The New England Revolution have announced that they will launch a second team in 2020. The team, aptly named Revoluton II, will play in USL League One.
The lower division team will train at the Revolution Training Center and play its home games at Gillette Stadium. The hope is that Revolution II will solidify the pipeline between the Academy and first team.
“The addition of Revolution II is a critical step that fully defines the pathway for our younger players to professional soccer with the New England Revolution,” said Revolution Technical Director Curt Onalfo. “USL League One is an excellent opportunity for our young talent to compete against quality opponents and we’re excited for how this new team will elevate our player development model.”
Currently, the Revs are sending young talent on loan to get minutes. Zachary Herivaux and Brian Wright are with Birmingham FC, Cody Cropper is with the Hartford Athletic, Isaac Angking is with the Charlotte Independence, and Justin Rennicks is with North Carolina FC. The establishment of a second team will keep players like these in Foxboro while also providing them with playing time in competitive matches. This, of course, will help their development.
“Player development continues to be a top priority as we build for the future success of the club,” said New England Revolution President Brian Bilello. “Given the growth of our academy in recent years, at the end of last season we began discussions with the USL about adding a second professional team. We’re pleased those discussions have resulted in the launch of Revolution II for the 2020 season.”