Nicolas Firmino Under-19 Academy
Keith Nordstrom

Academy Update | U19s advance to DA Cup quarters as U14s head to ICC Futures

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Revolution's Under-19 team advanced to the Allstate U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Cup Quarterfinal over the weekend by winning its group. New England's U-19 side, which compiled an unbeaten 1-0-2 record and plus-two goal differential in group play, will travel to Kansas City in April 2020 for the knockout phase of the tournament.

Led by Head Coach Marcelo Santos, the U-19s played to draws against the Houston Dynamo and Crossfire Premier, before claiming the top spot in Group E with a 3-0 win against Pateadores in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. on Saturday. Two Revolution Homegrown Players, Nicolas Firmino and Damian Rivera, featured in all three games and helped lead the squad to its finish atop the group.

New England's U-17s were also in action at the DA Cup in Lakewood Ranch, where the team registered a 1-2-0 record in the group stage, highlighted by a 2-1 win against Minnesota United FC.

This week, the Revolution's Under-14s are in Bradenton, Fla., where they are competing in the 2019 ICC Futures Tournament from Dec. 10-15. The tournament features academy sides from elite clubs including Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Arsenal FC, Juventus FC, as well as eight MLS teams. New England's U-14s are in Group 6 alongside Paris St. Germain, S.L. Benfica, and ICC West. The Revs kick off play on Wednesday, Dec. 11, with a double header against PSG and Benfica, before wrapping up group play on Thursday against ICC West. For more information about the ICC Futures tournament, please click here.

WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

· Midfielder Nicolas Firmino (Somerville, Mass. – 2000) started and played 90 minutes in all three of the U-19s' matches at the DA Cup. He scored one goal in the team's 3-0 win against Pateadores. Firmino signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Revolution first team in Nov. 2018. Fellow Homegrown Player Damian Rivera (Cranston, R.I. — 2002) also started all three of the U-19s' games at the DA Cup. Rivera is the latest Revolution Academy product signed to the first team, becoming the youngest active player on the senior squad at the age of 16 (now 17).

· Forward Michael Tsicoulias (Newton Centre, Mass. — 2002) scored twice at the DA Cup, including goals against Houston and Crossfire Premier. His five goals this season tied for second most among New England's U-19s. Forward Meny Silva (Roxbury, Mass. — 2002) also scored twice, contributing both of his goals in New England's 3-0 win against Pateadores.

· Goalkeeper Austin Causey (Gorton, Mass. — 2002) started and played 90 minutes in all three games. Causey registered a shutout in the win against Pateadores

UNDER-19s
New England Revolution U-19s vs. Pateadores U-19s
Saturday, December 7, 2019 – Premier Sports Campus (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
New England Revolution 3, Pateadores 0

Scoring Summary:
NE – Meny Silva (27')
NE – Meny Silva (38')
NE – Nicolas Firmino (45')

New England Revolution: Austin Causey; Nathan Metsack, Brian Son (Ethan Williams 83'), Thamba Mbungu; Colby Quinones, Trevor Burns (Joseph Buck 83'), Kaoru Fujiwara (Dennis Ramirez 67'), Nick Firmino; Meny Silva (Victor Viana 77'), Ronilson Mendes (Gevork Diarbian 67'), Damian Rivera (Michael Tsicoulias 77')

Substitutes Not Used: None

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Nicolas Firmino (Yellow Card) (34')
PAT – Sebastian Navarro (Yellow Card (45')
PAT – Zach Rosenstrauch (Yellow Card) (89')  

New England Revolution U-19s vs. Houston Dynamo Pateadores U-19s
Thursday, December 5, 2019 – Premier Sports Campus (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
New England Revolution 2, Houston Dynamo 2

Scoring Summary:
HOU – Kaya Ignacio (3')
NE – Michael Tsicoulias (20')
HOU – Javier Chavez (62')
NE – Victor Viana (77')

New England Revolution: Austin Causey; Nathan Metsack, Dennis Ramirez, Brian Son (Abdel Talabi 74'), Thamba Mbungu; Trevor Burns, Colby Quinones (Ethan Williams 63'), Nicolas Firmino; Ronilson Mendes (Gevork Diarbian 58'), Michael Tsicoulias (Victor Viana 74'), Damian Rivera (Meny Silva 58')

Substitutes Not Used: Matthew Tibbetts

Misconduct Summary:
HOU – Edrey Caceres (Yellow Card) (36') 
NE – Colby Quinones (Yellow Card) (55')
NE – Nathan Metsack (Yellow Card (66')

New England Revolution U-19s vs. Crossfire Premier Pateadores U-19s
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 – Premier Sports Campus (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
New England Revolution 1, Crossfire Premier 1

Scoring Summary:
CFP – Wesley Frankel (62')
NE – Michael Tsicoulias (85')

New England Revolution: Austin Causey; Nathan Metsack, Brian Son, Thamba Mbungu; Colby Quinones (Ethan Williams 69'), Victor Viana (Gevork Diarbian 62'), Trevor Burns, Kaoru Fujiwara (Joseph Buck 62'), Nicolas Firmino; Meny Silva (Ronilson Mendes 69'), Damian Rivera (Michael Tsicoulias 69')

Substitutes Not Used: Matthew Tibbetts

Misconduct Summary:
CFP – Sterling Eaglin (Yellow Card) (70')

UNDER-17s
New England Revolution U-17s vs. Orlando City SC U-17s
Sunday, December 8, 2019 – Premier Sports Campus (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
New England Revolution 0, Orlando City SC 4

Scoring Summary:
ORL – Teo Candido (11')
ORL – Christian Miranda-Cordeiro (33')
ORL – Kellner Lopez (75')
ORL – Krystofer Menendez (80')

New England Revolution: Matthew Tibbetts (Sebastian Pliszka 46'); Zachary Sardi-Santos (Matiwos Rumley 58'), Dylan Walsh (Avery Palma 69'), Cole Richardson; Samuel White (Cole Dewhurst 46'), Rainer Chai (Jack Panayotou 46'), Felipe DeAndrade (Florian Cho 69'), Hikaru Fujiwara, Morris Matthews; Felipe Vieira, Isaie Louis (Thaddeus Liquori 58')

Substitutes Not Used: None

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Samuel White (Yellow Card (28')
ORL – Thomas Williams (Yellow Card) (39')

New England Revolution U-17s vs. Sacramento Republic FC U-17s
Friday, December 6, 2019 – Premier Sports Campus (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
New England Revolution 1, Sacramento Republic FC 3

Scoring Summary:
SAC – Esteban Garcia (14')
NE – Cole Dewhurst (29')
SAC – Aidan Vangelatos (38')
SAC – Daniel Cervantes (45')

New England Revolution: Sebastian Pliszka (Matthew Tibbetts 45'); Cole Dewhurst, Mauro Fernandez (Avery Palma 45'), Cole Richardson (Rainer Chai 64'), Matiwos Rumley (Dylan Walsh 45'); Samuel White, Thaddeus Liquori (Felipe DeAndrade 68'), Morris Matthews, Jack Panayotou (Isaie Louis 55'), Hikaru Fujiwara; Florian Cho (Felipe Vieira 45')

Substitutes Not Used: None

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Samuel White (Yellow Card (28')
ORL – Thomas Williams (Yellow Card) (39')
SAC – Giovanni Ceja (Yellow Card) (53')
SAC – Daniel Cervantes (Yellow Card) (75')
SAC – Sean Battistessa (Yellow Card) (80')

New England Revolution U-17s vs. Minnesota United FC U-17s
Thursday, December 5, 2019 – Premier Sports Campus (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.)
New England Revolution 2, Minnesota United FC 1

Scoring Summary:
NE – Felipe Vieira (50')
MIN – Ty Walker (60')
NE – Thaddeus Liquori (85')

New England Revolution: Nickolas Cardona; Cole Richardson, Cole Dewhurst (Mauro Fernandez 80'), Zachary Sardi-Santos (Avery Palma 69'), Dylan Walsh (Matiwos Rumley 60'); Samuel White, Thaddeus Liquori; Hikaru Fujiwara, Morris Matthews; Felipe Vieira (Felipe DeAndrade 69'), Isaie Louis (Jack Panayotou 60')

Substitutes Not Used: Rainer Chai, Florian Cho

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Thaddeus Liquori (Yellow Card) (41')
NE – Morris Matthews (Yellow Card (59')

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