Author: Alec Morrison

Seven More Players Added to the Revs NPSL

It’s exciting to see the number of extremely talented players the Revs have brought in for this summer.  Our final seven announcements will certainly add to the anticipation of opening day on May 1st.  Midfielders Rocky Guerra, Diego Milessi, Santiago Gimenez, and Miguel Vilas along with attackers Akinni James, James Williams and Ryan Carmichael.

Rocky Guerra is a creative midfield who is a 2019 Furman graduate where he made 74 appearance for the Paladins, scoring six goals and adding twenty assists. He played youth for GSA where he led the team to the Region III Championship.

“Rocky had a fantastic college career at Furman, and is proven at a high level. He will offer creativity from wide areas, and can also come inside to create problems. He will give the squad experience, and depth in a number of roles”. – Coach Ricky Davey

 

This is Diego Milessi’s first season with the Revs NPSL after spending time with the Reserves in 2019.  At GGC he’s made thirteen appearances, scoring one goal and adding an assist for the Grizzlies. He previously played for MOBA in USL2.

“Diego is experienced at the semi pro level, and is in a top environment at GGC. He moves well, and is tricky with a ball at his feet. A versatile player that will impact the squad and will give us selection problems from the start”. – Coach Ricky Davey

 

Santiago Gimenez joins the Revs after a stellar season at UNG where he played in ten games, scoring four goals and providing two assists.  Prior to UNG, he played for Cowley College, scoring thirteen goals with eleven assists and was an All Conference and All District selection.

“Santiago has USL2 & NPSL experience in Florida, and had a great first season at UNG. He has amassed a great amount of games in the US system for an international student, and is one that clearly loves the game. His enthusiasm is contagious”. – Coach Ricky Davey

Miguel Vilas is a first year Rev. The Gardner Webb senior also spent two years at Union University and has prior NPSL experience with Inter Nashville FC.

“Miguel is a skilled midfield player that will help give balance & creativity to the team. He will join a midfield group that is talented, gritty, and compliment those around him. We are excited to see what Miguel adds to the group” – Coach Ricky Davey

 

 

 

Akinni James is the reigning UPSL Golden Boot winner and Young Player of the Year.  In his rookie season he scored 24 goals in only sixteen games.  He’s played for the Atlanta United and Cincinnati FC Academies.

“Akinni is a fantastic all round striker. We’re excited to add a young player, with bags of potential to the summer group. The environment will expose him to a higher level of soccer on & off the field. He has a strong knack to find the back of the net, and has done it at a high level. Hopefully that continues”. – Coach Ricky Davey

 

James Williams joins us from Oglethorpe University. As a Freshman in 2019, James scored nine goals and added three assist for the Conference Champion Stormy Petrels. He played club at Atlanta Fire United (ENCL) and scored 43 goals for Peachtree Ridge HS.

“James will run through a brick wall for this team. Whether that be as a central striker, or a wide player, James will get it done. He’s explosive, raw, and will create opportunities for the team. Really excited to get working with James, and I know the team will love being around him”. – Coach Ricky Davey

 

Ryan Carmichael is joining the Revs for his first season after a great rookie campaign for Hofstra where he scored four goals in eight games. Back home in Northern Ireland, he made 20 appearances for Portadown FC in the NIFL Premiership.

“Ryan was the final piece we added to this puzzle. A player that can play directly as a 9, or play underneath the 9. He is a tall player that can hold the ball up or run in behind. Most importantly he knows where the goal is, and we hope to put him the right spots to make the most of that talent”

-Coach Ricky Davey

Attacking Duo Signed

Forwards Jackson Eskay and Geo Rios joining the Revs for 2021.

Jackson brings our squad a ton of experience to the squad.  He is a William and Mary graduate who was selected to the CAA All Conference Team, scored 17 goals and added 16 assists in 72 appearances for the Tribe.  While in college he spent his summers in the NPSL for FC Frederick and was selected to the 2015 NPSL East Region Team.  After spending two years with the Richmond Kickers in the USL Championship, he moved to Atlanta joining the ADASL powerhouse club Majestic SC and was spotted by Revs scouts.

Geo is having an enormous impact at Clayton State University.  The Lakers team captain, he was a 2019 All Conference player.  In his short career there, Geo has earning the captain’s band, making 29 appearances scoring 6 goals with 9 assists.  The Lawrenceville, GA native played his youth at Concorde Fire DA.

“Jackson is a seasoned professional after spending two seasons in USL. He will work tirelessly, and provide excellent back to goal hold up play. His experiences will be great for the younger players, and he is wanting to prove there are goals left in the tank”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Geo brings assists and a goal threat to the squad this summer. If you look at the PBC conference since his time at Clayton State, he’s up there in terms of assists and wins. He’s the captain at Clayton, and will provide more leadership to this squad. A great addition.”

Jake Duncan-Smith and Josi Ortiz on the Squad

We’re happy to announce the addition of two very talented midfielders to our NPSL roster.  Jake Duncan-Smith joins us from Jacksonville University where he already has 17 appearances and a goal for the Dolphins.  As a youth player, he was a member of the Concorde Fire Developmental Academy.  A Hampton, GA native and graduate of Dutchtown High School, Jake adds to an impressive list of local players on the roster.

Josi Ortiz is a sophomore at Limestone University and making a huge impact.  A 2019 All Conference Carolina selection, Josi has played in 27 matches, scoring 8 goals and adding 4 assists.  The attack minded midfielder is from Buford, GA and also played for the Concorde Fire Developmental Academy.

“Jake is a technically gifted center midfield player who covers a lot of ground with his leggy body type. He is more defensive minded, but looks to switch the play when on the ball, and defensively will shut passing lanes down, and press with intensity when needed. Excited to work with Jake this summer”. – Coach Ricky Davey

 

 

 

 

 

“Josi is a talented young player coming through the ranks at Limestone. Coach Daniel Mohsen has a great relationship being an alumni, and was able to get Josi on board. He is a tricky wide player, with tons of energy and will give his all for the team. I’m excited to see Josi this summer, and see how he develops”. – Coach Ricky Davey

Atlanta United Academy Grads Miguel Gonzalez and Victor Delgedo Signed

We’re excited to announce our 8th and 9th Atlanta United Academy graduates to join the Revs this summer.  Along with previously announced goalkeepers Josh Hangi and Brant Zulauf, Miguel and Vic round out our class of 2020 Graduates and they are certain to impress this summer.  Miguel Gonzalez is a Snellville, GA native who made 45 appearance for the United.  His teammate Victor Delgado hails from Conyers, GA and played in 77 matches for the Academy.

“Miguel is a hungry, direct, attacking player. He likes to score goals, assist goals, and create opportunities in and around the box. His ball carrying ability, and combination play will offer great variety in the attacking third. He brings a different dimension to our attack.” – Coach Ricky Davey

 

 

 

 

 

“Vic is incredibly technical & and has a great understanding of the game. His awareness on the field is second to none, and speed of foot will help us in midfield and in wide areas this summer. A superb addition to the NPSL squad for 2021.” – Coach Ricky Davey

Hirsch, Gamarra, Arambruru and Rodriguez Return for 2021

We’re delighted to have this quartet return for the 2021 NPSL season. They all bring unique qualities and vast amounts of experience to the group.

Sagi Hirsch returns for his fourth season with the Revs.  Our 2018 Team Captain, Sagi is a natural leader and outstanding player who’s made 24 appearances, playing 2014 minutes on the backline.  The Ma’ayan tzvi, Israel native played for Georgia Gwinnett College where he was a two time All-Conference selection.

“Sagi is a high IQ, full throttle wingback that will get up and down all day long. His left foot holds great quality from open play, and dead ball situations. His experience will be invaluable to this squad.” – Coach Ricky Davey

 

Brahan Gamarra is back for his third season.  He’s played in eleven games for the Revs, scoring one goal.  Originally from Lima, Peru, Brahan is well known in Atlanta soccer circles.  As a college player he was a member of the 2015 National Champion Tyler College squad where he was an All American.

“Brahan is an incredible player, so silky on the ball and possesses the ability to unlock oppositions defenses. He will nourish the young talent in this group, while showcasing his own ability to a high level”. – Coach Ricky Davey

 

Ian Arambruru is back for his second season in the Red, White, and Blue.  Another Lima, Peru native, Ian played for Georgia Gwinnett College.  While at GGC, he played in 67 games and helped the squad win three Conference Championships.

“Ian offers experience and top quality at CB, and as a defensive minded midfielder. He comes with grit and toughness, as well as soft quick feet and a great understanding of the game. A top addition to the squad this summer.” – Coach Ricky Davey

 

George Rodriguez returns for his third season.  Our 2017 Player of the Year has made thirteen appearances for the Revs.  The Georgia State graduate played 34 matches for the Panthers.  George is a local youth soccer legend, playing for both Eagles Landing High School and Concorde Fire DA.

“George is a player I know well from his time at Georgia State. He is able to play in numerous positions across the back and midfield with top quality. He will lead on and off the field, and provide an experienced shoulder for the squad in the NPSL.” – Coach Ricky Davey

Alhaji Tambadu Returns to the Revs

Alhaji returns for his 3rd season with the Revs!  The Georgia Southern University senior midfielder made 59 appearances for the Eagles scoring five goals and adding an assist. He’s made nine NPSL appearances playing 355 minutes with one assist.  After moving from Sierra Leone to Clarkston, he played for the Atlanta United Academy where he was recognized with the 2016 Best Player Award.

“Alhaji brings years of high level experience to this group. From his days with the ATL UTD academy, to his time in college with Georgia Southern under Coach John Murphy. He has the ability to play in numerous roles with quality, and also the athleticism and skill to be a high level NPSL player. Buzzing to have Alhaji back in a Revs shirt for 2021” – Coach Ricky Davey

Open Tryouts to the NPSL: Alexis Iturria

After impressing the coaching staff at open tryouts, Midfielder Alexis Iturria has been invited to join the Revs this NPSL season.  The Lovejoy native is a true freshman and already making an impact at Clayton State where he has five appearances with a goal and two assists for the Lakers.  Prior to Clayton, he played for the Atlanta United Academy, the Regional Olympic Development Program, and was a first team All-Region player for Lovejoy High School where he scored 21 goals.

“We are delighted to add Alexis to the NPSL squad this season. He was a standout at the open tryouts, and brings exactly what the group needs in terms of his versatility, skill, and his determination. I think it says a lot that out of 40+ players he stood tall, and stood out in that environment. Can’t wait to see Alexis development through the summer months”. – Coach Ricky Davey

Welcome Back Gianmaria Fiore

Gianmaria returns to the Revs for his second NPLS season after a stellar rookie year in 2019 where he appeared in 10 games and was selected as the Revs Defensive Player of the Year.  The 6’3 Center Back from Napoli, Italy is a dominant defender who owns the air.  Entering his junior year at Georgia Gwinnett College, he’s played 37 matches with 8 goals and 2 assists.  Fiore has helped GGC win two Conference titles, make it to the NAIA round of 16, and was named the Association of Independent Institutions 2019 Championship Most Outstanding Player.

“Having Gianmaria back for 2021 is a great addition to our already physical backline. His intelligence, strength, and ability to play vertical passes with accuracy will play a huge part in how we want to build from the back. His familiarity with how the program works, and the ins and outs of a Revs NPSL season will be beneficial to the group. The staff are excited to get to work with Gianma”.  – Coach Ricky Davey

All-Conference Forward Brad Kay Joins the Squad

We’ve signed prolific goal scorer Brad Kay from Clayton State University.  The 6’3 forward from Manchester, England has been a dominate force in the Peach Belt Conference.  Entering his junior year he already has 40 appearances, scoring 16 goals and adding 6 assist.  Brad was named to the 2019 All-Conference team after putting 10 shots in the back of the net for the Lakers.  Before moving to the States, he played for the Oldham Town FC Academy.

“Brad is a physically imposing and dominant center forward. He links up play really well, and is a danger in and around the box. His size will cause problems from set pieces, and he possesses a delicate touch for a big man. A great character and person, a key piece to the puzzle”. – Coach Ricky Davey.

Revs Welcome Defender Ryan Suckling

We are pleased to announce the recent signing of Centerback Ryan Suckling who adds size, strength, and tenacity to our backline.  The Surrey, England native is currently a member of the Gardner Webb University squad. The 6’1 center back played for Watford’s U18 and U23 teams before coming to the US for college.  Prior to Watford, he was a member of the Crystal Palace FC Academy.  Ryan played for National League side Aldershot Town and has 19 appearances for Basingstoke Town FC in his home country.

“Ryan is a tough, and uncompromising defender that excels in 1v1 battles. A strong aerial presence, and cultured left foot will bring quality and grit to this team. He is a personable, and outgoing character that will have an instant impact on and off the field. I expect Ryan to come in and put his stamp on this 2021 NPSL season day one”. – Coach Ricky Davey