Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Practice Notes 2/28

There would have been more to this entry had my voice recorder not pulled a Bobby Brown. Technology- God bless it!

Anyway, here are a few observations made by yours truly sitting on a cold metal bench at the Dana Farber Fieldhouse during Revs practice this morning.

*Good Knighton: Brad Knighton appears to have impressed enough coaches to warrant a flight back to Foxboro with the rest of the team. Knighton was seen taking goalkeeping drills with Matt Reis, Doug Warren, and goalkeeper coach Gwyn Williams. Supplemental pick Phil Marfuggi was not tendered a contract with the club, and is no longer with the team.

*Nice to know you, Goodbye: Bermuda trialists Takashi Hirano, Jorge Ramirez, and Takuya Yamada were not at practice, and did not fly back with the team. No word on whether any of them will be back.

*Burn, baby, Byrne: SuperDraftee Bryan Byrne practiced with the squad today. Byrne, sporting the number 26, saw a great deal of action during training, and appeared to have quite a nose for the ball.

*Impressive Rookies: Wells Thompson appears to be having an outstanding camp thus far. The Revs first round pick, who, like Byrne, consistently finds himself near the ball, is only adding to Steve Nicol's reputation as a manager with a discerning eye for unheralded talent. Also doing little to tarnish this is Adam Cristman, fresh off his impressive U-23 tour which saw him score three goals in three matches. Don't be surprised if either of these players finds themselves in starting roles this summer.

*Obligatory Non-Item: The temperature inside the fieldhouse, to be kind, wasn't exactly "temperate." In fact, one player remarked after training, "Let's go outside -where it's warm!"

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