FOXBORO -– The New England Revolution and Real Boston Rams from the USL Premier Development League have become the official USL PDL affiliate of the Revolution.
“We are delighted to partner with the New England Revolution,” Real Boston Rams general manager John Barata said. “The Revs are one of MLS’ leading clubs in player development and our affiliation agreement is the perfect complement as both clubs have congruent development goals. We look forward to building a long-term alliance that will provide multiple benefits for both clubs as we grow and develop professional soccer players in our region.”
The affiliation agreement allows college-aged Revolution Academy youth team products the opportunity to play for the Rams during their PDL season.
“We’re pleased to establish a partnership with Real Boston Rams,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “Previously, our college-aged Academy players did not have a local outlet to play games during the summer under our supervision since they could not play with our reserve team. With this agreement with Real Boston Rams, we now have the opportunity to continue our Academy players’ development locally through their college years and help them maintain their Homegrown protected status with our club.”
With the agreement with Real Boston Rams, college-aged Revolution Academy products will now have the opportunity to continue playing under the auspices of the Revolution, allowing them to maintain Homegrown protection while playing competitively in the summer.
“Our relationship with the Rams provides a valuable opportunity for our returning college players to train and play meaningful games locally during the summer,” Revolution director of youth development and Under-16 head coach Bryan Scales said. “Our first-team and Academy coaches, in conjunction with the Rams’ technical staff, will be able to train and monitor the development of our college-aged players as they progress from the Revolution Academy, to college, through the Real Boston Rams, and eventually into MLS with the Revolution.”