The New England Revolution officially signed striker Justin Rennicks to a homegrown contract on Friday morning, drawing an end to a much-publicized disagreement between the player and club that lasted almost two years.
Rennicks, 19, is currently a sophomore at Indiana University and is widely regarded as a promising United States soccer prospect.
He trained in the Revolution’s Academy from 2012-16, starting with the Under-14 team, and got called into the U.S. Under-18 team numerous times in 2015 and 2016.
In 2017, the Revolution suspended Rennicks for the entire season because he trained with Frankfurt of the German Bundesliga, a violation of Revolution Academy protocol. The Revs stayed mum on Rennicks’ status with the club while many wondered whether the two parties could come to a resolution.
Rennicks slipping away was a legitimate possibility, especially when other academy products like FC Dallas’ Weston McKennie (Schalke 04) have found more enticing offers abroad. Even 15-year-old midfielder Patrick Leal, who played on New England’s U-14 team, left the Revolution Academy after just one year to sign a contract with Sporting CP.
Last December, Revolution president Brian Bilello announced in a tweet that Rennicks and the club would meet once more.
Rennicks’ acquisition marks the first time the Revolution have signed more than one homegrown player in the same off-season; Rennicks joins fellow homegrown players Diego Fagundez, Scott Caldwell, Zachary Herivaux, Isaac Angking, and Nicolas Firmino on the roster.
Rennicks scored six goals in 20 starts for Indiana last season and is a three-time Revolution Academy Player of the Year. Among his international accolades is scoring four goals in the 2019 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which the United States won.