New England Revolution Revs II

Revs II signs SuperDraft selection Lekressner, plus two others to bring roster to 14

The Revolution have made three additional signings to its Revs II outfit in USL League One, announcing that SuperDraft selection Simon Lekressner, a defender, along with defender Oskar Bloch and goalkeeper Joe Rice, have been added to the team pending approval from the league and US Soccer.

The third-division side’s roster newsstands at 14 players.

Lekressner, the 30th overall selection in January’s SuperDraft, comes to Foxborough via the University of California. He played 180 minutes with the first team during preseason, along with a 45-minute stint against the Portland Timbers U23 side. In four years with the Golden Bears, the Bellevue, Wash. native totaled 65 appearances, with 35 starts, and won the 2019 Pac-12 Scholar of the Year Award. As a senior, Lekressner posted a career-high five goals, including two game-winning strikes, and two assists. In the youth ranks, he was named the 2014-15 U.S. Development Academy Player of the Year for the West region and captained his Under-15/16 USSDA team, scoring 31 goals in 29 matches.

Bloch, 19, joins Revolution II from Akademisk Boldklub in his native Denmark and will be officially added to the roster pending receipt of his P-1 visa. He transferred to Akademisk in January from Slagelse B&I in Denmark’s second tier, making 13 league appearances, including 11 90-minute performances and three clean sheets. The six-foot-two center back developed in the FC Midtjylland Academy in Denmark, and represented the club’s Under-19 team in the Danish Youth League and UEFA Youth League during the 2018-19 campaign. He featured in the starting lineup for Midtjylland’s U-19s in the UEFA Youth League quarterfinals against FC Porto, and made two appearances in the 2019 Danish Cup.

Rice, 23, becomes the lone member of Revolution II to have played in USL League One’s first season, suiting up for the Richmond Kickers in 2019. A native of Fairfax, Va., he saw action in three games last season for Richmond, including two starts. Prior to joining the professional ranks, Rice played one season for Lionsbridge FC of the Premier Development League (now USL League Two), seeing action in 12 games. Rice graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he made six appearances and one start for the Rams.

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