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Revolution drafts Kelyn Rowe

Posted by Matt Pepin, Staff  January 12, 2012 02:50 PM

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100rowe.jpgThe New England Revolution drafted UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe with the third pick in today's Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Rowe, the Pac-12 player of the year, scored six goals and had 10 assists in his sophomore season at UCLA. He is also a member of the US under-23 national team.

The 20-year-old midfielder becomes the next in a long line of former Bruins to join an MLS club, including teammate Benny Feilhaber, who came to New England last season after playing in Europe for the first six years of his career.

"Coming from UCLA, a place where that happens, we get stars in and out of the school ... you have players like that who are big names and it's just an honor to be a part of that group," Rowe said via conference call.

Rowe hopes to add his offensive touch to a Revolution club that finished the 2011 season with 38 goals, the third-lowest total in the league, ahead of only Toronto (36) and Vancouver (35).

"I love to go forward, I love the ball on my feet," Rowe said. "And I want to bring that to New England, bring that attacking force and that goal-scoring force to New England."

To get that chance he will have to compete for minutes with Feilhaber and veteran midfielder Shalrie Joseph among others.

"It's not going to be given to me," Rowe said of his opportunity to make an immediate impact. "I'm going to have to work hard for it; it's not going to come right away."

The Revolution chose defender Tyler Polak of Creighton in the second round.

“We’re happy with our selections today,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “To have two picks in the top 22, and to be able to sign two Generation adidas players that can join our roster immediately – we feel that it will be beneficial to both us and the players.”

The Montreal Impact chose Duke's Andrew Wenger with the top pick in the draft and Darren Mattocks went No. .2 to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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