Frank Dell'Apa broke the story yesterday, but the New England Revolution confirmed per team release on Saturday morning that they signed longtime Academy standout Zachary Herivaux to a Homegrown Player contract. Per league and team policies, the terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Dell'Apa reported that his salary is around the $60,000 mark (the new minimum for players on roster spots 1-24) and also features education funds.
"I couldn't be happier to be signing with the Revolution," Herivaux said. "The Academy helped me grow as a player both on and off the field, and I'm ready to take this next step in my career. I'm excited represent my hometown club, and to have the opportunity to play in front of my family and friends. I can't wait to start training with the first team."
Herivaux, a holding/box-to-box midfielder and defender by trade, was named the Revs' inaugural United Healthcare Youth Player of the Year in 2014. He has featured with the first team in Tucson, Arizona during the last two preseasons and joined the academy in 2011.
Since then, he went on to make 92 appearances for the U-16s and U-18s, scoring 12 goals and notching 14 assists. He's been a key player this season for the U-18s, making 16 starts and adding four goals and two assists. This winter, he competed for the Haiti U-20 national team in the CONCACAF U-20 Championships, appearing in all five matches.
"Zach has worked extremely hard for this opportunity since joining the Academy in 2011," Revolution director of youth development Bryan Scales said. "We have seen him develop both on and off the field into a player that embodies the spirit, mentality and personality of the New England Revolution. Zach and his family should be very proud as he begins this exciting new chapter of his career."
Born in Japan, Herivaux grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and though he has turned out for Haiti at the U-20 level, he also suited up for the United States U-15 national team and remains eligible for the U.S. Thanks to his birthplace, he could also accept a call-up from Japan.
The young midfielder will join full training with the first team on Monday, and could see action fairly soon with Open Cup on the horizon and the prospect of international absences for several key Revolution players.
"We are very excited to be officially adding Zach to our roster and having him begin his professional career with the New England Revolution," Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. "Our Academy continues to grow and improve and Zach is a clear indication of that. Our past Academy graduates have had an outstanding impact on our club and we feel that in time, Zach will be able to leave a similar mark."