- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 22, 2008
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- Argenis Fernandez, Brandon Manzonelli, Joe Germanese, Kenny Mansally, Mauricio Castro, Sainey Nyassi
Its always an interesting thing when you get an email from the league about any kind of player signings. I think I’m a little late talking about this as I’ve seen a couple sites like Ives already talk about this already this evening (that’s what happens when you forget to check email regularly or when you waste time on Facebook).
Anyways, turns out New England has signed a couple St. Louis kids to developmental contracts. Nothing too crazy or out of the norm but one of those kid you may have heard of on BigSoccer or other soccer message boards out there, Brandon Manzonelli.
Manzonelli is seen to some of one of those rare talents in America and somehow the Revs signed him to a deal.
For those who aren’t as familiar with his name as those who spend time on message boards, he’s a St. Louis product that went to Spain at the age of 16. He was signed by Villarreal to play in their youth system and during his two years in Spain he netted eight goals and 10 assists in 25 matches. Not bad really.
He became sort of an internet legend over the last couple of years. So its a bit interesting that he is coming back to the US to play in MLS.
Now he is 18-year-old and is ready to team up with fellow St. Louis natives in New England, Steve Raltson and Taylor Twellman. He won’t be a game-changer over night for the Revs but it comes to show that this club is making a big youth movement instead of going out of their way to sign a bunch of high-priced talent that may not work out.
New England also signed midfielder Joe Germanese, another St. Louis product, to a developmental deal. Germanese may be a name you all might recall from January’s Draft Combine. He showed some real potential from the reports that I read on him. Sounds like another hard-worker in Steve Nicol’s system here.
If you’ve read Ives’ report on this he mentions the club is also set to probably bring in Honduran prospect George Welcome. Apparently the resident Honduran Mauricio Castro talked Welcome’s name up a bit and got him a look from Nicol and his coaching staff.
If you ask me, judging by the young talent already on this club (Gambians Sainey Nyassi and Kenny Mansally and Costa Rican Argenis Fernandez) New England is going with the youth movement inside CONCACAF and not in South America. So far I have to say it is working.
They saw with Clint Dempsey a couple years ago just how important it is to get solid youth play on their roster. I just wonder how long it will take before one of them really cashes in for the club and gets them their first MLS Cup.
Right now they kind of remind me of a club like Arsenal, they get all the youth talent in the world but have no trophies to show for it. Maybe these two kids today will help them to overcome that.