Updated December 15, 2020
DAMIAN RIVERA AT A GLANCE:
MLS CAREER (2020): Signed by the Revolution as a Homegrown Player on Nov. 8, 2019 after more than three seasons in the Revolution Academy…Became the seventh Revolution Academy product to sign with the first team…At 16, marked the Revs’ second-youngest Homegrown Player signing to date (Diego Fagundez, 15)…Currently the youngest member of the first team at 18…Did not make an MLS appearance, serving as an unused substitute in the first five games of the season before being featuring for Revolution II in USL League One for the remainder of the season.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Logged first professional action with Revolution II in USL League One, making 14 appearances with nine starts and totaling two goals and one assist… Made professional debut on Aug. 7 vs. Orlando, playing 70 minutes and recording a team-high four shots with one on target...Started and played 61 minutes on Aug. 21 vs. Richmond...Played 12 minutes as a substitute on Aug. 26 vs. Greenville...Logged first 90-minute performance on Sept. 4 vs. Forward Madison, taking a team-high two shots with one on target...Played 33 minutes on Sept. 26 at Orlando, registering three shots...Scored first-career goal on Oct. 3 at Richmond, logging 20 minutes and recording to shots...Scored second goal of the season in 76-minute effort on Oct. 16 vs. North Texas, recording two shots and nine recoveries and winning USL League One Goal of the Week...Recorded first-career assist on Oct. 24 at Madison, creating a team-high three chances in 86 minutes.
REVOLUTION ACADEMY: Developed for more than three seasons in the Revolution Academy, joining the program ahead of the 2016-17 season from Bayside FC…Has made a combined 90 appearances, including 67 starts, and totaled 41 goals scored across the U-14, U-16, U-17, and U-19 levels…Through the fall portion of the 2019-20 USSDA season, paced the Under-19s with eight goals in eight appearances…Tallied four goals against D.C. United on Oct. 19…During the 2018-19 season, made 24 appearances and 18 starts, splitting time between the U-19 and U-17 sides…Scored seven goals at the U-17 level, and three goals with the U-19s…Tallied 12 times in 27 games, with 19 starts, during the 2017-18 campaign…In first season with New England, made 14 appearances and scored three goals for the U-16s.
NATIONAL TEAM (UNITED STATES): Received first career international call-up for a U.S. Under-17 training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. from Nov. 11-19, 2019…One of 20 players called in by U-17 Head Coach Raphaël Wicky for the camp, which was held alongside the U-16 BNT.
PERSONAL: Commonly referred to as “Tico”, a nickname received due to his Costa Rican heritage…One of two Homegrown Players from Rhode Island in the club’s history after Isaac Angking…Developed at Bayside FC before joining the Revolution Academy ahead of the 2016-17 season…Works closely with Project GOAL in Rhode Island, an organization that uses the power of soccer to provide academic and a strong foundation of social responsibility, teamwork, and collaboration in classrooms and on the field…Impacted by Project GOAL as a middle school student, where he benefitted greatly from the free, coeducational programming.