Herivaux, F Juan Agudelo.
Options renewed: GK -- Brad Knighton; D -- Darrius Barnes, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Donnie Smith, Chris Tierney, London Woodberry; MF -- Teal Bunbury, Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe; F -- Charlie Davies, Sean Okoli.
Options declined: GK -- Trever Spangenberg; D -- Kevin Alston, Jeremy Hall; MF -- Timi Mulgrew, Steve Neumann, Tyler Rudy.
Out of contract: MF -- Andy Dorman, Jermaine Jones.
1 comment about "MLS: Revs re-sign Kobayashi, send three to Portugal".
  1. beautiful game, November 27, 2015 at 11:18 a.m.

    Kobayashi resigned? Watched him play on numerous occasions coming off the bench; he brings little if anything to the table. Age has caught up with him; Revs made a poor decision.

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