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Rhode Island FC signs goalkeeper Nate Silveira, midfielder Kevin Vang

By Staff, 02/20/24, 1:26PM EST


Duo become first Rhode Island natives to join club ahead of its inaugural season

New Rhode Island FC goalkeeper Nate Silveira competed for Vermont Green FC in USL League Two in 2022 prior to his senior season at the University of Vermont.

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Rhode Island FC announced on Tuesday it had signed goalkeeper Nate Silveira and midfielder Kevin Vang, pending league and federation approval. The Rhode Island natives join RIFC ahead of the upcoming 2024 USL Championship season.

Silveira, who grew up in East Providence and attended East Providence High School, joins RIFC from Crown Legacy FC of MLS NEXT Pro. Vang, a former standout at Providence College, was also born in Rhode Island and attended Cranston East High School.

“To be able to sign two quality players from the state of Rhode Island is really special,” said Rhode Island FC Head Coach Khano Smith. “As a club, one of our objectives is to show that there is a pathway to the professional level. Kevin and Nate represent the level of talent coming out of the Ocean State and both have worked extremely hard to get to this point.”

Prior to his season with Crown Legacy FC, Silveira spent four years at the University of Vermont. During his time with the Catamounts, Silveira was named back-to-back America East Goalkeeper of the Year while wearing the captain’s armband in his two final seasons.

Silveira also gained valuable USL League Two experience in 2022 between his final collegiate campaigns, captaining Vermont Green FC, where he logged 900 minutes and recorded 27 saves. Before transferring to University of Vermont, the goalkeeper was named 2017 NECC Goalkeeper of the Year at Dean College and earned All-America honorable mention by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Silveira’s youth career was highlighted as a member of Bruno United FC in Providence.

Vang’s youth career took off while playing at Bayside FC. The midfielder’s talents at the East Providence club led to his progression into the New England Revolution Academy. His play was recognized by U.S. Soccer, who called Vang into the U.S. Youth National Team Futures Camp in 2015 and an Under-17 National Team Camp in 2016.

A two-time captain for the Revs, Vang was named to the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Eastern Conference Best XI for the 2016-17 season. In 2018, Vang made the jump to the collegiate ranks at Providence College. Through his years with the Friars, Vang made 83 appearances and recorded four goals and nine assists in 4,877 minutes.

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