Revs acquire fourth pick in Thursday’s 2014 SuperDraft from Columbus

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution 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 holds three first-round picks in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft – No. 4, No. 12 and No. 19 – as well as one second-round pick and one third-round pick.

“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. “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, who was a member of the Revolution from 2005 through 2008, appeared in 115 games for the Revs during his four years in Foxborough. The Cranston, R.I., native was the 2005 MLS rookie of the year and the 2007 MLS defender of the year before joining Danish Superliga club Nordsjælland in December 2008. A year ago, he moved to German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg. Parkhurst also has earned 23 caps with the U.S. National Team.