The New England Revolution has suspended academy forward Justin Rennicks for the 2017 spring semester, according to Will Parchman of Top Drawer Soccer.
Rennicks, 17, is reportedly being disciplined after training with Frankfurt of the Bundesliga this winter. According to club rules, academy prospects are barred from training with outside clubs without the Revolution’s permission. According to Parchman’s reporting, Rennicks was aware of these guidelines before he began training in Germany.
The suspension means that Rennicks will miss his final semester with the academy. The teenager graduates in the spring and is expected to play fall soccer at Indiana University.
It’s worth noting that Rennicks doesn’t have a European passport, which means he would have to wait until he turns 18 on March 20 before he could sign a professional contract in Europe.
Rennicks has long been considered the most promising academy prospect in the Revolution’s system. He has regularly trained with the first team and has been been named the UnitedHeathcare Academy Player of the Year twice. Rennicks has also been part of the various U.S. youth national teams.
The Revs retain Rennicks’ Homegrown rights.