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Revolution drafts two forwards in first round of MLS Super Draft

Steve Neumann, left, shakes hands with Commissioner Don Garber after being selected by the New England Revolution during the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Steve Neumann was introduced as the fourth pick in the MLS Super Draft by commissioner Don Garber.AP

The Revolution looked to bolster their offense in Thursday’s MLS Super Draft, selecting two collegiate all-conference forwards.

With the fourth overall pick, the Revolution selected Georgetown’s Steven Neumann. The 6-foot forward is the reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Year and led the league with 7 goals in nine games. Overall, he had 10 goals and 6 assists for 26 points, tops among conference players.

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The Revolution had acquired the No. 4 pick from Columbus in exchange for the rights to defender Michael Parkhurst.

“I think they really value me as a player, which is something that, going into the draft, I wanted the right fit and I think New England really has that,” Neumann said in a conference call. “I know the Revs have had a lot of young guys producing on the field in this past year and I think that’s definitely something I’m aspiring to come in and make an impact right away.”

The Revolution also held the 12th and 19th picks but traded them to Colorado for the 11th pick, which they used on Maryland forward Patrick Mullins. The 6-1 forward led the Terrapins to the 2013 NCAA College Cup final with 5 goals and 2 assists in the playoffs, though his team fell in the championship game, 2-1, to Notre Dame.

Mullins led Maryland in goals (19), assists (8), and points (46) in his senior season, and finished his career with 47 goals and 25 assists in four years. Earlier this week, he won his second straight Hermann Trophy as the top player in NCAA Division 1 soccer.

“I think my motivation when I go into camp is to be the best player I can be,” Mullins said in a conference call. “I believe that my skill and what I do well will translate to the next level and I’m excited to prove that.”

In the second round, the Revolution took University of California defensive midfielder Alec Sundly with the 31st pick. Sundley had 9 goals in his senior season, including three game-winners. The 6-foot native of Capistrano Beach, Calif., was second-team All-Pac-12.

With the first overall pick in the draft, the Philadelphia Union traded up to take University of Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake.

The final two rounds of the draft, which is being held in Philadelphia, will be Tuesday. The Revolution are scheduled to pick 12th in the third round (50th overall) and do not have a fourth-round pick.

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