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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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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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Ex-Revolution forward Juan Agudelo selected by Toronto FC in MLS re-entry draft

Ex-Revolution forward Juan Agudelo selected by Toronto FC in MLS re-entry draft

Former New England Revolution forward Juan Agudelo was selected by Toronto FC in stage two of the MLS re-entry draft Tuesday afternoon.

The 27-year-old's option for the 2020 season had been declined by the Revolution last month, making him eligible to be picked up by another club. Toronto now owns Agudelo's rights, and it's to be determined if he'll actually play for the team next season. If he does, he'll join the very talented Jozy Altidore and could combine for a nice one-two punch up front for Toronto. 

The striker has 46 goals and 22 assists in 215 MLS regular-season appearances. He tallied three goals on 37 shots last season with the Revolution. He scored a career-high eight goals with New England in 2017.

He's being lauded for his hard work, determination, and sense of humor by New England fans across social media.

Agudelo was signed by the New York Red Bulls in 2010 to a homegrown player contract and remained with the club until 2012 before moving on to Chivas USA. He had been with the Revs since 2013. 

On top of his MLS career, he's made 28 appearances for the US National Team. 

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