Three players join Revs on trial, eligible for Benfica friendly

UPDATE: Earlier this afternoon this blog post stated that two non-rostered players would join the Revs for training this week and be available for the Benfica match … that figure has since been raised to three players.

As the Revolution readies for its sixth game in 19 days, you can bet that head coach Steve Nicol would be happy to have some extra bodies available for Wednesday night’s friendly against Portuguese club Benfica.

As it turns out, Nicol will get that opportunity, as the Revs will have three non-rostered players available for selection to face the Portuguese powerhouse. Serbian defender/midfielder Ivan Gvozdenovic, 2010 MLS SuperDraft selection Jason Griffiths and Haiti National Team player Jean-Baptiste Fritzson will join the Revs for training on Tuesday morning and the trio will be eligible to play for the Revs against Benfica since the match is a “friendly” and not part of an official competition. All three players will remain with the Revolution through the end of the week as they  hope to make an impression on New England’s coaching staff.

Gvozdenovic, 31, was in attendance for Saturday night’s scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes and was spotted in the Revolution locker room after the game chatting with some of the players. He spent much of his time in the locker room talking with fellow Serbian Marko Perovic, whom he played with for a spell at Red Star Belgrade from 2000-02. He most recently played for Greek club Kavala FC, although he’s spent time all across Europe with clubs in Belgium, Romania, Ukraine and France.

Griffiths, 23, was selected by the Revolution in the third round (48th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, but chose to remain in school and finish his degree before joining the Revs for training. A native of Bracknell, England, he started in all but one of his 65 career appearances at the University of Kentucky, recording 12 goals and 10 assists from his defensive midfield position.

Fritzson, 24, is a forward who has spent his entire career with Aigle Noir AC in his home country. He has a fantastic goal-scoring record with the Haiti National Team, scoring seven times in 15 appearances.

All three players are expected to join the Revs for training on Tuesday, so we’ll snap some pictures so you’ll be able to recognize the new faces on Wednesday night.


  1. Nick says:

    What are the chances of these three joining the club on a permenant basis?

  2. Jeff Lemieux says:

    Nick – To be honest, at this point you’ve got just as much insight into that question as I do.

  3. Nan says:

    I keep wondering…..
    What is that black stuff that comes up off the new turf in a cloud when the turf is kicked? Doesn’t look healthy to me!

  4. DavidW. says:

    It’s good to see these trialists on their way because the team obviously needs some reinforcements. I’m not exactly sure how the rules would work for signing them since the transfer window is shut, but we do have an International roster spot open since Castro was waived. I wish all three trialists luck and hope at least one of them brings some production to our club (or at least helps them get a result against Benfica).

  5. Nick says:

    Very true. I’ll rephrase the question, then. I know there is an international roster spot open now that Castro has been waived, but are there anymore open roster spots which could lead to more than one of these trialists being signed?

    It’s Turf dirt. At least that’s what I call it. It’s, I believe, part of the infill of the turf that acts as a cushion. I believe it’s made of rubber. It’s what I don’t like about the new turf; there is way too much of it and you see it fly up even when the ball takes a bounce off the turf.

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  7. Jeff Lemieux says:

    Nick – I’m relatively sure that right now the Revs have 24 players under contract. Of those 24 players, 23 are currently occupying roster spots because Matt Reis is on the Disabled List. That leaves one roster spot currently open.

  8. cammiev says:

    Speaking of Reis, how is he doing…still planning to be back after the World Cup break?
    Burpo has been doing a fantastic job. I noticed the teamwork and communication with his back line has steadily improved; impressive when you consider he hasn’t had a consistent line-up in front of him. But, Reis is well…Reis.

  9. Jeff Lemieux says:

    cammiev – Reis has been joining the goalkeepers for many of their drills in recent training sessions. Today he was diving around and doing quite a bit of lateral movement. He isn’t eligible to come off the disabled list until the June 5 game against Seattle, but it seems like he’s making great progress.

  10. ricky says:

    i wish my son jason griffiths all the best for tomorows game,as a trialist. good luck son x

  11. Dan says:

    Rick, good like to your son too. I seem to recall him being a DM at kentucky. I hope Jason turns out to be better than Phelan or even Niouky at this point. Revs need to improve in the center of the field

  12. Dan says:

    good luck that is

  13. ricky says:

    thanks it will be tough for him and the other trialist, specially against a team like benfica, do hope he does well for the team and himself

  14. Dave says:

    These three trialists are all we can do against one of Europe’s top ten teams. This team needs help, a couple of quality DPs and this is it?
    Very Sad JK

  15. ricky says:

    dont forget dave ,its only a friendly, benfica would beat most of englands prem division,just enjoy game,as the team will need possitive feedback, not neg

  16. New England Revs v The Mighty Benfica | TheNationalGame.com says:

    [...] The Revolution released injury plagued defender Maurice Castro earlier this month and are waiting to fill his spot on the roster. The Revs have called in left footed Serbian defender/midfielder Ivan Gvozdenovic, 2010 MLS SuperDraft selection Jason Griffiths and Haiti National Team forward Jean-Baptiste Fritzson to all tryout for Castro’s vacated slot on the roster. Each player will get a chance tomorrow night to impress manager Steve Nicol against one of the top side’s in Europe (http://blog.revolutionsoccer.net/?p=6834).   [...]

  17. edgar says:

    i love NE revs but i feel so bad about how this team is going down and we let go of a great assistant Castro and now we do not have midfielders so i think after these several years we wont have a right coach and it is embarrassing how this team keeps this guy and do not make a change to get better at least i hope that the rest of the season we can be able to qualify for the playoffs LETS GO REVS!!!!!!!!!!

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