When the New England Revolution selected midfielder Kelyn Rowe with the 3rd Pick in the 2012 SuperDraft, they knew they were getting an impact player for the future of their organization.
Yet, what has surprised many is how quickly Rowe is making his presence felt on the field.
His impressive production this preseason continued on Saturday night, when Rowe delivered both goals in the Revs 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls. Rowe now has four goals and four assists in five games this preseason.
Rowe hopes to continue this pace, with the season kicking off in only 11 days.
“It’s definitely something I’d like to keep up, and the team hopes so, as well,” Rowe explained in an interview with MLS.com after the Revs victory over the Red Bulls.
He added: “We want to win, and it’s helping us right now, so as much as I can help the team, I’m happy to do it – whether it be a goal, an assist, even just keeping the ball, I’ll do it.
The U.S. Under-23 National Team playmakers’ effectiveness and youthful enthusiasm has rubbed off on his teammates, and is not lost on new Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps.
“Kelyn is a gamer,” said Heaps in an interview on the official Revolution website.
The manager continued: “He loves to play and I absolutely love that about him. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Monday morning, a Friday night or a Saturday night in front of 10,000 people, he’s on.
“That’s one of the things that we saw when he was at the Combine; that he just loved to play and he sorts out problems on the field. And when he gets near the goal, he’s special.”
The new-look Revolution are off to a 5-0 start in the preseason, and hope to continue their impressive play when they take on Real Salt Lake on Wednesday in the teams’ final round robin game of the Desert Diamond Cup.