A pair of New England Revolution youngsters will be wearing the kit of another color this summer.
Goalkeer Luis Soffner and midfielder Alec Sundly will trade their blue Revolution strips for green Rhinos kits after they were loaned out to New England’s USL-PRO affiliate in Rochester.
The duo will join the Rhinos for its preseason camp, which started last month. Two more Revolution players will be loaned out to the Rhinos at a later date to bring the total to four, as stipulated in the affiliation agreement.
Soffner, 24, enters his second season ins MLS after he was selected by the Revolution in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. He was listed as the third-string keeper for much of his rookie campaign, but was elevated to backup on a pair of occasions during the course of the season. He saw a combined 71 minutes between two games during the 2014 preseason.
Sundly, 21, was selected by the Revolution in the second round (31st overall) of the 2014 SuperDraft, and entered camp as an unsigned draft pick. He featured in all seven of the club’s preseason matches before earning a contract with the club late last month.
In the club’s announcement on Sundly’s signing, Revolution general manager Michael Burns called the former California standout’s selection in the second round a “little bit of a steal.”
“He’s been a nice addition to camp and will provide us with some depth and versatility in the midfield this season,” said Burns in a team release last month.
The Revolution loaned out four players to Rochester during the first year of its affiliation agreement in 2013. But only one player – defender Bilal Duckett – was recalled for league action. He featured in New England’s May 2 match at Portland – one which ended in a 0-0 draw.