Friday, September 30 2022

Behind the obvious team stars, the Revs secured strong value on the roster of a handful of youngsters. In particular, under Arena, the Revs have shown that there is still a lot of value to be found in SuperDraft, although some teams see it as an afterthought amid the growing success of MLS academies.

Tajon Buchanan went from an intriguing youngster to a must-see talent, MLS All-Star, starting out for the Canadian national team and was the subject of a $ 7 million transfer to a league team. champions (Belgium’s Club Brugge) in less than two years. He was selected No. 9 in the overall SuperDraft 2019 standings.

Buchanan didn’t play a ton in his rookie season, contributing two assists in 10 appearances (four starts), then entered the regular rotation in the 2020 regular season. He scored two goals and two assists. decisive in its 23 matches (11 starts). This year it absolutely exploded as its final product developed. Buchanan has 8g / 5a in 26 appearances (18 starts) as he looks to win another trophy in New England before heading to Europe in January.

“He’s come a long way,” Arena said Wednesday, thinking of Buchanan. “I remember telling him at the end of 2019, I was on the pitch with him one day in training at the end of the year, and I said, ‘Tajon, there’s no reason to believe that you can’t play on our squad on a regular basis next year. I could see the talent he had, it just wasn’t coming together and there was still some way to go, but you could see the potential he had as a player. “

The player chose the No. 11 in this same draft? DeJuan Jones. The winger-turned-full-back quickly earned a spot on the squad in his first year and is now a key cog in that winning Shield team, with three goals and five assists in 30 appearances. Between Gil and the 2019 SuperDraft duo, the previous diet clearly left the current group with a few basics.

In Arena’s first draft as Revs sporting director, the club landed Henry Kessler No.6 overall in 2020. The center-back immediately won a starting role under Arena, which usually relies on veterans, such is the talent and maturity of Kessler. He also played for the United States Under-23 National Team and … blah blah blah because he’s also responsible for one of the league’s best moments this season.


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