Eleven picks after choosing forward Brian Wright of the University of Vermont, the New England Revolution selected midfielder Napo Matsoso of Kentucky with the 31st overall pick.
With the 31st overall pick, the #NERevs select @UKMensSoccer midfielder @napo015. #SuperDraft pic.twitter.com/DdpIFRt3J9— NewEnglandRevolution (@NERevolution) January 13, 2017
Matsoso will report to Revs’ camp after four years of collegiate soccer, during which he collected 18 goals and 19 assists. As a senior, the 22-year-old was a NSCAA Second Team All-American and NSCAA All-Southeast Region First Team member.
Matsoso was born in Lesotho, but left when he was 15 years old to explore soccer options in the United States. The move to Louisville proved fruitful, but also removed him from his parents, who he hasn’t seen in approximately seven-and-a-half years.
Matsoso has been called a feisty ball-winner that could be a defensive midfielder in the professional ranks. If this is true, he would be competing against the likes of Xavier Kouassi, Scott Caldwell, Daigo Kobayashi, and Zachary Herivaux.
The Revs are set to open preseason camp on January 23rd.