Nicol: Sinovic has done 'good things' during Revs preseason

Rookie defender shows potential to stick around

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New
England rookie left back Seth Sinovic admits he feels nervous from time to time
when he steps on the field with his more experienced teammates. It just doesn't
show in the way he plays.

“It's
been fun,” Sinovic told MLSsoccer.com earlier this month. “I think I've done
pretty well. The speed of play is quicker, but after about a week, I think I
adjusted to it pretty well.”

Revolution
coach Steve Nicol said the 23-year-old Leawood, Kan., native has shown well as
he has settled into the demands of professional soccer. While some players
struggle to make the shift to the next level, Sinovic transitioned fairly
seamlessly into the squad during his first training camp by displaying the type
of intelligence required to man his position, according to Nicol.

“It's
his general understanding of where he's been playing,” Nicol said. “He picks up
a good position. He picks and chooses when to get forward at the right time.
He's been decent on the ball. He's done a lot of good things.”

New
England selected Sinovic in the second round of the SuperDraft after he
impressed observers during a successful four-year career at Creighton. Although
Sinovic possessed a solid resume and showed the type of qualities required to
make the leap to the pros, he had to perform well to earn his place.

“We're
not expecting anything out of anyone,” Nicol said. “You don't know what is
going to happen when guys come in [to camp]. We don't place any expectations
either way and then we see what happens. He's done well.”

Sinovic
did enough in training camp to earn a deal with the Revs for the upcoming
campaign. With a contract now in hand, Sinovic can focus on continuing to make
an impression on Nicol and the Revolution coaching staff and mounting his case
for playing time when the season opens in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

“I
think I need to keep doing what I do well,” Sinovic said. “I need to get
forward -- that's one of the biggest attributes to my game, going forward as an
outside back. That's what makes me stand out in comparison to other backs.”