New England Revolution: A Force To Be Reckoned With In 2014

By Baxter Colburn
New England Revolution
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The New England Revolution had one plan going into the 2014 MLS Super Draft — find valuable attacking option.  That is exactly what coach Jay Heaps and company achieved, four fold.

New England had four draft picks entering into the 2014 Super Draft and were in good position to draft players the team knew would help strengthen not only the offense, but also add much needed depth to both the forward and midfield positions. Players like Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nguyen were all part of the core of young and talented players for New England, but several more players were needed to complete the already talented group of attacking players.

The Revs drafted Patrick Mullins, Alec Sundly, Steve Neumann and Pierre Omanga during the 2014 Super Draft. Probably the biggest surprise out of the four players drafted was Mullins, who is a two-time Hermann trophy winner (for those of you that do not know what that is, it is the Heisman trophy for college soccer). What is ever more surprising is that Mullins fell all the way to No. 11 where the Revs drafted him at. If this was any other sports draft, you would never see the best player in that sport during college fall that far during a draft. It is safe to say that New England was handed an absolute gift with being able to draft Mullins.

After watching highlight videos of Omanga, both at the combine and during his college career, I believe he will be a vital part of the Revolution attack this coming season. Omanga stands at 6-foot-2, and is 180 pounds of pure muscle. He is a perfect power forward to help bolster the Revolution attack.

Add the explosive abilities of Sundly and Neumann and you have four players that are goal scoring machines that will not only put the ball in the net a lot, but will also create numerous chances for others on the team. New England has all the right pieces to make a run for the MLS Cup in 2014.

Baxter Colburn is a U.S. Men’s Soccer Team writer for Follow him on Twitter @Baxstar20, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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