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Revolution decline options

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / July 1, 2011

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The Revolution opened the way to add foreign reinforcements yesterday by declining the contract options on Marko Perovic and Ilija Stolica. And vice president of player personnel Michael Burns confirmed the team’s commitment to signings when the transfer period begins July 15.

“Our goal and objective is to bring in a player or two, and they will be attacking players,’’ Burns said. “That has been our objective and that hasn’t changed.’’

Perovic, who led the Revolution with six goals last season, was declared out for the season after undergoing knee surgery this month. Stolica was loaned to FC New York of the United Soccer Leagues after the Revolution signed Rajko Lekic in April.

“Marko was a difficult one,’’ Burns said. “He has a contract option to pick up [today] and he asked us not to pick it up, and we granted his wish,’’ Burns said. “There was never a question of us not wanting to retain Marko. He is injured and not eligible to play for the rest of the season, but this was something he brought to us and it was a difficult decision.’’

Perovic could not be reached for comment.

But Dejan Drobnjak, Perovic’s agent, said he was “shocked’’ by the move and hoped the Revolution would reconsider.

“Marko always loved Boston,’’ Drobnjak said. “He has a bad injury and wasn’t able to play, but he is loyal to his teammates and the city and the people. It doesn’t make sense to release him.’’

Perovic, 27, started his career with Red Star Belgrade and played for Swiss champion FC Basel before joining the Revolution last season. He added a dynamic attacking element on the left side and was among the best free-kick specialists in Revolution history. Perovic totaled eight goals in all competitions last year and converted once in four games this year.

Injuries limited the Revolution’s chances of having a strong attacking combination with Benny Feilhaber, Lekic, and Perovic. Perovic scored off a Feilhaber move in their first game together, but Perovic was injured early in the second half of a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City April 23.

Stolica, 32, scored three goals in 14 games after joining the team late last season. He was relegated to the bench as the Revolution went to a one-forward setup, partly because of injuries to key players, this year. Stolica scored a key goal in added time as the Revolution nearly squandered a man advantage in a 1-1 tie at Vancouver in April.

The Revolution (3-8-6, 15 points), who visit Real Salt Lake Monday, have scored 13 goals, fewest in the league.

Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at f_dellapa@globe.com.

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