The Revolution announced that the team has acquired the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s 2014 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money from the Columbus Crew in exchange for the rights to defender Michael Parkhurst.
With the fourth overall selection, the Revolution now has three first-round picks in the draft -- No. 4, No. 12 and No. 19. They also have one second-round pick (No. 31 overall) and one third-round pick (No. 50).
“We certainly value Michael as a player having had him with us six seasons ago, but this trade provided us too much to pass up,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a press release announcing the deal. “This deal provides us with a significant amount of flexibility, both for our salary cap and our roster, and allows us to make additional moves to continue improving our roster.”
Parkhurst, a Cranston, R.I. native, was a member of the Revolution from 2005 through 2008 and appeared in 115 games for the Revs. He joined Danish Superliga club Nordsjælland in December 2008 and last year moved to German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg.