Orlando City SC have selected New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston in Stage Two of the MLS' 2015 Re-Entry Draft today. The Revolution passed for the second straight round and made no selections. Jeremy Hall and Andy Dorman went unselected as well.
In the second round of the Re-Entry Draft, Orlando City has selected Kevin Alston from the New England Revolution. pic.twitter.com/5ekKyYLoqd— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) December 17, 2015
Alston was one of only two players chosen in the second stage, with Jermaine Taylor being selected from by the Portland Timbers from Houston. Combined with just two players taken in Stage One last week, Max Urruti to Dallas and keeper Alec Kann to SKC, the drop off of players selected in the MLS Re-Entry Draft from past years is staggering, and the new Free Agent rules could be having an effect.
Alston appeared in 148 MLS games for New England, making 136 starts. He registered just one league goal with seven total assists in his career as a Revolution player, though this doesn't count his 2010 North American SuperLiga final goal against Morelia which the Revs lost 2-1.
Alston is perhaps most famous for his battle with leukemia in 2013, where he was diagnosed in March of that year with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Alston received treatment for the disease and returned to action on July 27th against D.C. United, a homecoming game in front of friends and family. Alston was voted MLS' Comeback Player of the Year that season as the Revs made the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Alston's departure gives the Revs even less depth after a rotating door at right back carried the team through 2015. Alston, London Woodberry and veteran Jeremy Hall saw most of the action at the position with Darrius Barnes missing most the year to injury. Hall had is option declined though he was not selected in the re-entry process.
Thank you Kevin for your service in New England and best of luck and health in Orlando next season and beyond.