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Youth players make college commitments

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Ten members of the New England Revolution Youth Development Program have announced their commitments to college soccer programs.

“It is always our goal to prepare our players for the demands of top-level soccer,” said Revolution Director of Youth Development and Under-16 Head Coach Bryan Scales.

“For a very small percentage of players in MLS’ Academy program, it might make sense to move from the youth teams into the senior team right after high school. But for most, the opportunity to continue their soccer development in college – while getting an education – makes the most sense. It is what makes our country different from all the other soccer-playing nations around the world. We are very happy that our players and their families have made decisions that they feel comfortable with,” Scales continued.

High school seniors:
Matt Bitchell (Byfield, Mass.; Georgetown High School) – Connecticut College
Devin Devoy (Attleborough, Mass.; Bishop Feehan High School) – Northeastern University
Jack Hilger (Hopkinton, Mass.; Hopkinton High School) – Princeton University
Nick Hoffman (East Brookfield, Mass.; Quabbin Regional High School) – Bentley University
Colin Patch (Providence, R.I.; La Salle Academy) – Connecticut College
Forest Sisk (Sudbury, Mass.; Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School) – Amherst College
Colin Sweeney (Southborough, Mass.; Algonquin Regional High School) – High Point University
Mitchell Taintor (Storrs, Conn.; E.O. Smith High School) – Rutgers University
Tyler Zon (Wellesley, Mass.; Noble and Greenough School) – Swarthmore College

Fabio Machado, Jr. (Leominster, Mass.; Burlington Community College) – Drexel University

Outside of regular training, both the U18s and U16s have a break from competition until early March, when the Revs will resume their fourth season in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Kicking off a series of road matches, the youth teams will play D.C. United at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md., on Saturday, March 10.