New England Revolution Bolster Attacking Line with Two Strong Picks

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Evan Habeeb – USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution had a clear purpose entering the first two rounds of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and that was to strengthen their attack.

With the departure of USMNT star Juan Agudelo – who will join Stoke City the next season and will spent the upcoming months on loan in Europe – the Revs had a huge void to fill, but they addressed the issue with two strong picks early in the first-round.

The Revs chose forward Steve Neumann with the fourth selection and also landed Patrick Mullens — arguably one of the best strikers in this class — with No. 11 overall pick in a move that could turn out to be quite a steal if the two-time Hermann Trophy winner reaches his ceiling.

The pick of Neumann was considered by most as a stretch because even though he had first-round talent, nobody expected him to go into the first five selections; in fact, most experts considered that Mullins would be the first striker chosen and not Neumann, but The Revs hit a home run with their two picks.

These two selections will not only fill the void left by Agudelo, but they will also give the team a lot of versatility going forward. Neumann is listed as a forward, but he can also operate in a wider role. While Mullins got national attention playing as a striker, he is also adept to be a left winger so they can easily switch positions if needed.

It remains to be seen what roles these two rookies will have with the team once the regular season starts, but as things stand today, nobody can criticize the two attacking selections made by The Revs. They bolstered their offensive line with two of the most promising players in this class.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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