On Monday the New England Revolution announced that former Hokie Collin Verfurth had been signed to the team ahead of the MLS is Back Tournament which begins this week. Verfurth is the first player to move from the Revolution’s affiliate team in USL League One and should get the chance to make his MLS debut during this tournament.
Former US Men’s National Team coach, 5-time MLS Cup winner, and 5-time NCAA Champion Bruce Arena commented on the signing, “Collin made a good impression on our staff and players over the past two weeks, and it became apparent to us that he would be a good addition to our roster. We anticipate that Collin will continue to contribute to Revs II as well as offer important depth to our backline”.
Verfurth played for the Hokies between 2014 and 2017, making 72 appearances. Tech made the NCAA Tournament Collin’s Junior and Senior seasons. In 2019, he made his profession debut for Loudoun United in the USL Championship (2nd tier). Loudoun are the USL affiliate club for DC United in MLS, which played Verfurth in a friendly match last summer against La Liga side Real Betis.
Heading into the 2020 season he signed with the New England Revolution II side, a new club in USL League One (3rd tier). However, the pandemic delayed the start of the USL League One season, and the return of the various leagues has presented a new opportunity for Verfurth.
MLS elected to return to action by bringing all of the teams to Orlando for a month long tournament. However, given the short turnaround between matches, unorthodox training leading into the tournament, and the humidity in Orlando, all of the teams will need to utilize their depth. Verfurth becomes only the four centerback on the roster and should see time during the MLS is Back tournament.
You can watch the New England Revolution in their first match in the MLS is Back Tournament Thursday evening. The game will be aired at 8 pm ET on TUDN (Spanish) and Twitter (English), with the rest of the competition splitting time on the ESPN Networks and FS1.