The New England Revolution made a pair of selections in the MLS SuperDraft Tuesday, selecting Jacob Jackson and Ben Reveno before passing on their third-round pick.
Some call the MLS SuperDraft a waste of time, while New England Revolution fans know it can be a goldmine. The entire backline came of the SuperDraft, in Brandon Bye, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler, and DeJuan Jones.
In round one, using pick No. 24, the Revs surprisingly took a Jackson, goalkeeper out of Loyola Marymount. Some believe he could be the predecessor to Matt Turner way down the road, as he posted some incredible statistics in his college years.
Jackson will likely fight for the Revs II starting goalkeeper job, with Joe Rice making a scene about leaving the club. Taking a goalkeeper is a wise move, though they probably could’ve gotten their guy even in round two.
In the second round, with the 52nd pick, the Revs drafted UCLA defender, Reveno. Reveno was a part of the UCLA starting center-back pairing. He started 59 games over the course of his collegiate career, and will add some much needed defensive depth that will most likely be tested at the Revs II level to start.
Preseason should be a chance for these draftees to prove themselves, as New England Revolution II leaves USL League One, and joins the new MLS affiliated league. If all goes well in development, it would not be surprising to see Jackson and Reveno move up the ranks and get a shot at some first-team playing time with three different competitions.
New England will participate in MLS, US Open Cup, and CONCACAF Champions League, meaning the depth will be tested at a whole new level.