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.