Revolution II added to its offensive attack Friday when the club announced it had signed striker Ryan Sierakowski to a USL League One contract. As per team policy, contract details were not announced.
The 23-year-old Sierakowski comes to Foxborough following time spent with USL Championship sides Real Monarchs and Timbers 2 after Portland drafted him 23rd overall in the 2019 SuperDraft out of Michigan State University. During his rookie season in 2019, Sierakowski logged in excess of 2,200 minutes, scoring eight goals and helping on two others. He played 14 matches with Real in 2020’s shortened USL Championship campaign.
In Lansing, Sierakowski played alongside current Revolution mainstay DeJuan Jones, the 11th overall selection in that year’s SuperDraft, where he helped set school standards of 33 goals and 16 helpers, averaging a point per game in his four-year career which ended in the 2019 NCAA Division 1 College Cup semifinals.
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A potentially huge get for Revolution II.
Ahead of the 2019 SuperDraft, I had watched hours upon hours of film on all the potential draftees, and Sierakowski’s film was one of them. I wrote this ahead of the draft about him: “He didn’t score (in his first Combine game), but he had several opportunities to do so. What I liked about him in film is his aggressive manner in the attacking third. He’s got some power behind his shot, and he can score with both feet. He also has a great first touch.”
So hear me out for a second, folks. Last season, New England’s second team had difficulty scoring goals until Justin Rennicks went down midway through the season. And with no Mayele Malango or Orlando Sinclair with Revs II any longer, this might be a huge opportunity for Sierakowski to thrive against third-division opponents. And remember, he was a draft choice, and New England under Bruce Arena seems to favor draft choices over Homegrown players.
The key won’t be service from the midfield or the flanks, as Sierakowski has the ability to create space for himself with his first touch and subsequently power the ball into the net. If he can still do that for Clint Peay’s side, then he’ll have a good season. He needs a bit of confidence, it looks, seeing as the Revolution didn’t add stats from last year in the press release, but we all know what getting that first one can do. The first goal can lead to a breakthrough, the damn snaps and all the pressure leaves. See also the second half of 2020 for one Adam Buksa.
This has the potential to be huge for not only the club, but for Sierakowski, too. If he can get into a groove and help power New England to a better goal total than a season ago, he might be able to find a pro home here in Foxborough.
If he doesn’t, it could be back to the drawing board for Los Revitos.