Revs Roundup: Revolution in South Africa Edition

There’s been some big news in the past week (heck in the past half-hour!) concerning the New England Revolution and the Development Academy as a whole. Without much ado, lets just get to them headlines! Enjoy!

Revs U17s headed to South Africa – The freshest news coming out of the Revolution camp is that the a U17 team has been invited to play in the Future Champions Gauteng Tournament, featuring clubs from South America, the Middle East, Africa, as well as Dutch giants (not literally) PSV Eindhoven. Exciting stuff.

Zambia's K-Stars and PSV Eindhoven in action at last years tournament, from kickoff.com

Development Academy moves to 10-month season – Starting next fall, all development academy teams will play a 10-month season — expanded from seven months — similar to elite youth leagues around the world. See a video about this change here. Read what USSF bigwigs and club officials are saying about the move here. Got questions about the shift? Check the FAQ here.

A large part of what makes the extended season big news is it means Development Academy players will not be allowed to play for their high school teams, almost a sacred honor in the American sports ethos.

Kyle McCarthy takes a more in-depth look at the switch over on goal.com, while his St. Louis website has some coaches discussing what players may be losing.

The case for high school soccer – Pennsylvania club soccer coach Mike Barr argues in favor of the high school system.

“We’ve done a great job so far” – A look at MLS’ development system and its homegrown players thus far. Read part 2 here.

Teibert puts best foot forward – An in-depth look at Russell Teibert, a promising midfielder who is being touted as a model of the Whitecaps’ residency program.

Finally, in international soccer this past weekend, there was the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Good – Christiano Ronaldo scoring this golazo, Thierry Henry making all us Gooners think it’s 2004 with this stoppage-time game winner and Zambia exercising some ghosts of the past with an emotional victory at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Bad – Ray Hudson’s always-terrible, always-hilarious commentary during this weekend’s La Liga match between Barcelona and Osasuna.

The Ugly – The EPL displayed the full spectrum of the beautiful (and not-so-beautiful) game this weekend. Nothing though, was more soap opera-esque and just plain shameful than the on-going drama between Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. The worst part of the sport could be distilled in this GIF.

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