Arlington’s Noel Buck, who joined the New England Revolution Academy aged 12, made his long-awaited Major League Soccer debut with the Revolution aged 17 on Saturday.
Buck, who played 66 games at youth level, eventually moved on to New England Revolution II and impressed there as well. He signed an MLS contract in January and got his chance to compete with the Revolution on Saturday after months of anticipation. Buck didn’t waste it, and he more than held on.
He came on as a substitute in the second half and played 27 minutes, helping the Revolution survive DC United 1-0 at Gillette Stadium. Midfielder Buck, the seventh homegrown player in club history, completed seven of eight assists and came close to scoring a Carles Gil goal.
Buck was very happy to take the win in front of a cheering home crowd.
“It’s a dream, really. It’s a dream come true,” Buck told reporters. “It’s a lot of emotions, you know. It’s just a lot. I mean, it sure feels good. But there is also a quick turnaround that we need to be aware of.
His teammates and head coach praised him for his composure and level of execution. Andrew Farrell said it was “incredible” and Bruce Arena called it a “great debut performance”.
“I was very impressed,” Arena said. “A very competitive kid for 17 years. His death was excellent.
Buck is thrilled, but he hopes this is just the beginning.
“It’s important, in my opinion, not to sit on it too much,” Buck said. “Tonight I can enjoy it, enjoy the fact that I made my debut and played well. But overall, it’s next, and it doesn’t mean anything if I can’t keep doing it.
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