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New England Revolution need depth entering MLS SuperDraft

Mar 10, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Colorado Rapids midfielder Enzo Martinez (90) blocks a shot from New England Revolution midfielder Brandon Bye (15) at Gillette Stadium. (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)

The New England Revolution may be able to address its lack of depth at key positions during Friday’s Major League Soccer Superdraft in Chicago, though the club may not keep all five of its picks.

New England is reportedly interested in shopping at least one of its two first-round picks – it currently holds the 9th and 11th overall selections – which seems to be in line with many teams’ mindsets heading into the draft.

On Thursday, the Philadelphia Union sent all of its draft picks to FC Cincinnati, which now holds 10 total picks, including the first overall selection. FCC also made a trade with Los Angeles FC for the 16th overall selection.

Cincinnati can more than fill out its bench using collegiate prospects from its eventual Superdraft haul, though there’s no guarantee every pick-up will be offered a contract. Still, it’s a shame the Revolution – if they are indeed shopping draft picks – couldn’t make a deal with the Superdraft’s leading hoarder.

Earlier this week, The Athletic reported this year’s MLS Combine could be the last. Additionally, players who enter the league through the Superdraft are increasingly cut after just one season, if they even sign a contract.

Of the 10 Revolution draft picks since 2015, only three have earned contracts and remained in Foxboro for more than one season. One is full back Brandon Bye, New England’s first round pick in 2018. The other two are third-string forward Brian Wright and forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who was recently cut and will play for Legion FC in the second-tier USL Championship this year.

As for this year’s Superdraft, the Revs will make their picks knowing they need help in many areas of the field, including on the wing, at full back and in central defense.

New England could also make additions to its roster in the near future outside of the Superdraft. General manager Mike Burns hinted at future international signings last week.

American Soccer Now is also reporting that Indiana University midfielder and United States under-20 midfielder Justin Rennicks could be close to signing a homegrown contract with the club.

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