Revolution

Sweeney: Regardless of your opinion of SuperDraft, there is plenty of value on the board for rounds 3 & 4

Major League Soccer will wrap up the 2019 edition of SuperDraft with the third and fourth rounds starting at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon. As in past years, this will be done by conference call and should not take more than a couple of hours.

The Revolution are scheduled to make two picks today: 57th overall (ninth pick of the third round) and 81st overall (ninth pick of the fourth round). The Revs already selected Tajon Buchanan with the ninth overall selection Friday, followed by DeJuan Jones two picks later.

Players selected in these rounds may only see time during this summer’s U.S. Open Cup competition instead of league minutes. For example: Revs fourth-round pick Nico Samayoa started as the club’s right center back against Louisville City on June 5 last year, and it was his only playing time in a New England shirt.

While many consider these rounds to be worthless, a team that makes an extended run in The Cup can use these picks to give the usual first-teamers at certain positions a breather for those mid-week clashes. At any rate, clubs are prepared for that inevitability with these picks.

Many Revolution fans — heck, MLS fans as a whole — do not consider the draft to be worth much; Philadelphia traded its entire 2019 draft to Cincinnati, Mike Ditka style, late Wednesday. Their arguments are sound. I won’t argue that. They also argue that with MLS Academies producing more talent, that clubs should concentrate more on developing players there. That is fair.

However, it is also short-sighted.