The New England Revolution U18 squad finished behind powerhouse programs New York Red Bulls and Albertson SC, yet still made it to Texas for the USSDA playoffs before bowing out to De Anza Force and eventual league runners-up Shattuck-St. Marys. One has to wonder just how far the Revolution could have gone with “golden boy” Diego Fagundez, who hadn’t played with the U18s all year.
The 2012-2013 Revs lose nearly everyone from last season. Dominick Machado, Ramiro Osario and Peguy Ngatcha, who combined for 38 goals, are gone. So are core members Willis Griffith and Forest Sisk. If there is one positive, it is that the Revolution have plenty of open spots for the talented U16s to fill. Atop that list are midfield generals Zachary Herivaux (’96) and Guyllain Kabala (’96) who have both spent time with usynt over the past few seasons. The Herivaux-Kabala combo might be the most formidable on the East Coast.
While Herivaux and Kabala form the heart of the squad it will be 2014 Georgetown commit Declan McCabe (’96), 2014 Syracuse commit Daniel Apajee (’96) and Cameroonian-American Mawolo Gissie (’96) who will receive goal-scoring plaudits. Apajee and Gissie have seen time with the Revolution reserves. Newcomer Emmanuel Kollie (’96) will also provide some punch up top.
The Revolution defense will be strengthened by the Herivaux-Kabala steel, as well as goalkeeper Austin Aviza (’97) and Syracuse commit Christian Sady (’95), who have both been called in to their respective US youth teams. Sady will likely be partnered by ex-Seacoast United defender Christopher Arling who is one of the top defenders in the conference.
There are a few questions surrounding the U16s, thanks to the recent mass departures. The U16 Revs do welcome Colorado Rapids transfer Edward Venta-Yepes (’97) who will train with the Real Madrid this summer on the Adidas tour. Venta-Yepes could also see lots of PT with the U18s, as could fellow U16 striker Amadu Kanuteh (’97). Aaron James (’98), Matt Morana (’97), Michael Faria (’97), Derek Blanchette (’97) and Max Diamond (’98) are just a few returners from last season’s U16s.
The U14 Revolution roster is packed. With over twenty players, the Revolution will be able to see many of the club’s top prospects. At the top of that list are Justin Rennicks (’99) and Joseph Brito (’99). Both are highly regarded nationally. Brito comes over from rival Oakwood SC, while Rennicks spent time with the Revolution U16s.
Academy Star: ’96 Zachary Herivaux
Academy Talisman: ’96 Guyllain Kabala
Academy Prospect: ’99 Justin Rennicks