Three MLS teams bolstered their rosters ahead of this weekend's season kickoff.The New England Revolution added three players to their roster Tuesday: forward Blake Brettschneider, midfielder Alec Purdie and midfielder Michael Roach.
Brettschneider joined the team on trial this preseason after being waived by D.C. United in early February. A 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft pick, Brettschneider made 15 appearances, including nine starts for DCU last season, scoring one goal and adding two assists.
The Revolution drafted Purdie and Roach in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. Purdie played four seasons at Indiana University, while Roach played three seasons at Saint Louis University.
Red Bulls add four
The New York Red Bulls announced the club has signed four new players to its roster: defender Tyler Ruthven, midfielder Brandon Barklage and forwards Jose Angulo and Jhonny Arteaga.
Barklage, 25, spent the past three seasons with D.C. United after the club selected him in the third round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. He has played in 11 total league games in his career.
The other three signings spent last season in the lower divisions: Ruthven, 23, spent the 2011 season with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the NASL. Arteaga, 25, most recently played for USL Pro side FC New York. Angulo, 24, played last season with the Harrisburg City Islanders of USL Pro.
Whitecaps sign Franks
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the acquisition of midfielder Floyd Franks, pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.
Franks, 27, played the last two seasons under current Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie at North American Soccer League club Carolina RailHawks.
Originally drafted 10th overall in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chicago Fire, Franks spent two seasons in Chicago.
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