New England Trades Up, Again

New England Trades Up, Again

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 13, 2014
  • 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Features, Michael Parkhurst, Trades

For the second year in a row, Jay Heaps and the New England Revolution have traded up in the MLS SuperDraft. Last year it was all the way to the top pick to land Andrew Farrell. This year, the Revs hope to snag someone at the number four spot as they’ve made a deal with the Columbus Crew.

The Revolution has acquired the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s 2014 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money from the Columbus Crew in exchange for the rights to defender Michael Parkhurst.

Parkhurst, who was a member of the Revolution from 2005 through 2008, appeared in 115 games for the Revs during his four years in Foxborough. He was the 2005 MLS rookie of the year and the 2007 MLS defender of the year before joining Danish Superliga club Nordsjælland in December 2008. A year ago, he moved to German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg. Parkhurst also has earned 23 caps with the U.S. National Team.

You have to like this move for the Crew, who lost defender Chad Marshall earlier this offseason. Parkhurst fills the void there and gives the Crew a true leader in the back again. The move also gets Parkhurst a place to play regular minutes as he competes for a World Cup roster spot with the US.

For the Revs, this was a no brainer type trade to make. But now the question is, who are they trading up to grab? Last year it was obvious but this year not so much. I think it makes sense for them to hope for someone like Patrick Mullins  or even take a gamble on Schillo Tshuma.

When looking at the draft order a couple weeks ago, I always figured the Revs to be a player to trade up. With the fourth overall selection, the Revs now holds three first-round picks in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft – No. 4, No. 12 and No. 19 – as well as one second-round pick and one third-round pick. I don’t think they’re done dealing. Time will tell if they are or not.