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Why the Revolution traded up to select Joshua Bolma in the MLS SuperDraft

"This is just surreal that they did that," Bolma said of the Revolution's trade.

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Joshua Bolma playing for Maryland in the 2022 season. Mackenzie Miles/Maryland Terrapins

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The Revolution’s draft-day trade: Heading into Wednesday’s MLS SuperDraft, the Revolution initially held the 10th overall pick in the first round.

But after the draft got underway, New England unveiled a surprise: Trading up to the acquire the fourth pick from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for a combined $250,000 in General Allocation Money.

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With the pick, the Revolution selected 20-year-old midfielder Joshua Bolma from the University of Maryland.

Revolution head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena said the trade was something New England had eyed beforehand, but was ultimately agreed to moments before the pick was made.

“The deals come together when you offer them some money and they make a decision, so that was pretty quick,” Arena explained afterward. “There were two players we were interested in in the first 10 picks. We had the opportunity to move up and that assured us we were going to get one of those players, and that was the case.

“Joshua Bolma is a really good, quick attacking player,” Arena continued. “He can play in a number of positions. We’re going to try him as a No. 8 in the central midfield. It’s one area where we lack speed, is in the central part of midfield, and we wanted to get a player there that could offer us a little more quickness, and Joshua certainly does that.”

Bolma, who was a First Team All-Big Ten player as both a freshman and sophomore prior to declaring for the draft, grew up in Accra, Ghana. He attended the South Kent School prior to his collegiate career, helping the team win a High School National Championship.

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This past season, Bolma notched two goals and eight assists in 20 appearances for Maryland.

“This is just surreal that they did that,” Bolma said of the Revolution’s trade. “I can’t wait to get together with the team, looking forward to it. I’m just ready to be able to do whatever is required to help the club in whichever way possible. I’m super pumped and excited. At the same time, I know it’s going to be a lot of work and a lot of expectations. I’m going to come in and try to do the best I can to be able to live up to those expectations and be able to help the team to get wherever they belong.”

On top of selecting Bolma, the Revolution also picked Boston College defender Victor Souza 39th overall in the second round and University of Virginia defender Andreas Ueland 68th overall in the third round.

New England opens its 2023 MLS regular season on Feb. 25 away at Charlotte FC.

Trivia: What other former Maryland Terrapin was selected second overall by the Revolution in the 2002 SuperDraft?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He won MLS MVP in 2005.

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