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New England aiming high with No. 3 pick in SuperDraft

New England's Brian Bilello, Jay Heaps, Michael Burns

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LAUDERHILL, Fla. – New England coach Jay Heaps said he believes the Revolution can land a potential contributor with the third selection in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft.

“We have the No. 3 pick and we believe it's a very strong draft,” Heaps told MLSsoccer.com earlier this week.

Heaps and the rest of the Revolution technical staff spent the weekend running the rule over several possible selections during the MLS Player Combine as they prepared to use their currently assembled pair of picks (third and 22nd overall).

The demanding nature of the combine sometimes makes it difficult for players to show their true abilities, but the fare offered on the field over the past few days at Central Broward Regional Park provided some evidence for the Revs to work with as they ponder their SuperDraft options.

Revolution general manager Michael Burns indicated that the club will review the scouting work done during the college season and weigh the performances submitted over the past week in order to plot out their approach.

“For me, the combine has gone the way I expected it to go,” Burns said. “You have to do your homework before the combine and this will obviously verify some of the thoughts the staff has.”

Those observations could lead to another pair of additions in a week already filled with roster moves or pave the way for a SuperDraft-altering trade. Even if the Revs supplement the arrivals of Colombian duo Fernando Cárdenas and John Lozano on Monday with a pair of selections in the two-round SuperDraft, the search for further signings isn't complete, according to Heaps.

“We want to add a player from here – and maybe two, because we have the high second-round pick as well,” Heaps said. “But, in the end, [it isn't over] because we've signed a couple of players. We are actively, actively looking for more. We want goal-scorers. We want guys who are going to put the ball in the back of the net.”