FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When the New England Revolution launched their Academy back in 2008, the objective was to create a direct pathway from the youth ranks to the first team. There have been success stories – Diego Fagundez and Scott Caldwell to start, and four more Academy signings to follow – but the pathway lacked a bridge to cover the often sizeable gap between the top rung of the Academy and MLS.
Revolution II, set to begin play in March 2020 in USL League One, is that bridge.
“There’s a big jump for the Academy players to the first team,” said Technical Director Curt Onalfo.