The decision raises questions as New England re-acquired goalkeeper Brad Knighton in the off-season to compete with Bobby Shuttleworth for the starting position. Although Shuttleworth seemed to win that battle, the long-time Matt Reis (retired) back-up recorded two losses in the first two games, 4-0 and 1-0.
Moreover, New England's midfield and top third are in dire need of new veteran leadership and talent to compete in the new more competitive MLS and that should be the primary focus of the Revolution front office right now.
Pickens, 31, has played 11 professional seasons, including 10 in MLS. Pickens spent the last five years in Colorado, where he started all 116 matches he appeared in since 2009.
After beginning his career with the Fire in 2004, Pickens assumed the starting goalkeeper role in 2007 and recorded 154 starts in 156 appearances overall for Chicago. He has a career goals against average of 1.25 and has posted 40 shutouts in a 57-56-42 combined record.
Pickens moved to England’s Queens Park Rangers in 2008 and played the second half of the 2007-08 season there, but did not return. In January 2009, Chicago traded his MLS rights to Colorado, where Pickens has been since. Colorado waived Pickens yesterday, making him available in yesterday’s Waiver Draft.