The youth revolution continues in New England.
With an average age of 25.3, the New England Revolution had the youngest starting lineup of any team during opening weekend. By comparison, the Seattle Sounders, who defeated the Revs 3-0 to open the season, had the oldest at 29.8 years old. The league average was 27.4.
By popular demand, the same age breakdown sorted. pic.twitter.com/Y85CDTLQUh— Travis Clark (@travismclark) March 13, 2015
Since becoming head coach in 2011, Jay Heaps has actively recruited young players that he believes can contribute. Kelyn Rowe, Andrew Farrell, and Juan Agudelo were all brought in by Heaps, becoming important centerpieces almost immediately. Although he was signed before Heaps took the helm, it should be recognized that Diego Fagundez scored a team-high 13 goals in 2013.
By allowing youngsters the opportunity to play, New England has become a desired location for many. Defender London Woodbury explained it best when he said,"I like being surrounded by younger players and Jay's obviously a younger coach, so that's positive for me."
The Revolution's average age will eventually rise when Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones return to the field. Regardless, it's clear that the young revolution is still alive and well.