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Boot Room Breakdown: Kelyn Rowe


Kelyn Rowe | "Little Dempsey" | New England Revolution

Kelyn Rowe

  • DOB December 2, 1991
  • Age 22
  • Place of birth Federal Way, Washington
  • POSITION Midfielder
  • HEIGHT 5'8"
  • WEIGHT 150
  • U.S. CAPS 0
  • CLUB New England Revolution
  • TWITTER @KRowe210 (4.83K followers)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 43
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 46
  • Youth Experience U-18, U-20

Kelyn Rowe is young, but he looks to have the whole package. He's fast and fearless, with a lethal shot from distance and a good ability to spread creative passes around the field. Although the former UCLA Bruin needs seasoning, playing time, and more experience, he is on his way to an impressive career.

Rowe started as a freshman and trained in Germany during the summer of 2011. He hoped to land on a team but ended up returning to school for his sophomore campaign. Afterward, he signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS, which he always knew was a possibility. "I want as many options as possible. If I can't make it with a European team, and all the leagues in Europe are very hard to get to, I would definitely love to come back here and play in MLS. I'm never counting that out at all," he said before going to Europe in 2011.

Rowe made an impact in his rookie year after the New England Revolution drafted him with the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 SuperDraft. Although the team struggled, the attacking midfielder showed his class and his boldness, impressing coach Jay Heaps and proving he can be part of a young Rev's nucleus.

On the national team front, Rowe played with the U-18 squad and was a key member of the U-20 team that failed to qualify for the 2011 World Cup. He didn't make the U-23 team that tried to reach the Olympics, but Caleb Porter called him into camp before the tournament. Rowe isn't quite ready for the big time, but he's getting closer and closer.—NOAH DAVIS

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