The New England Revolution Academy released the roster for the 2021-2022 MLS NEXT season on Friday. The 2021-22 roster features 94 players from all six New England states and beyond. The Revs Academy will foster four youth teams in the U-14, U-15, U-17, and U-19 age groups.
The 2021-2022 season will be the third consecutive year the Academy will offer its residency program. The program recently secured a second housing facility located near the Revolution’s state-of-the-art Training Facility. Members of the residency complete their high school education online while training daily at the Revs Training Facility.
Revolution legend and seven-time MLS All-Star Shalrie Joseph will return to the Academy as he becomes the head coach for the U-17 team. Shalrie led the 2020-21 U-15 squad to the U-15 semifinals during last season’s MLS NEXT Cup. Rob Becerra, the Revs Director of Youth Development, will assume the role of the U-15 coach as Jasir Charris and T.J. Love return to the Academy’s coaching staff.
The Academy also added B.J. Nobel, who spent eleven years as the Director of Soccer for Notre Dame de Namur in California, and Liam Conners, who most recently served as an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, to the Academy coaching staff. Conners will serve as the head coach for the U-19 and U-14 teams.
The Revs academy will look to replicate the successes they encountered during the 2020-2021 season, which saw all three eligible teams advance to the MLS NEXT Cup for their respective age group.
Some notable names joining the ranks of the Revs Academy Teams include names from Revolution II, such as Hikaru Fujiwara (2003 – Lexington, MA), Noel Buck (2005 – Arlington, MA), and Colby Quinones (2003 – Bedford, NH).
The Revs Academy begins their 2021-22 MLS NEXT season on September 4th as all youth teams will travel to Connecticut to take on Oakwood SC. They will then travel back to Foxboro as they take on FC Westchester on September 5th.
To view the entire New England Revolution Academy roster for the 2021-22 season, visit the Academy’s website.