While the team will be used as a developmental tool and feeder for the first team, Revolution II will also have access to the new Revolution Training Center and play regular season home matches at Gillette Stadium.
“Player development continues to be a top priority as we build for the future success of the club,” said New England Revolution President Brian Bilello in a prepared statement Wednesday morning. “Given the growth of our academy in recent years, at the end of last season we began discussions with the USL about adding a second professional team. We’re pleased those discussions have resulted in the launch of Revolution II for the 2020 season.”
Revolution sporting director/head coach Bruce Arena will oversee Revolution II with technical director Curt Onalfo, though the side will have its own coaching staff and crest.
“The addition of Revolution II is a critical step that fully defines the pathway for our younger players to professional soccer with the New England Revolution,” Onalfo said. “USL League One is an excellent opportunity for our young talent to compete against quality opponents and we’re excited for how this new team will elevate our player development model.”
USL League One launched this past season with 10 teams as the new third division in the U.S. Soccer pyramid. The 28-game regular season runs from March through October, with playoffs slated for the fall culminating in USL League One Final.
Revolution II is one of three expansion sides set to begin play in 2020 and will join 10 existing clubs in USL League One, including three others owned and operated by MLS sides — Orlando City B (Orlando City SC), North Texas SC (FC Dallas), and Toronto FC II (Toronto FC).
“We’re thrilled to have the New England Revolution join League One,” said USL Senior Vice President Steven Short. “It’s exciting to watch our league as it continues to grow in both size and intensity. We’re already looking forward to our second year of competition and know that this team will be tremendous additions to our league.”