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Friday, November 22, 2013
Revs pick up option on 11 players

By ESPNBoston.com

The Revolution announced Friday that the team exercised the 2014 contract options on 11 players from its 2013 roster.

The Revolution picked up the contract options on goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth; defenders Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares and O’Brian Woodbine; midfielders Scott Caldwell, Andy Dorman and Lee Nguyen; and forwards Jerry Bengtson, Dimitry Imbongo and Saer Sene.

In the case of Goncalves, the Revolution exercised the purchase option on his loan from FC Sion and permanently transferred him to New England and also exercised the 2014 option in his MLS contract.

Nine players’ contract options were declined, three players were waived and three other players are out of contract.

The Revs declined the 2014 contract options on forward Chad Barrett, forward Charlie Davies, midfielder Ryan Guy, defender Tyler Polak, goalkeeper Matt Reis, midfielder Clyde Simms, midfielder Donnie Smith, goalkeeper Luis Soffner and midfielder Juan Toja.

Forward Juan Agudelo, defender Kevin Alston and defender Darrius Barnes are out of contract, while defender Bilal Duckett, forward Matt Horth and midfielder Gabe Latigue were waived.

Four players -- midfielder Diego Fagundez, defender Andrew Farrell, midfielder Kelyn Rowe and defender Chris Tierney -- are already under contract for the 2014 season:

“After every season, we have to take a hard look at our roster and make some very difficult decisions, both for personnel and salary budget considerations,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said in a team release. “In our case, we’ll continue discussions with some of the out-of-contract and declined-option players in the hope they will return to the club next year.

“We’ve been steadily adding pieces to our club and after showing some improvement this year, we’ve retained a core group of players for next season. We’ll continue to try to strengthen the team this off-season through more signings and the various drafts,” Burns continued.

The Revolution’s current 2014 roster includes these 15 players:

Goalies (1): Bobby Shuttleworth

Defenders (6): Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, O’Brian Woodbine

Midfielders (5): Scott Caldwell, Andy Dorman, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe

Forwards (3): Jerry Bengtson, Dimitry Imbongo, Saer Sene