A pair of New England Revolution players made their professional debuts for the 2019 season on Saturday, but not in Revs colors.
The Major League Soccer side announced earlier this week that Zachary Herivaux and Brian Wright had been loaned to Birmingham Legion FC, an expansion side in the USL Championship. Both players featured for Birmingham in the club’s 0-1 loss to Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday. Herivaux played the whole match in the midfield and Wright subbed on as a forward in the 59th minute.
Both of the players are on open-ended loan deals, meaning New England may recall them at any point during the season.
Herivaux, 23, is in his fifth professional season after signing with the Revolution as the club’s third ever homegrown in 2015. The Boston native owns 10 career MLS appearances, including two starts. He’s scored twice for the Revs in U.S. Open Cup play. Herivaux also owns four international caps with the Haitian national team.
Jay Heaps, the president and general manager of Birmingham FC, was the head coach of the Revs from 2011 to 2017.
“Jay brought me in and I trained with the Revs academy since I was 16,” Herivaux said in a statement. “He gave me my first [MLS] contract. I’m also very comfortable with [Birmingham assistant coach] Khano Smith because I’ve known him since I was a kid. He’s very good friends with my dad and I’ve known him a long time so that makes coming down here easy.”
Wright, 23, is in his third professional season after New England selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Vermont, where he tallied 39 goals and 25 assists in 80 games. The Ontario native has appeared in 16 matches across all competitions with the Revs, scoring twice.
“Because we already know Jay and those guys, it’s definitely an easier transition,” Wright said in a statement. “I’ve known Jay ever since he drafted me straight out of college. It’s more reassuring coming down here knowing how they run things.”
Birmingham’s ties to New England are hard to ignore, and the club is sort of unofficially becoming Revs-South. Heaps spent 15 years with the Revs as a player and manager and Legion head coach Tom Soehn worked for the Revs from 2014 to 2017. Smith also spent five season in New England, and Birmingham has signed three former Revs players in Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Daigo Kobayashi and Trevor Spangenberg.
- On Thursday, North Carolina FC announced the signing of academy product Caleb Duvernay. Duvernay, 22, is a homegrown in the truest definition, growing up in Cary, N.C., and playing college soccer at N.C. State. He is the first player in the club’s history to play for its youth academy, U-23 team and sign a pro deal with the first team. The defender has participated in U.S. national team camps at the U-15 and U-17 levels. Duvernay did not appear in the matchday 18-man roster for NCFC in its 1-0 win over the Bethlehem Steel on Saturday.
- Ottawa Fury FC announced Thursday it re-signed goalkeeper Callum Irving. The 25-year-old, 6-foot-1 native of Vancouver has made 34 appearances for the Fury since 2017. He played college soccer at the University of Kentucky. In 2016, Irving briefly spent time with the Houston Dynamo in MLS. Irving was an unused sub for Ottawa on Saturday in its 1-0 win over Birmingham.