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New England Revolution loan homegrown Rennicks to USL’s North Carolina FC

The youngster featured in the U-20 World Cup and the 2019 MLS Homegrown game.

Jul 30, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; MLS Homegrown forward Justin Rennicks (9) chases the ball during the 2019 MLS Homegrown Game at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

North Carolina FC is currently in third place in the Eastern Conference table of the USL Championship, and on Thursday the club received a boost from an MLS side.

The New England Revolution announced that they are loaning Justin Rennicks to NCFC through the end of the 2019 season. The deal is pending federation approval and no other terms of it were disclosed. The Revolution can recall Rennicks at any time.

NCFC is managed by Dave Sarachan, who coached under current Revolution skipper Bruce Arena at several stops dating back to the 1980’s. The two coached together on staffs at the University of Virginia, D.C. United, the LA Galaxy and with the U.S. men’s national team.

After spending two seasons at the University of Indiana – where he tallied six goals and an assist over 29 matches – Rennicks signed a Homegrown deal with the Revs in January. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder is a native of Beverly, Massachusetts and was the club’s sixth-ever Homegrown signing. Twice, he was the Revs’ Academy Player of the Year. He also once trained with Bundesliga side Frankfurt.

Rennicks has featured for the U.S. youth national teams, most recently starring for Tab Ramos’ side in the U-20 World Cup in Poland, where he played in four matches and helped the U.S. reach the quarterfinals. Rennicks slotted home the game-winning goal in a 3-2 Round of 16 win for the Americans. Overall, he has seven goals in 16 caps for the U-20’s.

For the Revs this season, Rennicks appeared in three games and notched a goal in U.S. Open Cup play. His first professionals start came on June 29, where he played 61 minutes in a 2-1 victory for the Revs over the Houston Dynamo. While he has not appeared for the Revs since, he did play 45 minutes in the MLS Homegrown Game in Orlando, Florida this past week.

With NCFC, Rennicks will be teammates with fellow U.S. youth national team standout Manny Perez, who is with the club on-loan from Scottish Premier League giants Celtic FC. He will also reunite with former Indiana teammates Austin Panchot and Timmy Mehl.

Sarachan’s side is unbeaten at home this season through 10 games and will host Indy Eleven on Saturday in what could be Rennicks’ USL debut.

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