FOXBOROUGH — Revolution manager Brad Friedel said midfielder Kelyn Rowe “will get quite a few minutes from here until the end of the season as long as he keeps working hard,” after answering about his substitution patterns Tuesday morning.
Revs fans have had difficulty reconciling the fact that Rowe, a seven-year veteran and 28-goal scorer for New England, has been seemingly overlooked during the past six weeks, with limited run-outs since his last start, a 90-minute job at Minnesota United on July 18. He would play 20 minutes off the bench against New York Red Bulls three days later, would not make the squad against Orlando City, and would have the final 10 minutes against Philadelphia at home two weeks ago.
And with former striker Krsiztian Nemeth exported to Kansas City following the OCSC debacle, it was universally believed by Revs Colony that Rowe, the third overall selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, would get more opportunities to see the field moving forward. Of Rowe’s 18 appearances this season, nine have come in a reserve role.