On Tuesday, the New England Revolution announced their first four signings to their USL League One team, Revolution II.
Fans may recognize the name of one signee. Former Revs academy prospect and Michigan State defender Nick Woodruff. The Attleboro native joined the Revs academy back in 2012 where he stayed until 2017 where he became a Michigan State Spartan. During his time with the Spartans, Woodruff amounted over 2,100 minutes and has an assist and a goal to his name.
Woodruff is not the only local to join the Revs II squad. Forward Mayele Malango, who most recently spent time with U-Mass Lowell’s men’s squad. During his time in high school, Malango was named the Lowell Sun Player of the Year and team MVP two times. As a sophomore, Malango led the conference with 25 goals! Malango originally attended Salem State prior to his move to U-Mass Lowell. During his time at Salem State, Malango led the MASCAC with 17 goals and 43 points which led to him earning the MASCAC Player and Rookie of the Year awards. During his time with U-Mass Lowell, Malango made 18 appearances with 4 starts. Malango notched 1 goal and 2 assists as a River Hawk.
The next signee, Connor Presley, comes from USL Championship club, Loudoun United FC. During the 2019 season, Presley made 28 appearances with 25 starts. Presley was also able to score 2 goals for Loudoun while amounting 3 assists.
Presley will be joined by fellow Loudoun United FC teammate Collin Verfurth. Verfurth, a defender, made 23 appearances with 22 starts during the 2019 season. Although Verfurth did not display much offense, he displayed phenomenal defense as he finished the year with 103 clearences, 20 blocks, and 25 interceptions.
With the news of these four signings, it looks like the Revolution II will be a solid squad which will allow players the opportunity to develop their skills and hone their craft. The Revolution II side will be lead by longtime veteran coach Clint Peay, whom the Revs hired at the end of November.