By Charlene Burton –
New England Revolution announced Friday that Jack Panayotou, 18, of Cambridge, Massachusetts has been named the United Healthcare Revolution Academy Player of the Year for the 2021-22 MLS NEXT season, becoming the eighth different recipient of this award.
Panayotou scored four goals during the 2021-22 regular season, before recording a team-high six goals in the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs as he propelled the Under-19s to the program’s first national championship title. Panayotou capped off the title run by scoring the game-winning goal in the final on July 3, 2022.
At the professional level, Panayotou made nine appearances in MLS NEXT Pro with New England’s second team this year, recording the fourth brace in Revolution II history on April 17 in the team’s 3-2 comeback win over FC Cincinnati 2.
“It’s a real honor to be selected as the New England Revolution Academy Player of the Year. I’m extremely grateful,” Panayotou said. “I never thought when I joined the Revs as an Under-13 player that I’d be getting this award one day, so I want to thank my coaches throughout the years, more specifically Rob Becerra and Curt Onalfo. I really appreciate this and I’m very grateful. Thank you guys.”
The New England Revolution will reveal the club’s remaining 2022 Team Award winners Saturday before the club’s final home game of the 2022 MLS regular season, a 1:30 p.m. against Atlanta United FC at Gillette Stadium.