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Revolution re-sign Alston, Barnes and Soffner

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The New England Revolution re-signed defender Kevin Alston, defender Darrius Barnes and goalkeeper Luis Soffner, the team announced the day after Christmas.

“Both Kevin and Darrius have been valuable members of this Club for the past five seasons and are reliable, proven veterans," said General Manager Michael Burns.

"In the case of Luis, we believe he has the potential to become a solid goalkeeper in MLS and look forward to his continued development.”

Kevin Alston

Alston, 25, will begin his sixth professional season since the Revolution drafted the right back in the first round (10th overall) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Alston ranks 10th on the club’s career appearances (121) and minutes played (10,265) charts and ninth on the career starts chart (118). He has four career assists in league play. Up through March 2013, he started every game in which he was available for, but following his diagnosis with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in early April, he took a leave of absence to undergo treatment. He returned to the field on July 27 and finished the season with six starts in nine appearances and was honored as the 2013 MLS Comeback Player of the Year.

Darrius Barnes

Barnes, 27, will also begin his sixth season since the Revolution drafted him out of Duke in the third round (40th overall) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Barnes has made 87 starts in 98 career appearances while playing every position across the back line. Barnes has also added one goal and one assist. Barnes started all 30 games and played all 2,700 minutes in his rookie season, becoming just the second rookie in MLS history to play every minute of every game. Barnes has also started all four MLS Cup Playoff matches the team has played during his Revs tenure.

Luis Soffner

Soffner, 23, enters his second professional season after the Revolution selected him in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Soffner did not make a first-team appearance in 2012, but did appear in one preseason game. Soffner was a four-year starter at Indiana and earned NCAA College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors. He started 83 of 84 career matches at Indiana, and as a senior, posted an 0.72 goals against average with 12 shutouts.

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