Revs Roundup: First of its Kind Edition

If you’re reading this, congrats, it means you’re privy to a momentous occasion: the first Revs Roundup.

The RR will be a once or twice-a-week post featuring the latest news about the New England Revolution Youth Academy, the goings-on of U.S. and international academy soccer and perhaps an hilarious soccer-related link too, if I’m feeling generous.

First three people to reply get to have dinner with Ryan Cochrane’s mustache.

Not Really. I just wanted an excuse to post this picture.

Enjoy the news!

Kabala stays with U-17 Residency Program – Press release from the Revs website about under-16 player Guyllain “Guy” Kabala, who will be training  in Bradenton, Fl. as part of the U-17 national team. Kabala was part of the squad that beat powerhouse Brazil at the Nike International Friendlies in December. Full roster here.

Revs players invited to U.S. Soccer Training Center – Six Revs youth footballers will be attending the Saturday training session — meant to identify potential youth national team players — at the Gillette Stadium campus.

Thomas Rongen: “College (soccer) hampers development” – Toronto FC’s new academy directory talks about his plans and ambitions for the Canadian soccer club’s youth programs.

Red Bulls academy to add residency program? – New York’s GM Erik Soler talks to the NYPost about the possibility of the club expanding the academy.

How to improve U.S. soccer – Some distinguished American coaches discuss what needs to be done to improve the game in the States. Surprise! Youth development is on everyone’s minds. Great thoughts particularly from Hackworth, Porter and Ramos.

Inside Bayern Munich’s youth program – Part 1 of an interesting Q&A with Werner Kern, head of the youth program at the storied German club. Here’s Part 2.

That’s all for now, but expect a few more posts in the immediate future. I attended my first Revs youth training session last night and I got a chance to snap some pictures and chat with Director of Youth Development (and U-16 Head Coach) Bryan Scales. Stay tuned.

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