MLS NEXT Fest Preview: Revolution Academy U-15, U-17, and U-19 Teams Heading to California


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution Academy’s U-15, U-17, and U-19 teams are heading to Indio, Calif. to compete in MLS NEXT Fest alongside 300 of the top youth teams across the United States and Canada from December 2-8, 2022.

The U-19s enter the tournament as the defending MLS NEXT Cup Champions with a 10-1-2 record this fall. They registered a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC Academy this past Saturday where Ezra Widman (2005 – New York, Ny.) scored the game-winner, while Max Weinstein (2004 – Montpelier, V.T.) earned the team’s sixth clean sheet of the season.

The team’s collective 39 goals this season have come from 10 different players, as Bryce Flowers (2005 – Sharon, Mass.) leads the 19s with eight tallies on the year. Including Weinstein, the U-19s have seen four goalkeepers contribute to their success this season in Ryan Carney (2005 – Dunstable, Mass.), Kevin Christensen (2006 – Natick, Mass.), and Marshall Nason Martin (2007 – Norwood, Mass.).

The U-19s begin MLS NEXT Fest action on Friday, Dec. 2 against Phoenix Rising FC with their next two games taking place on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Monday, Dec. 5 vs. Michigan Wolves and Sacramento United, respectively.

U-19 Players to Watch:

  1. Max Weinstein (2004 – Montpelier, V.T.)
  2. Bryce Flowers (2005 – Sharon, Mass.)
  3. Marco Dos Santos (2005 – Methuen, Mass.)
  4. Tyler Flowers (2005 – Sharon, Mass.)
  5. Jack Burkhardt (2005 – Sutton, Mass.)

The U-17s hold an 8-3-1 record this fall and began the season with seven straight victories. Last weekend, they fell to Toronto, 4-2, at Gillette Stadium, as Tito Nichols (2007 – Milton, Mass.) and Eric Klein (2006 – Manheim, P.A.) each found the scoresheet.

A total of 11 different players have tallied this season for the U-17s, with goalkeeping efforts coming from Owen Beninga (2007 – Jackson, W.Y.), Carney, Christensen, and Nason Martin. Olger Escobar (2006 – Lynn, Mass.) leads the team with seven goals this fall, while Peyton Miller (2007 – Unionville, Conn.) and Eric Martinez (2006 – Perris, Calif.) own five tallies each. The team has tallied three or more goals in seven of their 12 games so far this season.

The U-17s will face off against Chicago Fire on Friday followed by two matches vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, and Houston Dynamo on Saturday and next Monday, respectively.

U-17 Players to Watch:

  1. Olger Escobar (2006 – Lynn, Mass.)
  2. Peyton Miller (2007 – Unionville, Conn.)
  3. Eric Martinez (2006 – Perris, Calif.)

The U-15s are 6-3-3 this season and are coming off a 1-1 draw with Toronto last Saturday. Grant Emerhi (2008 – Mansfield, Mass.) notched his third goal of the season to secure his team’s third draw.

Cristiano Carlos (2008 – Chicopee, Mass.) leads the U-15s with seven goals on the season, while Cristiano Oliveira (2008 – Somerville, Mass.) has netted six. Sean Cory (2008 – Wrentham, Mass.) and Jose Goodman Millman (2008 – Cocheton, Ny.) have split time in net after each making eight appearances this season. All six of the team’s wins have been clean sheets, while 11 different players have found the net for New England this fall.

The U-15s are set to take on FC Dallas on Saturday with their next two matches vs. FC Cincinnati and LAFC taking place next Tuesday (Dec. 6) and Wednesday (Dec. 7).

U-15 Players to Watch:

  1. Cristiano Carlos (2008 – Chicopee, Mass.)
  2. Joaquin Garcia-Zilinskas (2008 – Concord, Mass.)
  3. Bryan Norena (2008 – Revere, Mass.)
  4. Braydon Fagundes (2008 – Warwick, R.I.)

The U-14s concluded their MLS NEXT fall season with a 1-1 draw vs. Toronto. Jonathan Cante (2009 – Pawtucket, R.I.) scored his first goal of the season in the 25th minute of the match. The U-14s head into the offseason with a 7-4-2 record with Judah Siqueira (2009 – South Easton, Mass.) leading his team with 10 goals on the year. Ryker Fauth (2009 – Milford, Mass.) and Reinner Fidelis (2009 – Peabody, Mass.) both saw action in net, leading the U-14s to five clean sheets this fall.

Following MLS NEXT Fest, all four Academy teams will return to action in March to begin the spring season. The complete MLS NEXT schedule and all the latest news from around the league can be viewed here. Click here to learn more about the New England Revolution Academy.

New England Revolution U-19s vs. Toronto FC Academy U-19s

Saturday, November 26, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 1, Toronto FC 0

Scoring Summary:

NE – Ezra Widman 13’

Revolution U-19s: Max Weinstein; Jack LaBelle, Jack Burkhardt, Alexi Karalis, Steban Betancur (Alexandru Parvu 74’); Marco Dos Santos (Kian Charris 86’), Tyler Flowers, Ezra Widman (Felipe Vieira De Andrade 46’); Jason Zacarias, Bryce Flowers (Gabriell de Godoi 86’), Gianluca Armellino (Alexander St. John (74’).

Substitutes Not Used: Owen Beninga.

New England Revolution U-17s vs. Toronto FC Academy U-17s

Saturday, November 26, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 2, Toronto FC 4

Scoring Summary:

NE – Tito Nichols 10’
TOR – Matteo Landicho-Correia 42’
TOR – Kristjan Fortier 60’
TOR – Andrei Dumitru 78’
TOR – Joses Chukwu 89’
NE – Eric Klein 90’

Revolution U-17s: Kevin Christensen (Ryan Carney 12’); Enzo Goncalves (Eric Martinez 60’), Sage Kinner (Alex Rapo 60’), Henrique Dias (Simon Henao 77’), Darwin Lopez; Giuseppe Ciampa, Edwin Flores (Eric Klein 45’), Jamie Kabuusu; Raphael Alevs (Aidan Reilly 77’), Tito Nichols, Olger Escobar.

Substitutes Not Used: Josh Poulson.

New England Revolution U-15s vs. Toronto FC Academy U-15s

Saturday, November 26, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 1, Toronto FC 1

Scoring Summary:

NE – Grant Emerhi 63’
TOR – Philip Biskupski 64’

Revolution U-15s: Sean Cory; Eli Ackerman, Caiden London (Luca Toro 68’), Tommy Tsouros, Alvin Depina (Joaquin Garcia Zilinskas 60’); Braydon Fagundes (Luis Fontalvo 68’), Gershom Matimano (Anthony Anduray 60’), Bryan Norena; Cristiano Oliveira (Mesud Ramic 60’), Cristiano Carlos, Grant Emerhi (Hector Orozco 68’).

Substitutes Not Used: Jose Goodman Millman.

New England Revolution U-14s vs. Toronto FC Academy U-14s

Saturday, November 26, 2022 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 1, Toronto FC 1

Scoring Summary:

NE – Jonathan Cante 25’
TOR – Stefan Kapor 51’

Revolution U-14s: Ryker Fauth; Nathan Jackson, Luke Nuspl, Sheridan McNish, Richard Owusu-Afriye; Brian Brooks, Alexander Glassman, Daniel Jordao; Jonathan Cante, Judah Siqueira, Kaleb Oliveira.

Substitutes Used: Camilo Moreno Bustamante, Reinner Fidelis, Kenny Mills, David Sellars, Jayden Flores, Radeen Alavi, Zackary Chaib.