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Revs Academy Alum back in Fold

Photo credit: New England Revolution

Photo credit: New England Revolution

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A familiar face is back in town to kick the ball around.

Former Revolution Youth Academy product Gabe Gissie was spotted training with senior team on Wednesday. The 18-year-old striker,  who emigrated from his native Liberia to Worcester, Mass. as a child, has spent the last two seasons with the USL’s Sacramento Republic FC, which signed him prior to the 2014 season.

Gissie notched an assist in 14 games with the Republic during his rookie season in 2014, helping his squad win the league championship. He played in 14 games this year, scoring a goal and adding an assist while wearing the no. 9 shirt for the California outfit. Their season recently ended after losing to LA Galaxy II in the USL Conference Quarterfinals.

The Liberian international spent three seasons in the Revolution Youth Academy before he made waves in Feb. 2014 by signing with the Republic instead of pursuing college soccer as a Homegrown-protected prospect. According to a report, Gissie felt he was ready to turn pro at age 17 with the Revolution, who owned his MLS rights as an Academy player. But the organization was not ready offer him a deal.

“We told (the Revolution): look, we got offers for our players,” Ana Barcellos of Soccer Sport Network (SSN), a global agency that formerly represented Gissie, told in Feb. 2014. “If they come for us, and if we see that they have the talent for that, and if we have the opportunity and we want the player to take advantage of this opportunity, we’re going to go for it. So, what do you guys want to offer Gabriel Gissie at this point?”

Gissie is currently a free agent, and is now represented by Global Premier Management. The Revolution still hold his MLS rights.

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