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The Revs picked Kelyn Rowe and Tyler Polak with two picks in the top twenty-two overall in the MLS SuperDraft this week. Both were products of the Generation Adidas program. Rowe, an attacking U23 National and UCLA player was selected third overall. Polak was attending Creighton and has been a member of the U.S. National Team pool at the U14, U17, U18 and U20 levels.
The Pacific Northwest native had a prolific career at UCLA where he was a two-time All-American, Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and back-to-back all-conference honors (he was only in the league for two years). Rowe is known for being both prodigious and efficient on the field with 46 points in 46 games over his short-lived career. He’s currently finishing his training with the U.S. U23 National Team as they prepare for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Polak, 19, is a much-needed stalwart defensive force. He anchored a Creighton defense that earned numerous records, including leading the NCAA in shutout percentage and goals against average while allowing only five goals and 2.8 shots on goal per game this season.
Both Rowe and Polak signed Generation Adidas (GA) contracts and were automatically added to the Revs’ roster following the draft. The GA program is designed to fast track young talent by enticing them to leave college early (or bypassing it overall) and enter the MLS SuperDraft. Patrick McCabe, Senior VP and Managing Director of First Wave Sports, as well as a prominent player agent, describes the GA program this way:
“The program is designed to fast track talented select players into the professional game either straight from high school or college. In doing so, it provides incentive laden contracts that would be greater than they might receive if they had completed college. It’s a clear financial incentive for having them either bypass college or leave college early.”
Players that sign GA contracts are given 10 years to finish their education to receive reimbursement from the league.