Former Hoya midfielder Tyler Rudy has signed his first professional contract. He went undrafted in January’s Major League Soccer Draft but went on trial with the New England Revolution.
After several weeks with the Revolution, Rudy announced on Twitter that he would be joining the team on a more permanent basis.
— Tyler J. Rudy (@TJRudy13) February 24, 2015
The team has not released the details of Rudy’s contract, but the central midfielder will likely see few, if any, minutes with the first team this season. The most probable landing spot for Rudy is Rochester, which hosts New England’s second tier affiliate.
Rudy has had the chance to practice along side midfielder Jermaine Jones, who played a very similar role for the United States National Team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup as the rookie did for Georgetown.
In addition to big names, there is one familiar face in the New England organization. Forward Steve Neumann, one of the best players in the history of Georgetown’s program, played in 23 games in his rookie season with New England last season.
Unfortunately, Rudy’s first game as an official member of the Revolution ended early when a late tackle in a preseason match against the Sounders saw him sent off with a straight red card. After taking a poor first touch, Rudy tried to win back the ball in the midfield but caught a Seattle player and was ejected from the game in the 60th minute.
Goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, who also was a senior captain with Georgetown in 2014, has had a less successful preseason. Gomez’s draft stock seemed to fall during the MLS Combine, but that worry did not pan out as the Columbus Crew selected the goalkeeper in the third round of the draft.
Just weeks into the preseason, however, Columbus released Gomez to go on trial with other MLS teams. Most recently, Gomez joined Rudy and Neumann in New England’s camp but he has not signed a contract. In fact, he is not one of the three goalkeepers listed on the team’s preseason roster.
The Revolution will kick off their season in Seattle on March 8. Neumann will certainly be dressed for the game and will likely make an appearance, either as a substitute or as a starter, while the landing spot of Rudy within the New England organization and the professional future of Gomez are more uncertain.