The New England Revolution announced the signing of 17-year-old midfielder Nicolas Firmino to a homegrown contract on Tuesday.

Firmino, born in Brazil, resides in Somerville, Mass. He scored 35 goals in 90 appearances in 4 1/2 seasons with the Revolution's academy team.

"Nicolas has grown tremendously over his four-plus years developing in our Academy, distinguishing himself by both his technical abilities and maturity on and off the field," Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. "After closely tracking his progress in the Academy, and with the success he has had in first team training sessions over the last year, we are confident that Nicolas is ready to take this critical next step in his development."

Firmino is New England's fifth homegrown signing.

"It's a blessing to be taking this important step forward in my career and I look forward to taking full advantage of this opportunity with the Revolution," Firmino stated. "I believe that my time in the Academy and the key experience I gained training with the first team over the last year have prepared me to compete at the professional level."

--Field Level Media

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