Friday, April 13, 2007

Byrne Signed, Lochhead Released

The Revolution released New Zealand international Tony Lochhead and signed third round draft pick Bryan Byrne according to Soccer New England.

Byrne will have to hold a senior roster spot due to his age and nationality (Irish), so roster space had to be cleared. Lochhead seemed to be out of favor since early last season and didn't come into camp in form according to sources. Ironically, Lochhead was highly rated coming out of UCSB, but was selected in the third round by the Revs due to his nationality, age, and intention to try and play in Europe. Byrne resembles the first two characteristics, as well as alma mata, but he's keen to give MLS a go before thinking about playing across the pond.

Byrne is an energenic, speedy midfielder with exceptional passing ability for someone coming out of the college system. Although some feel Wells Thompson would be the long term replacement for Steve Ralston, I thought Byrne could fill that roll when he was first drafted. We'll have to see.