The New England Revolution has parted ways with the duo of midfielder Richie Baker and defender Steve Howey. Both left Major League Soccer and the Revolution by mutual consent, according the club
The decisions were not surprising; both would have counted as Senior Internationals in 2005, and despite the raised allocation up to four such players by MLS the Revolution were unlikely to have either Baker or Howey return next season.
Baker was disappointed at being used as a substitute for most of the second half of 2004, while Howey’s short stay in the U.S. was marred with injuries and therefore was unable to make kind of impact in order for the Revs to keep the veteran on their roster.
“Richie Baker and Steve Howey are good players who helped the Revolution while they were here. The club wishes them both the very best in the future,” said Revolution technical director Joe Cummings in a club-released statement.
“Richie contributed valuable minutes for the Revs this past season and was an exemplary pro off the field. I’m confident that both players will find the kinds of opportunities they seek on the other side of the Atlantic.”
Baker was a strong contributor for the Revolution for a good portion of 2004, but when Steve Nicol decided to use five in the midfield and reverted Steve Ralston from right back into the middle, Baker saw his playing time drop. Baker has already returned to Shelbourne, the club he played with prior to his single season with the Revolution.
Howey’s resume included four caps for England and a long career in the Premiership, but the 33 year-old appeared only three times in between knocks.
Original Article written by Aris Ohanessian