The New England Revolution explored moving up in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, according to New England Soccer Journal Assistant Editor Kyle McCarthy.
Hours before the draft, rumors swirled that Minnesota United FC, Atlanta FC, and the Chicago Fire, holders of the top three picks, were open to trades. The Revs were linked to each team, especially in light of Ives Galarcep’s report that Teal Bunbury was looking for a move away from New England.
Though we don’t know what was offered, we have learned that the Revs thought about acquiring a higher pick.
Revolution coach Jay Heaps said team had discussions this morning about moving up in SuperDraft, but price didn't fit. #MLS— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) January 13, 2017
This news is certainly interesting, especially since the Revs were said to have been looking at Syracuse defender Miles Robinson. Robinson grew up in Arlington, MA and played with FC Bolts Celtic. The highly-touted defender ultimately went to Atlanta with the second overall pick.
While talking about rumors that surface on draft day, General Manager Michael Burns noted that you can’t always believe what you hear.
“We had some conversations, but I can assure you that there were a lot more rumors than there were truths about our position, about us moving up,” Burns told RevolutionSoccer.net. “There was some truth to that, but it was far from completely true.”
The Revs ended the day with two picks, choosing University of Vermont forward Brian Wright before selecting Napo Matsoso of the University of Kentucky.