TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
The New England Revolution have signed top prospect and academy product Justin Rennicks as a Homegrown Player, the club announced Friday.
The 19-year-old forward is the third Homegrown player to sign under head coach Brad Friedel and sixth Homegrown in club history. Rennicks most recently played two seasons at Indiana University, after five years in the Revs academy, where he was the team's Academy Player of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.
“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 GM Michael Burns said in a team statement. “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.”
"I'm excited to move on to the professional level and happy that my first contract is with my hometown team," Rennicks said. "I am grateful for the opportunity Todd Yeagley and Indiana gave me the last two seasons, and I know it has prepared me best for this next step. I can't wait to get out there under the guidance of Brad Friedel, who has done it at the highest level for both club and country, which is something that drives me every day. This club has been a part of my life for many years and it feels good to be back with the Revolution."
In addition to his two seasons at IU, Rennicks has been a regular member of the US youth national teams, representing his country at the U-16, U-18 and U-20 levels. Most recently, in November 2018, he helped the US win its second straight Concacaf U-20 Championship and qualify for the 2019 U-20 World Cup in Poland, registering four goals and six assists across eight appearances.