By Kevin Koczwara
In a move that caught many by surprise, the New England Revolution sent the fourth overall draft selection and allocation money to Toronto FC for the first overall pick on the eve of Thursday’s SuperDraft.
The trade puts the Revs at the top of the draft board for the first time in francise history. The club’s previous high pick was second overall selection in 2002, which they used to draft Taylor Twellman. Twellman went on to become the club’s all-time leading scorer with 101 career goals.
Prior to the trade, many draft pundits were projecting Louisville defender Andrew Farrell as the first overall pick. The club has not announced which player it intends on selecting with the first pick now in their possession.
However, following the conclusion of the 2012 season, head coach Jay Heaps and general manager Mike Burns both highlighted defense as an area the club needed to improve upon.
After the pick, Revolution President Brian Bilello tweeted that he was happy with the aggressive move his front office staff made.
Happy that our guys are being aggressive and making moves. There may not always be a deal to be done but our guys worked hard to find one.
— Brian Bilello (@RevsPrez) January 16, 2013
In addition to the first pick, the Revolution also hold the 21st, 23rd and 36th overall picks.