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MLS Draft 2018: Revolution take defender Brandon Bye with pick 8

The Western Michigan speedster serves as the first Revs pick of 2018.

MLS: Combine Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution selected defender Brandon Bye with the 8th overall pick in the 2018 SuperDraft.

Bye, 23, played four years at Western Michigan, featuring as a right midfielder during the university’s stellar 2017 season. As a senior he was a United Soccer Coaches Division I National Scholar Player of the Year, USC First Team All-American, and Hermann Trophy semifinalist.

Although he put up impressive numbers in his final two years (20 goals and 12 assists), Bye is projected to be a right back in MLS. Here, he could use his athleticism to get into the attack. Bye was the only player to finish in the top 10 in the speed, agility and power tests that took place during the MLS Combine.

Bye will need time to develop, which he should be afforded because Andrew Farrell is slated to patrol the right side. If Bye meets his potential, he could be a very good pickup for the Revolution.