He's been a highly-touted prospect since the Nicol era. Now, 19-year old Zachary Herivaux, Haitian Youth International and homegrown Brookline, Massachusetts resident, has reportedly signed his first professional contract with the New England Revolution.
According to Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe, Herivaux put pen to paper for a contract worth around $60,000, and will start training full-time with the first team on Monday. His contract likely includes education funds, according to the same report.
Herivaux, a student at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, had committed to Providence College earlier this season, but it seems he has elected to bypass the NCAA and jump right into the realm of professional soccer. It's not a surprising move, really, considering Herivaux has been training with the first team in fits and spurts for several years. In February, he played in two preseason matches with the Revolution in Tucson.
A holding midfielder by trade who also plays well in defense, Herivaux was a major contributor to the Haiti U-20 national team during the CONCACAF U-20 Championships back in January, where Les Grenadiers missed out on the U-20 World Cup but competed well against the likes of Honduras and Mexico.
With U.S. Open Cup play looming on the horizon and the possibility of the extended absences of Jermaine Jones, Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo, and Diego Fagundez for international competition, Herivaux may get some chances to show his ability on the big stage fairly soon. In the meantime, he will have plenty of help acclimating to the lifestyle of a young pro, as he will join fellow Homegrowns Fagundez, Agudelo, and Scott Caldwell on the senior team.
Herivaux is the third Homegrown Player signed in Revolution history, and joins a cadre of other New England natives, including Fagundez (Leominster, MA), Davies (Manchester, NH), Chris Tierney (Wellesley, MA), Scott Caldwell (Braintree, MA), and head coach Jay Heaps (born Nashua, NH, attended high school in Longmeadow, MA). Midfielder Andy Dorman was also a standout at Boston University before turning pro.