This is long overdue. With the academy in Foxboro, it’s too difficult to even get kids from the Boston area. Imagine Miles Robinson living and attending school in Arlington and then fighting traffic every afternoon to get to Foxboro. Is it a surprise he stayed local to play for the Bolts in USL2? And despite NCAA soccer’s deserved poor reputation, at least they give their students room and board.The Revs also announced along with next season's academy roster that they are launching a residency program. I don't see any players on the list from outside New England, but presumably some of the CT, Western MA and NH kids are availing themselves of the opportunity. If the Revs want to get serious about their academy, they are really going to have to expand their reach beyond New England because youth talent is quite limited here. There are still broad swathes of the country that aren't part of an MLS club's "territory" — and the rumors that "homegrown territories" will be limited/eliminated have continued to proliferate.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution Academy has unveiled its roster for 2019-20 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season. In total, 70 players from the New England region were selected for the Revolution Academy squads, which range from the Under-14 through the Under-19 age groups. Allwww.revolutionsoccer.net
As you mentioned, the youth talent is limited here, so it’s disaster when a talent like Robinson shuns your academy.