Revolution II announces four signings ahead of MLS NEXT Pro debut

Just days after MLS NEXT Pro announced roster guidelines for its inaugural season, Revolution II announced four additions to its 2022 squad.

After weeks of speculation, Marcos Dias, José Ítalo and Ryan Lima have joined Revs II, while Michael DeShields returns to the club.

20-year-old striker Marcos Dias joins Revolution II on a one-year loan from Brazilian side Vasco da Gama. Throughout his 87 appearances for Vasco, Dias logged over 3,700 minutes and scored 21 goals in all competitions.

20-year-old defender José Ítalo joins Revs II after being a crucial part of Flamengo’s U-20 squad. Throughout his 24 appearances with Flamengo U-20, Ítalo has logged over 1,300 minutes. Ítalo was part of Flamengo’s U-17 team that won the Copa do Brasil Under-17 in 2018.

20-year-old midfielder Ryan Lima joins the club after scoring four goals and over 1,200 minutes with Botafogo U-20 side. Lima played in the Campeonato Brasileiro 2021 qualifiers as Botafogo reached the quarter-finals. Ryan Lima is Botafogo’s third youth product to sign with Revolution II since the club formed in 2020.

23-year-old defender Michael DeShields returns to Revolution II after signing his first professional contract with the club on November 30, 2020. DeShields never appeared with Revs II before joining DC United for their 2021 campaign. Product of Wake Forest, DeShields has logged over 4,000 minutes in 60 appearances with the Demon Deacons.

In addition to the four new signings, 10 players from the 2021 campaign will return for 2022. Esmir Bajraktarevic, Pierre Cayet, Michel Costa da Silva, Hikaru Fujiwara, Yannik Oettl, Sean O’Hearn, Connor Presley, Marzuq Puckerin, Colby Quiñones and Meny Silva will all come back.

Revs II will also see various Revolution Academy members join as young prospects seek to gain valuable professional-level development experiences.

The club also announced that François Dulysse, Tyler Freitas, Tiago Mendonça, Dennis Ramirez, Joe Rice and Ryan Sierakowski will not return to Revolution II.

One thing to watch is the status of left-back Ryan Spaulding. Spaulding was one of four Revs II players to join the first team in pre-season. With the mutual departure of left-back Christian Mafla just days ago, it looks increasingly likely that Spaulding will move from Revs II to the first team.

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