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By FRANCO PANIZO
Kevin Alston will be staying in New England, after all.
The Revolution announced on Thursday that they have signed Alston to a new deal that will keep him at the club during the upcoming season. Alston, the 2013 MLS Comeback Player of the Year, was made available by New England in the MLS Re-Entry Draft earlier this month. He went undrafted before opting to re-sign with the team that he has played for during his entire career.
Additionally, the Revolution revealed that they signed defender Darrius Barnes and goalkeeper Luis Soffner to new deals on Thursday.
“We’re pleased that we have been able to bring Kevin, Darrius, and Luis back to the Revolution,” general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “Each player could have chosen a different path but wanted to return, which was important to us. Both Kevin and Darrius have been valuable members of this club for the past five seasons and are reliable, proven veterans. They are both professional in the way they conduct themselves both on and off the field. In the case of Luis, we believe he has the potential to become a solid goalkeeper in MLS and look forward to his continued development.”
Alston missed a sizable portion of the 2013 season after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, but made his return in late July. In total, the 25-year-old right back made six starts in nine league appearances this year.
Barnes, meanwhile, played in six games (four starts) and had one assist. Soffner, who was in his rookie season, did not feature in a match under head coach Jay Heaps in 2013.
What do you think of the Revolution bringing back Alston, Barnes, Soffner? Do you see Alston having a big season in 2014? Wishing your team would have picked him up in the Re-Entry Draft?
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