For the vast majority of Development Academy players, college soccer represents the next step. In fact, many of New England's NCAA standouts have roots at the region's five DA clubs.
Before signing a Homegrown Player deal, Justin Rennicks (South Hamilton, Mass.) came through the New England Revolution Academy and spent two years at Indiana. Simon Becher (Brooklyn, Conn.) came through Oakwood SC, then spent his freshman year at Holy Cross, only to later explore transfer opportunities. Same goes for Marcelo Lage (Middleton, Mass.), a former Boston Bolts center back who, as a freshman, played nearly every minute for George Washington in 2018.
Quite simply, the DA is regarded as the best platform to reach the highest levels of college soccer.
Mindful of that, where is the next crop of local DA players heading? To answer that, within are college soccer destinations for those at the Revs, Bolts, Oakwood, Beachside and Seacoast. Some local ties at New York City FC are noted, too.