In some respects, a team’s prospects have yet to perform, and some may never get the opportunity to do so for the team that drafted them (see also: certain MLB draftees not getting higher than Double-A or even Single-A ball, late-round NFL draftees not going further than the practice squad, certain NBA draftees stashed in the G League, etc.).
In Major League Soccer, some players do not have the luxury of extended time in the minors, especially if their club doesn’t have an affiliation with a USL Championship club, or own their own USL club. With the way some clubs operate, they’ll give their first-round choices an extra year or two to perform, while others are jettisoned, their positions in the club made redundant after one year in the league.
In other sports — the NFL, for instance — there’s a general three-year waiting period before digging into a team’s draft class and seeing how the team did.
With the added hoops associated with MLS, five years seems fair. So let’s go into the wayback machine to 2014 to see just how the Revolution did.
In January 2014, the Revolution added to what was a 24-man squad and made four selections:
First round, 4, Steve Neumann, F, Georgetown
First round, 11, Patrick Mullins, F, Maryland
Second round, 31, Alec Sundly, M, California
Third round, 50, Pierre Omanga, F, Southern New Hampshire
New England, which did not make a fourth-round selection, made two picks in the first round. Both had differing trajectories in American soccer.