Usually, the Revolution do not publicly comment on contract negotiations. The Original Ten Major League Soccer club prefers to do things on the down low, away from the prying eyes of not only the Fourth Estate but also of the fans, who are eager to hear of any new signings that’ll help the club lift a trophy.
On Saturday morning, Revolution president Brian Bilello made a major about-face with the policy, addressing — in a tweet — that the club will be meeting with prized Revolution Academy prospect Justin Rennicks “regarding his future” with the Route 1 outfit later this month.
— Brian Bilello (@RevsPrez) December 8, 2018
Bilello had retweeted a tweet from Revolution legend-turned-ESPN pundit Taylor Twellman, who noted two European clubs — Frankfurt and Celtic — are “closely monitoring” the South Hamilton native and that he “hasn’t been offered a deal with” New England, who Twellman says Rennicks “wants to sign with.”
Bilello countered the claim that, “This makes it seem our staff aren’t speaking with him which is not the case.”
Rennicks just finished his second season with the top-seeded Indiana University’s men’s soccer team, who lost to No. 15 University of Maryland, 2-0, in Friday night’s NCAA Division 1 men’s soccer tournament’s semifinal round.
Indiana finished this season 20-3-1. Rennicks, who was Second-Team All Big Ten and First-Team North Region this year, scored six goals in 20 appearances with the Hoosiers this year, and added an assist in his freshman 2017 campaign.
Rennicks has widely been considered one of the Revolution’s top prospects, seemingly destined to become a Homegrown signing after he scored 38 goals and had 25 assists during his time in the Academy.
But after a forbidden training trip to Germany, the Revolution suspended Rennicks for his spring season in 2017, which, to some, signaled the end of his career in Foxborough before it even begun.
Academy rules indicate no player in the Academy can train with any other club, unless it is set up by your club. That particular clause did not occur in Rennicks’ case.
As the Revolution hold Rennicks’ MLS rights, it is entirely possible that the club can sign him to a Homegrown contract, avoiding his entry into a future MLS SuperDraft.