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Who’s the best Revs GM? A look at New England Revolution Draft History 2001-2013

Mike Burns, Revolution GM

Mike Burns, New England Revolution GM, 2009 – present

With today’s MLS SuperDraft, I was curious how the revs have done in their recent draft history so did a quick analysis of SuperDraft and Supplemental draft pick success from 2000 onward. Source.

Craig Tornberg

Craig Tornberg Revolution GM 2003-8

I defined “success” by noting players that played at least 2 or more seasons for the revs, analyzing each draft class on its own. I then compared Smith (2001-2) , Tornberg (2003-8) to the Burns era (2009-present) to see who was the better GM. For the sake of argument, I excluded the revs’ first GM, Brian O’Donovan (1995-2000) because the ’96 draft skews his numbers.

Here are my findings…

2001 (1 for 5)

  • Nick Downing (2001-3)

2002 (3 for 6)

  • Taylor Twellman (2002-9)
  • Shalrie Joseph (2003-12)
  • Marshall Leonard (2002-7)

End of Todd Smith Era (4 for 11 = 36% success rate).

2003 (1 for 2)

  • Pat Noonan (2003-7)

2004 (2 for 3)

  • Clint Dempsey (2004-6)
  • Andy Dorman (2004-7, 2013-)

Start of Supplemental Draft Era

2005* (4 for 6, *drafts from here onward include sup draft)

  • Michael Parkhurst (2005-8)
  • James Riley (2005-7)
  • Tony Lochhead (2005-7)
  • Jeff Larentowicz (2005-9)

2006 (0 for 6)

2007 (3 for 9)

  • Wells Thompson (2007-9)
  • Amaechi Igwe (2007-9)
  • Adam Cristman (2007-8)

2008* (3 for 9)

  • Mike Videira (2009-10)
  • Kheli Dube (2008-11)
  • Chris Tierney (2008 -)

*Note, Rob Valentino was on the revs 2008-9 but failed to make an appearance, so I’ve excluded him from the “success” category of this draft class.

End of Craig Tornberg era (13/35 = 37% draft success rate)

Start of the Mike Burns era… (2009-present)

2009 (2 for 7)

  • Kevin Alston (2009-)
  • Darrius Barnes (2009-)

2010 (3 for 5)

  • Seth Sinovic (2010-11)
  • Zack Schilawski (2010-11)
  • Zak Boggs (2010-12)

2011 (2 for 8) – *this and subsequent draft calculations do not include re-entry draft picks.

  • AJ Soares (2011-)
  • Stephen McCarthy (2011-)

2012 (2 for 6)

  • Kelyn Rowe (2012-)
  • Tyler Polak (2012-)

2013 (3 for 8)

  • Andrew Farrell (2013-)
  • Donnie Smith (2013-)
  • Luis Soffner (2013-)

12 / 34 = 35% success rate under Burns for players with at least 2 seasons on the revs’ roster. So Tornberg and Smith had better success rates than Burnsie which confirmed my gut, although it was closer than I thought.

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