A Revolution fan favorite for his work both on and off the field, Kelyn Rowe has established himself as a central figure in the New England attack since joining the club as the third overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Capable of playing centrally or on either wing, Rowe is one of just seven players with 20 goals and 20 assists in a Revolution uniform while also appearing in more than 100 games for the club. Off the field, Rowe is involved with many philanthropic and charitable causes, earning him the club’s Humanitarian of the Year award in 2014 and 2015.
2015: Rowe appeared in 33 games, starting 21 times and tallying seven goals to equal his career-high while adding six assists. His seven goals and six assists left him tied for second on the team in each category; while he was also third on the team in shots on goal with 24. He registered the second multi-goal game of his MLS career in the Revs’ first win of the season, scoring twice in a 2-1 win over San Jose on March 28. Rowe was named the MLS Player of the Week for Week 4 after his performance in that game. He tallied the 20th assist of his MLS career on April 25 against Real Salt Lake, and became the 22nd Revolution player to appear in 100 games against Orlando City on May 8, scoring just 10 minutes after coming on as a substitute. Rowe scored his fourth goal of the season with a late equalizer against Chicago on July 25, before adding his fifth strike, the 20th of his career, in the 3-1 win over Toronto FC in mid-September. With that goal, Rowe became the seventh player in club history with 20 goals and 20 assists. He scored the game-winner in the Revs’ next game against the Red Bulls on September 16, marking the first time Rowe had scored in consecutive games in just over two years. He scored his seventh goal of the season in the Revs’ regular-season finale, tallying New England’s final goal in a 3-1 win over NYCFC. Rowe finished the regular season tied for the team-lead in substitute appearances with 12, while his three goals scored as a substitute led the team. He started in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round defeat to D.C. United and also started in the Fourth Round U.S. Open Cup loss to the Charlotte Independence.
2014: Made 27 appearances and started 21 times for the Revolution, scoring five goals and adding five assists, leaving him second on the team in each category. All five goals and four of his five assists came in the final 15 games of the regular season. Rowe played 90 minutes in the Revs’ season opener against Houston on March 8 but then missed seven of the next eight games because of various hamstring issues before returning to the field on May 11 against Seattle. His first assist of the year came on June 28 when he set up New England’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to Philadelphia. Beginning on July 4, Rowe started 18 of the final 19 games of the regular season, scoring his first goal of the year against Colorado on July 30 at Gillette Stadium. A month later, Rowe had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win at Toronto FC. He added goals at home against Montreal on Sept. 13, at Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 26 and at Montreal on Oct. 11 with the Revs going 4-0-1 when he scored. Between Aug. 23 and Sept. 3, Rowe registered an assist in three consecutive games, which was the first time that he had assist in consecutive games, with the Revs going a perfect 3-0-0 in that time. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Rowe appeared in all five of New England’s games, starting four and tallying one assist. In the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against Columbus, Rowe’s free kick was headed in by Charlie Davies, giving the club a 1-0 lead en route to a 4-2 win. He started that game and each of the next two before coming off the bench in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship against New York. Rowe was back in the lineup for MLS Cup, playing the full 120 minutes. He also made two appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, starting and scoring the game-winning goals in the Fifth Round against Rochester before coming off the bench in the Quarterfinal defeat to Philadelphia. His goal against the Rhinos was the sixth of his career in the Open Cup, leaving him one goal shying of equaling Taylor Twellman’s mark as the club’s all-time leading scorer in the Open Cup.
2013: Rowe made 33 league appearances, including 26 starts, tallying seven goals and a team-high eight assists, including two game-winners. In all competitions, Rowe scored 12 goals and added 10 assists in 38 games. He missed only one game all year – May 18 in a 2-0 win at Houston – due to a calf injury. Rowe collected his first assist of the season in the season opener against Chicago, setting up Jerry Bengtson’s game-winner. Further assists would follow at home against Philadelphia on April 27 and Real Salt Lake on May 8 before Rowe scored his first goal of the season on June 2 in a 5-0 win over the LA Galaxy while also adding two assists in that game, making it the first multi-assist goal of his MLS career. In a five-game span from Aug. 17-Sept. 14, Rowe had a five goals and an assist, getting on the scoresheet in each of the five games. Included in that run was Rowe’s first multi-goal game in an MLS contest as he scored twice in a 5-1 win over Philadelphia. For that performance, Rowe was named the MLS Player of the Week for Week 26 while one of those goals was selected as the MLS Goal of the Week. He had one assist over the final six games of the season, setting up an A.J. Soares goal at home against Columbus on Oct. 19, helping the Revs win 3-2. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Rowe started both legs of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series against Sporting Kansas City, scoring the game-winning goal in the first leg at Gillette Stadium and then setting up Dimitry Imbongo’s goal in the second leg at Sporting Park. Rowe also had a team-best four goals in the U.S. Open Cup to go along with one assist. He had two goals and an assist in the Third Round win over Rochester and then added two more goals in the Fourth Round victory over New York.
2012: Appeared in 30 regular-season games, starting 21 times, during his rookie season with the Revolution. Rowe scored three goals and tied for the team lead with five assists, which were also tied for the most amongst MLS rookies. Rowe made his MLS debut in the season opener at San Jose on March 10 and then scored his first goal in a 3-1 win at the LA Galaxy on March 31. He added a goal and the first assist of his MLS career after coming off the bench in a 2-0 win over Chicago. He scored his third and final goal of the year on Sept. 15 at D.C. United while recording an assist a week later, setting up Darrius Barnes 95th minute equalizer at home against New York on Sept. 22. Rowe scored in the Revs’ U.S. Open Cup Third Round defeat to the USL’s Harrisburg City Islanders while also making four appearances in the MLS Reserve League.
U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
A U.S. youth international, Rowe spent time with the U.S. Under-18, Under-20 and Under-23 teams. He played at the 2011 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in Guatemala, tallying three goals and one assist in two Group Play matches, including both goals in a 2-0 win over Panama.
Rowe spent two years at UCLA, tallying 13 goals and 20 assists and earning a pair of all-conference selections. The Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and an NSCAA All-American in 2010, Rowe had six goals and a conference-leading 10 assists, helping the Bruins reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament by recording a goal and two assists in three tournament games. A year later, Rowe was selected as the 2011 Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year as a sophomore, scoring seven goals and adding 10 more assists, which were the eighth most in the nation. UCLA reached the NCAA College Cup that season, with Rowe scoring in the semifinal against North Carolina, a game that the Bruins would go on to lose on penalties.