The Revolution are wasting no time utilizing their affiliation with the Rochester Rhinos.
On Wednesday, the Revs announced that they have loaned four players to the Rhinos, the team’s USL PRO affiliate, for the 2013 USL PRO season. They also have the option to recall any of the players at any time during the loan period.
Defender Bilal Duckett, forward Matt Horth, midfielder Gabe Latigue and defender Tyler Polak will join the Rhinos this week ahead of the team’s season opener on April 13 at VSI Tampa Bay FC.
“Bilal, Matt, Gabe and Tyler are young players who should benefit from consistent playing time,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “We have a very deep roster this year, and having these four players get time in Rochester will benefit their professional development, as well as our club’s depth.”
The Revolution and Rhinos announced their affiliation on Jan. 28, which allows the Revs to send players to Rochester to train and play with the USL team for extended periods of time. With the agreement in place, the Revolution will not field a reserve team in 2013, instead sending reserve players to Rochester in an effort to get those players consistent, meaningful playing time.
Duckett, 24, signed with the Revolution on Feb. 11, 2013, after extended trials with the club last fall and this spring.
Horth, 23, signed with the Revolution on Jan. 25, 2013, after trials with the club last fall and in preseason.
Latigue, 22, signed with the Revolution on March 1, 2013, after the Revolution drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft.
Polak, 20, was drafted by the Revolution in the second round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft as a Generation Adidas player.