The New England Revolution are struggling right now in Major League Soccer. They are currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with 7 points. This seems like a strange time to be confident, but Revs fans should be encouraged by the youth movement with the club. There are three rookie players who are starting to make an impact with the Revolution. They are Seth Sinovic, Zack Schilawski, and Zak Boggs. I will give you some background on these 3 young guns below.
Seth Sinovic is a left back who played college soccer at Creighton. He was drafted in the second round of the MLS Super Draft this year. He has already been a starter for the Revs this season. He is a left back that so far has been very solid on defense. What I have also noticed is his ability to push forward and help out in the attack for the Revolution. At 23 years old he is still a very young player. It is very encouraging to see him getting so much experience so early in his career.
Zack Schilawski is a forward that played his college soccer at Wake Forest. He actually was on the national championship team in 2007. He was drafted 9th in this year’s MLS Super Draft. He is a forward for the Revs. So far, Zack has scored 4 goals for the Revolution. He even scored a hat trick against Toronto FC. What was great about this performance is the variety of the goals scored. He was able to score a goal off of an assist from a fellow Revolution player. He was also able to score a goal with a rocket shot that got by the goalkeeper. He has already show the ability to finish and strike to score. To be a great scorer those qualities are probably very important. He has only played in 8 games for the Revs.
Zak Boggs had a different journey to the Revolution. He played college soccer at three different schools. Most recently he played at the University of South Florida. He was also drafted in the second round of the MLS Super Draft this year. He is a forward for the Revolution. In his first start for the Revolution he scored 2 goals against the Columbus Crew. You will notice Zak if you watch the Revolution. He has been very active up front in a short period of time.
In concluding, the Revolution are not winning many matches lately. There could be few factors involved in the lack of wins. Shalrie Joseph has taken a leave of absence from the club. He is a huge force in the midfield for the Revolution. I think the Revs are still adjusting to life without him. The Revs have also introduced many new players to the club. It will take time for the Revs to get their continuity working on all cylinders. The positive for Revs fans is the youth are getting the experience they need now. It is a long season. In my opinion, the future looks bright for the club. I think the “Youth movement could really help the Revs contend by the second half of the season.”
Russ Goldman is a Fulham blogger who posts regularly on his website www.cottagersconfidential.com. His website is a part of sbnation. This is a network of 250 sports blogs. There are several soccer related sites and many more to be added soon.