The Revolution have announced that the club has signed four players to USL League One contracts for their Revs II outfit, pending league and federation approval.
According to a release from the club Tuesday morning, midfielder Mayele Malango, forward Connor Presley, defender Collin Verfurth, and defender Nick Woodruff are the first four additions to Revs II.
“Welcoming these four talented players as the first Revolution II signings marks an exciting milestone for the club as we continue to enhance the development pathway in New England,” Revs’ Technical Director Curt Onalfo said in a club statement. “Identifying and securing promising young players is one key part of our multifaceted approach to constructing the second team roster, and we look forward to making more additions in the weeks to come.”
“As we continue making strides in the build-up to our inaugural season, we are proud and excited to welcome these four young players onto Revolution II,” head coach Clint Peay said. “We are pleased to be adding players from a variety of backgrounds, which we hope will help each of the players on our roster develop and grow.”
The 21-year-old Woodruff is a four-year member of the Revolution Academy before heading to Michigan State University; the Attleborough native is expected to patrol the Revs II back line, as he has logged 2,000 minutes as a center back for the Spartans. Malango has played for both Salem State University and UMass-Lowell. In addition, Malango played interscholastic soccer at Lowell High School, where he led the Red Raiders to back-to-back Merrimack Valley League titles.
Verfurth and Presley arrive in New England from USL Championship side Loudoun United FC, where they both played under Revolution assistant coach Richie Williams. Verfurth, 23, played four seasons at Virginia Tech from 2014-17. The 6-foot-4 center back registered nearly 2,000 minutes played in 23 appearances – including 22 starts – for Loudoun last season. Presley, 21, recorded two goals and three assists in 2,291 minutes played across 28 appearances for Loudoun in 2019. A graduate of FC Dallas’ Academy, his prior professional experience includes two seasons with San Antonio FC, as well as time with English outfits Nostell Miners Welfare F.C. and Guiseley A.F.C.