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MLS SuperDraft 2021 Brings Depth For Striker, Center Back For Revs

MLS SuperDraft 2021: Round 1, Pick 24

And at the 24th pick in Round 1 of the MLS SuperDraft 2021, the Revolution selected Edward Kizza. Edward is a number 9, positionally, and he consistently finds himself in the right positions to finish crosses. One-timing shots on goal from crosses are something that the team has been missing for the past few years and in Kizza’s three college seasons, his shot on goal percentage was at or above 50 percent.

MLS SuperDraft 2021 Pick 24 for the New England Revolution, Edward Kizza
Credit: Revolution Communications

Kizza played his collegiate soccer at the University of Pittsburgh, although didn’t end up finishing out there. Pittsburgh announced prior to the 2020 Fall season that he would not return. He is a proven goal scorer, showing in 2018 and 2019 while scoring 27 goals between the two years in 38 games played. Also adding in four assists in 2019. If you factor in those two years to a finishing percentage, he finishes 45 percent of his shots on target. Let’s just call a diamond a diamond. If he can translate that scoring power to the MLS then he can be a completely dominating player. His only major issue is his signing uses up an international spot as he is Ugandan.

Bruce’s words say it all, “He’s a strong player and has a history of scoring goals, which we think is an area where we could use some help for sure, as any team.” I’ll put my money up for that jersey right now with that vote of confidence. To add to that, let us show the awards from all three seasons with Pitt.

  • 2019 Scholar All-East Region Team
  • 2019, 2018 All-ACC First Team
  • 2018 All-ACC Academic Team
  • 2017 ACC All-Freshman Team
  • 2017 All-ACC Academic Team
  • 2019, 2018 All-South Region Second Team

Round 2, Pick 51

The 51st overall pick was New England taking their Revolution II signee François Dulysse. Dulysse was signed to Revs II in early December, at the same time as new midfielder Michel from Botafogo U-20. Coach Arena touts the defender as a “very athletic center back”. That’s a position we certainly have cover for on the senior team, but he could certainly steal a chance at earning a spot on the depth chart.

Dulysse has climbed the right ladders to find his way to the MLS. He was a member of the Haitian U-20 roster that played World Cup Qualifiers in 2018. Also, he earned a spot with the Haitian U-23 National Team for their 2019 World Cup Qualifiers. To add to that, he was named to the 2020 Senior Squad for the World Cup Qualifiers that would have happened. Prior to joining up with the Manhattan College, he was at the University of Central Florida, playing his freshman, sophomore, and junior years there. Dulysse has been involved in multiple developmental academies since his high school years. His ability shows through his achievements.

MLS SuperDraft 2021, A Positive Experience

The Revolution has come out of the MLS SuperDraft 2021 a stronger team. Meanwhile, Justin Rennicks and Adam Buksa with some young college legs to help push players to be their best through Kizza. As well, creating a depth position through the Revolution II to the MLS team through Dulysse. His ability will have players realizing there’s someone below them nipping at their heels by François.