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  6. article_body => "<p>The New England Revolution found their man near the top of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.<\/p>\n<p>The Revs <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/MLS\/status\/1215332505429127168\" target=\"_blank\">selected Virginia defender Henry Kessler<\/a> with the No. 6 overall pick in Thursday's draft.<\/p>\n<p>And according to head coach Bruce Arena, the team is quite pleased with its choice.<\/p>\n<p>\"He was absolutely our first choice of player to have. If [we] picked number one, we would've picked him,\" Arena said.&nbsp;\"We were excited. We were a little concerned after the first two picks. He could've gone at three, four, or five. We were trying to move up in the draft as well, but that didn't happen. We were very fortunate he was available at number six and we jumped on it immediately.<\/p>\n<p>\"He's a player that we think has great potential. He has good size for a defender, is smart, good communicator on the field, good passer of the ball, knows how to step into the midfield and win tackles. We think he's a player with a lot of potential.\u201d&nbsp;<\/p>\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Just chatted with Bruce Arena, who said the <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/NERevs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#NERevs<\/a> actually tried to trade up to select Henry Kessler but couldn&#39;t get a deal done, so they were thrilled he was still on the board at No. 6.<br><br>&quot;He was our number one choice all along.&quot;<br><br>Much more coming later today.<\/p>&mdash; Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/jeff_lemieux\/status\/1215347810276708353?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">January 9, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n \n<p>Kessler, 21, was a semifinalist in 2019 for the&nbsp;MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the top college player in the country.<\/p>\n<p>The New York native started in 24 games for the Cavaliers and led a defense that finished tied for first in the nation in fewest goals allowed per game (0.53).<\/p>\n<p class=\"wysiwyg-center\"><strong><em><a href=\"https:\/\/smart.link\/5bb76e2c06579?site_id=Dig_RSN_Bos&amp;creative_id=nbcsbos1938&amp;cp_4=stream.nbcsports.com&amp;cp_1=rsn&amp;cp_2=nba-celtics-live-stream&amp;cp_3=nbcsbos1938\">LIVE stream the Celtics all season<\/a>&nbsp;and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston&nbsp;<a href=\"https:\/\/smart.link\/5bb76e2c06579?site_id=Dig_RSN_Bos&amp;creative_id=nbcsbos1075&amp;cp_4=www.nbcsports.com&amp;cp_1=washington&amp;cp_2=myteams-nbc-sports&amp;cp_3=nbcsbos1075\">by downloading the My Teams App<\/a>.<\/em><\/strong><\/p>\n<p>He was named to the All-ACC first team and helped Virginia reach the NCAA title game, where it lost to Georgetown in penalty kicks.<\/p>\n<p>The Revs then shook things up a bit by trading their No. 13 overall pick to Nashville FC for up to $100,000 in general allocation money.<\/p>\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">Details: <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/NERevs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#NERevs<\/a> receive $50k in General Allocation Money and $50k in conditional General Allocation Money <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/u46dsPozMD\">pic.twitter.com\/u46dsPozMD<\/a><\/p>&mdash; New England Revolution (@NERevolution) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/NERevolution\/status\/1215350240955355136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">January 9, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n \n<p>New England had two picks in the second round and selected Cal defender Simon Lekressner at No. 30 overall and High Point&nbsp;goalkeeper Keegan Meyer at No. 43 overall.<\/p>\n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/NERevs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#NERevs<\/a> select defender Simon Lekressner from the University of California with the 4th pick of the second round (30th overall) in the 2020 <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/MLS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@MLS<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/SuperDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#SuperDraft<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/urTc0I6tVl\">pic.twitter.com\/urTc0I6tVl<\/a><\/p>&mdash; New England Revolution (@NERevolution) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/NERevolution\/status\/1215355454097960960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">January 9, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n \n<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"><a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/NERevs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#NERevs<\/a> select goalkeeper Keegan Meyer with the 17th pick in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2020 <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/MLS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@MLS<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/hashtag\/SuperDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">#SuperDraft<\/a>, presented by <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/adidassoccer?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">@adidassoccer<\/a> <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/w7zwfXwOJc\">pic.twitter.com\/w7zwfXwOJc<\/a><\/p>&mdash; New England Revolution (@NERevolution) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/NERevolution\/status\/1215361502267543560?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">January 9, 2020<\/a><\/blockquote>\n<script async src=\"https:\/\/platform.twitter.com\/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"><\/script>\n \n<p>Rounds three and four of the MLS SuperDraft will be held on Monday.<\/p>\n<p>Here's a recap of the Revs' activity Thursday:<\/p>\n<p><strong>FIRST ROUND<\/strong><br><strong>No. 6 overall:&nbsp;<\/strong>Henry Kessler, D, Virginia<\/p>\n<p><strong>SECOND ROUND<\/strong><br><strong>No. 30 overall:&nbsp;<\/strong>Simon Lekressner, D, Cal<br><strong>No. 46 overall:<\/strong> Keegan Meyer, GK, High Point<\/p>\n"
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The New England Revolution found their man near the top of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

The Revs selected Virginia defender Henry Kessler with the No. 6 overall pick in Thursday's draft.

And according to head coach Bruce Arena, the team is quite pleased with its choice.

"He was absolutely our first choice of player to have. If [we] picked number one, we would've picked him," Arena said. "We were excited. We were a little concerned after the first two picks. He could've gone at three, four, or five. We were trying to move up in the draft as well, but that didn't happen. We were very fortunate he was available at number six and we jumped on it immediately.

"He's a player that we think has great potential. He has good size for a defender, is smart, good communicator on the field, good passer of the ball, knows how to step into the midfield and win tackles. We think he's a player with a lot of potential.” 

Kessler, 21, was a semifinalist in 2019 for the MAC Hermann Trophy, given to the top college player in the country.

The New York native started in 24 games for the Cavaliers and led a defense that finished tied for first in the nation in fewest goals allowed per game (0.53).

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He was named to the All-ACC first team and helped Virginia reach the NCAA title game, where it lost to Georgetown in penalty kicks.

The Revs then shook things up a bit by trading their No. 13 overall pick to Nashville FC for up to $100,000 in general allocation money.

 

New England had two picks in the second round and selected Cal defender Simon Lekressner at No. 30 overall and High Point goalkeeper Keegan Meyer at No. 43 overall.

Rounds three and four of the MLS SuperDraft will be held on Monday.

Here's a recap of the Revs' activity Thursday:

FIRST ROUND
No. 6 overall: Henry Kessler, D, Virginia

SECOND ROUND
No. 30 overall: Simon Lekressner, D, Cal
No. 46 overall: Keegan Meyer, GK, High Point