KANSAS CITY -- The New England Revolution selected UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe with the third overal pick in the MLS SuperDrafton Thursday, then picked Tyler Polak, a left back from Creighton University, with the 22nd overall pick.On his Twitter account @Krowe210, Rowe posted:Very excited to play for New England Revolution, and thanks to all the Revs fans that have welcomed me already. revsfansbestfansBoth players signed Generation adidas contracts with the league prior to the SuperDraft and have been automatically added to New Englands roster.Were happy with our selections today, said Revolution general manager Michael Burns. To have two picks in the top 22, and to be able to sign two Generation adidas players that can join our roster immediately we feel that it will be beneficial to both us and the players.Rowe, 20, the 2011 Pac-12 Player of the Year as a sophomore, is a two-time All-American and has earned back-to-back all-conference honors. In 2010, he was also the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. He scored six goals and added a conference-leading 10 assists in 2011, finishing his UCLA career with a total of 46 points in 46 games. Rowe was also ranked eighth in assists in NCAA Division I. After making six appearances with the U.S. U-20 National Team, the Federal Way, Wash., product recently earned a call-up to U.S. U23 (Olympic) National Team camp as the squad prepares for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.Polak, 19, is a two-time NSCAA All-Midwest honoree, earning the distinction as both a freshman and sophomore, and started each of his 44 total games played at Creighton. He led the Bluejay defense as it set numerous defensive records, and led the NCAA in shutout percentage and goals against average while allowing only five goals and 2.8 shots on goal per game this season. During his Creighton career, the Lincoln, Neb., native scored three goals and added six assists. Polak has been a member of the U.S. National Team pool at the U14, U17, U18 and U20 levels. After playing every minute during CONCACAF U17 World Cup qualifying, he continued to play every minute for the U.S. during the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria.Rowe is expected to report to the Revolutions training camp later in January, following his training commitment to the U.S. Under-23 squad, which is currently in camp in Southern California. Polak is expected to join the Revs on Monday, when they open camp at Gillette Stadium.
The New England Revolution have acquired defender Benjamin Angoua on loan from EA Guingamp for the 2017 MLS season with the option to transfer permanently following the season. Angoua will be added to the Revolution roster upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.
“With Benjamin’s experience, adding him to the Revolution was an important step for our club this offseason,” Revolution GM Michael Burns said. “We began this offseason with the goal of bringing in veteran players who are ready to contribute right away, so we are very pleased to have Benjamin with us as we head to preseason training in Arizona.”
Angoua, 30, has made a combined 309 appearances across all competitions in France, Hungary, and the Ivory Coast, recording five goals and two assists from the backline. He joins the Revolution after more than two seasons with EA Guingamp (2014-17) and previously played for FC Valenciennes (2010-14), both in France’s top-flight Ligue 1. An experienced defender, Angoua has registered 152 appearances, including 138 starts, in Ligue 1 competition since 2010.
The 6-foot, 160-pound Ivorian international also played with Budapest Honvéd (2006-10) in Hungary’s OTP Bank Liga, and Africa Sports (2004-06) in the Ivory Coast Ligue 1. Angoua has additional experience competing in the UEFA Europa League with both Guingamp and Budapest Honvéd.
At the international level, the Anyama native has recorded 17 caps and registered one goal for the Ivory Coast national team.