The New England Revolution have signed midfielder Damian Rivera, making him the seventh Homegrown Player in club history. The 16-year-old will be the youngest player on the current roster.
“Of the many talented players we’ve observed in the Revolution Academy system, Damian was among the first who distinguished himself as a player with the tools needed to succeed at the professional level,” Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “We look forward to seeing him continue to develop and grow with the Revolution.”
Rivera amassed 90 appearances while playing with the Revolution Academy at the U-14, U-16, U-17, and U-19 levels. He’s scored 41 goals to date, including a four-goal performance at D.C. United on Oct. 19.
“I’m really happy for this opportunity. It’s a special moment for me to join the Revolution, the club I grew up watching in Rhode Island,” Rivera said. “The Academy program and coaches have played a huge role in helping me get to where I am now, and now I’m looking forward to preseason, elevating my game, and seeing what I can contribute to the team.”
Rivera has been invited to the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team’s camp in Lakewood Ranch, FL, which will run from Nov. 11-19. This will be his first-ever international camp.
Before joining the Revolution Academy, Rivera was part of Bayside FC of Rhode Island. The Revolution will make a donation of $10,000 to Bayside to recognize the club’s importance to Rivera’s development.