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Revolution sign 16-year-old midfielder as homegrown player ahead of 2020 season

Revolution sign 16-year-old midfielder as homegrown player ahead of 2020 season

The New England Revolution added a teenager to their squad on Friday. 

The Revs' signed midfielder Damian Rivera of Cranston, R.I., to a homegrown player contract ahead of the 2020 season.

Rivera has spent more than three years developing in the Revolution Academy, and becomes the seventh Academy product to ink a promotion to the first team. The 16-year-old now is the Revs' youngest player and is the second-youngest homegrown signing in franchise history. 

Revolution coach Bruce Arena detailed the decision to ink the youngster to a deal.

“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,” Arena said, according to revolutionsoccer.net. “We look forward to seeing him continue to develop and grow with the Revolution.” 

Rivera has notched 41 goals through 90 starts across the U-14, U-16, U-17 and U-19 Revolution Academy teams. He's leading the U-19's with eight goals through eight games, including a four-goal game against D.C. United on Oct. 19. 

Rivera is more than happy to join the Revolution, and is excited for the coming season.

“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.”

Check out some of Rivera's highlights:

Rivera joins Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell, Zachary Herivaux, Isaac Angking, Nicolas Firmino and Justin Rennicks as the only Revs' Academy players to advance to the first team. Fagundez was the youngest player to be signed to the first team at just 15 years old. 

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First look: Revolution unveil state-of-the-art training center

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First look: Revolution unveil state-of-the-art training center

The New England Revolution officially have a world-class new home.

The team on Monday unveiled the New England Revolution Training Center, a sprawling complex spanning 68 acres just down the street from Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Notable features of the $35 million facility include:

-- Three full-size, natural-grass fields (including one equipped with heating technology) totaling 337,500 square feet

-- First Team locker room exceeding 1,200 square feet

-- State-of-the-art gym featuring weight training equipment powered by a hydraulic air system

-- Hydrotherapy room with three pools, totaling 5,000 gallons in volume, slated for heat therapy, cold recovery, and accelerated rehabilitation with an underwater treadmill

-- 25-foot wide conditioning hill climbing 140 feet at a steep 10% grade on the perimeter of the First Team training fields

-- Spacious team dining and lounge space that features a 36-foot-long communal reclaimed wooden table

-- On-site barbershop

Here's a look inside the facility with photos of the locker room, weight room and more:

The new facility, located at 1776 Revolution Way, also has sustainable roots with a close connection to the surrounding environment.

The complex was constructed with locally sourced wood, glass and metal materials designed to integrate the facility into the wetlands behind Gillette Stadium, and the Revolution replanted 350 native trees, 550 shrubs and over 1,000 grasses and plants to minimize disruption to the natural ecosystem. 

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

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New England Revolution sign midfielder Kelyn Rowe

Welcome back to New England, Kelyn Rowe.

The Revolution signed Rowe on Wednesday, the team announced. The midfielder spent 2012-18 with the Revs before playing for Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake in 2019.

Rowe played in 206 games with the Revolution and recorded 29 goals, and 40 assists in 14,604 minutes played. The 28-year-old is among New England's all-time leaders in games played (7th), minutes played (10th), goals (10th), and assists (4th). 

The Revs initially selected Rowe with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. They traded Rowe to Sporting Kansas City for defender Edgar Castillo in Dec. 2018.

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