FOXBOROUGH, MA, July 30 - The New England Revolution announced today two roster moves, picking up former University of Rhode Island standout Winston Griffiths off waivers and signing midfielder Marshall Leonard. In addition, the team traded a 2003 SuperDraft pick to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for an undisclosed amount of salary budget relief that allows the Revolution to pick Griffiths.
Griffiths, who was acquired by the L.A. Galaxy from the MetroStars in exchange for a conditional SuperDraft pick on April 20th, appeared in six games with the Galaxy, netting one goal for the Western Conference team.
The 23-year-old midfielder made his MLS debut with the MetroStars on March 23rd in a 3-1 win over the Revolution. He played in three games for the Eastern Conference franchise. At the international stage, Griffiths has accumulated 26 caps as a member of the Jamaican National Team, and has scored four goals for the "Reggae Boyz." He played collegiately at the University of Rhode Island from 1998-99, leading the team to the Atlantic-10 Conference regular season and tournament championships in 1999. He finished his career at URI with 42 points.
Leonard, who was originally drafted by the Revs in the fourth round of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, trained with Italian powerhouse Juventus F.C. for four months. The 21-year-old developmental player started in 89 games for the University of Virginia from 1998-2001.
New for 2002, Major League Soccer has implemented a process whereby teams have the ability to acquire salary budget space in certain situations. When an MLS team has the right to make a signing to replace a player who is suffering a season-ending injury, the team may trade to receive salary cap room if it does not have cap room available. This process is available to all teams. In this case, the Revolution made the trade with San Jose in order to sign Griffiths, who is replacing injured forward Diego Serna.
#25 Winston Griffiths -Midfielder
Height: 5-10 Weight: 160
Born: September 12, 1978 - St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Hometown: Clarendon, Jamaica
College: University of Rhode Island
Last Club: Galaxy (MLS)
#22 Marshall Leonard -Midfielder
Height: 5-7 Weight: 170
Born: December, 29, 1980 - El Paso, TX
College: University of Virginia