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Revolution strengthen Real Boston Rams affiliation

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The New England Revolution and Real Boston Rams announced on Tuesday that they expanded their partnership which establishes the Rams as the official USL Premier Development League (PDL) affiliate of the Revolution.

“We are excited to add Revolution staff to our current Real Boston Rams coaching team,” Real Boston Rams president Mike Madden said. “Having these two professional coaching staffs working together will benefit both organizations in player development.”

The Rams, who are entering their second season, won the 2013 PDL Rookie Franchise of the Year award in mid-December.

The affiliation, originally announced in April 2013, allows college-aged Revolution Academy youth team products to play for the Rams during their PDL season without affecting their NCAA eligibility and allowing the players to remain on the Revolution’s Homegrown Protected List.

Beginning in 2014, Revolution Under-18 assistant coach – and Tufts University assistant coach – Hobie Hare will serve as the associate head coach of Real Boston Rams with Mike Madden. Additional Revolution Academy youth teams technical staff will assist Hare and the Rams’ staff to oversee the young Revolution players’ development during the summer months.

“We’re pleased to continue this partnership with Real Boston Rams,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “We had a great first season in 2013 and we both saw positives to expanding this relationship. The affiliation allowed our college-aged players to play meaningful games close to home, and provided us the opportunity to monitor and assess them. We’re hoping to roster more of our college-aged Academy players this year as we continue to build out our development model and the Rams will play a big part in that.”

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