MLS DRAFT | Neumann Drafted Fourth Overall by Revolution
Published: Friday, January 17, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014 00:01
Georgetown’s own senior forward and captain Steve Neumann was drafted fourth overall by the New England Revolution in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday.
The Revolution acquired the pick from the Columbus Crew on Monday in exchange for United States National Team defender Michael Parkhurst. Parkhurst is returning to the MLS after playing several years in European leagues, and the Revolution would have had exclusive rights to sign the defender. Instead, they traded the rights to Columbus for the fourth overall pick, which enabled them to pick Neumann.
Neumann played in 86 games, including 67 starts, during his four-year career at Georgetown. His 116 career points were the third most in school history and included 41 goals — 14 game winners — and 34 assists. Neumann burst onto the radar of many MLS teams with his 2012 College Cup campaign, where the forward showed his nose for the goal and ability to orchestrate an offense. A hat trick against Maryland in the 2012 National Semifinals was a signature moment for the Pennsylvania native. Neumann entered this past season as a favorite for the Hermann Trophy, an award given to the best college soccer player in the country.
His senior year, however, raised doubts about his ability to make an impact in professional soccer. Draft previews and scouting reports mentioned a lack of athleticism, speed and natural position as concerns. However, his status as the fourth overall draft pick would indicate that his stock did not fall too far.
The Revolution also owned the 11th overall pick in the draft, which they received in a draft-day trade. With the pick, they selected forward Patrick Mullins out of Maryland. Several soccer websites, including goal.com and mlssoccer.com had New England selecting Mullins fourth overall rather than Neumann. In the end, the club ended up with both. Now New England will look to its two new faces to try and replace forward Juan Agudelo, who seems likely to make a move to either the English Premier League or another European circuit.
“It is a great organization, and I am just ready to get started and produce for the fans of New England,” Neumann said in an interview with mlssoccer.com.
Senior midfielder Joey Dillon was not drafted in the first two rounds of the SuperDraft Thursday, despite projections putting him as high as the middle of the first round. Dillon’s chances of playing in the MLS, however, are not over.
Dillon started 82 of the 86 games he played in his career, including every game since 2011. His statistics may not have been flashy but the defensive midfielder was a key part of the Hoya offense.
The third and fourth rounds of the draft will be held next Tuesday and give Dillon another opportunity to be drafted.