Revolution II is starting to form. On Tuesday the New England Revolution announced four player signings for their USL League One team that debuts in 2020. Midfielder Mayele Malango, forward Connor Presley, defender Collin Verfurth, and defender Nick Woodruff were the signees pending league and USSF approval. All four have their various connections to both the area and the coaching staff.
“Welcoming these four talented players as the first Revolution II signings marks an exciting milestone for the club as we continue to enhance the development pathway in New England,” Technical Director Curt Onalfo said. “Identifying and securing promising young players is one key part of our multifaceted approach to constructing the second team roster, and we look forward to making more additions in the weeks to come.”
Woodruff for example played for the Revolution Academy for four-years before going to Michigan State in 2017. Woodruff, 21-year-old, is an Attleboro native and logged over 2,000 minutes in 25 appearances for the Spartans. Woodruff played with Revolution first teamer DeJuan Jones for one-year at Michigan. Prior to departing for the Spartans Woodruff played in over 100 appearances for the academy and trained with the first team a handful of times as well.
Another Mass connection is Melango who is joining Revolution II after playing one year at Salem Sate and then UMASS Lowell. Melango appeared in 18 games in 2019 for UMASS scoring one goal and two assists. Prior to his collegiate career he wa as member of the Lowell High School Red Raiders. During his time with the Red Raiders he was a two-time Lowell Sun Player of the Year.
As for Verfurth and Presley. The pair spent last year with USL Championship’s Londoun United where they played under Revolution Assistant Coach Ritchie Williams. Verfurth was a four-year player at Virginia Tech and apppear in 23 matches with 22 starts for United last season. Presley, 21-years-old, is a product of FC Dallas’s academy and spent time with San Antonio FC, as well as English sides Nostel Miners Wellfare F.C. and Guiseley A.F.C.
All four players will be coached by Revolution II Head Coach Clint Peay.
“As we continue making strides in the build up to our inaugural season, we are proud and excited to welcome these four young players onto Revolution II,” Head Coach Clint Peay said. “We are pleased to be adding players from a variety of backgrounds, which we hope will help each of the players on our roster develop and grow.”
New England is expected to make additional signings for their USL League One side and will likely loan some of the younger first teamers to the side to see critical developmental minutes.