Miami, FL (Friday, January 18, 2019) by Kenneth Russo –
New England Revolution announced today that they have signed a highly coveted prospect as a Homegrown Player.
His name is Justin Rennicks, and he is a United States U20 forward who just completed an outstanding sophomore (2nd) season at Indiana University. Rennicks will forego his final two seasons of eligibility with the Hoosiers. Rennicks’ season for Indiana in 2018 included earning Second-Team All-Big Ten and First-Team All-North Region honours. He scored six goals on the year, including three match-winners, and started all 20 games he appeared in for IU.
“Justin was a talented and productive player during his time in our Academy, and he further distinguished himself at Indiana University and in the U.S. Youth National Team system,” Revs general manager Michael Burns said. “After monitoring his progress closely over the last two years, we felt this was the right time for Justin to take this next step in his development and join the first team.”
Rennicks was a key contributor on the United States U20 side that won the Concacaf U20 Championship in November and is expected to play a key part of Tab Ramos’ side in Poland at the U20 World Cup.
- POSITION Midfielder/Forward
- HT./WT. 5-11 / 165
- HOMETOWN Hamilton, Mass.
- HIGH SCHOOL Hamilton Wenham Regional
Univ. of Indiana player profile: 10, Justin Rennicks
During his time at the New England Revolution Academy, Rennicks scored 38 goals and 25 assists and was a three-time Academy Player of the Year.
On a lighter note, I can say with experience that he and his family have certainly logged a lot of miles on I-495.
Related on Russo Law & Soccer:
What Is The Homegrown Player Rule?
Major League Soccer has a complex set of rules that govern how the rosters of its clubs are filled. There is also a salary cap, with players occupying roster spots and having a “salary budget charge.”
An academy player may be signed as a “Homegrown Player” if he has been placed on a club’s homegrown player list and has met all necessary conditions. A detailed explanation of the Homegrown Player Rule can be found at: MLS Homegrown Player Rule