Kelyn Rowe

Kelyn Jaynes Rowe (born December 2, 1991) is an American soccer player who currently plays for New England Revolution in Major League Soccer.

Kelyn Rowe
Kelyn Rowe posing with a fan
Personal information
Full name Kelyn Jaynes Rowe
Date of birth (1991-12-02) December 2, 1991
Place of birth Federal Way, Washington, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
New England Revolution
Number 6
Youth career
2007–2010 Crossfire Premier
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 UCLA Bruins 46 (13)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Washington Crossfire 4 (0)
2012–2018 New England Revolution 206 (29)
2019 Sporting Kansas City 14 (0)
2019Swope Park Rangers (loan) 2 (3)
2019 Real Salt Lake 4 (0)
2019Real Monarchs (loan) 2 (0)
2020– New England Revolution 0 (0)
National team
2008–2010 United States U18 5 (0)
2010–2011 United States U20 6 (3)
2017– United States 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 18, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of January 28, 2018


College and amateur

Rowe appeared as an attacking midfielder for the UCLA Bruins, and was a standout player during his freshman year in 2010, ranking second in the Pac-10 Conference in assists with ten and winning the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award.

Rowe started 21 games for the Bruins in his freshman year in 2010, scoring seven goals and adding ten assists. As well as winning the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award, Rowe was also selected to the All-Pac-10 First-team and Third-team All-American, while leading the Bruins to the Louisville, Kentucky Regional Game in the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Tournament.

Rowe took the spring quarter off at UCLA to train and play with the U.S. U-20 national team full-time.[1] In 2011, Rowe spent the summer on trial with the German Bundesliga club 1. FC Köln before returning to UCLA for his sophomore season.[2]

During Rowe's sophomore campaign he scored six goals and tallied 10 assists during UCLA's run to the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup.


Rowe was drafted 3rd overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, by the New England Revolution. He was listed in January 2012 by ESPN as one of the top 10 American players under 21.[3] He is known for his ball skills and passing ability. He scored his first goal in the 2012 campaign for the New England Revolution in a surprising win over defending MLS Champions the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 on the road.

Rowe won MLS Player of the Week honors for his two-goal performance in a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Union in Week 25 of the 2013 Season.[4]

In June 2018, The Revolution were approached by an unnamed Israeli Premier League club regarding a potential transfer for Rowe, however no deal was made as terms could not be agreed upon by the teams.[5]

On December 18, 2018, Rowe was traded to Colorado Rapids in exchange for Edgar Castillo,[6] then was immediately traded to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for Diego Rubio, $200,000 of General Allocation Money and $100,000 of Targeted Allocation Money.[7]

Rowe was further traded to Real Salt Lake on August 7, 2019.[8]

Rowe was signed as a free agent by the New England Revolution on December 4th, 2019[9].


Rowe played for the U.S. U-18 national team,[10] and the U.S. U-20 national team,[11] starting in all three games, scoring three goals and assisting on one in the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship tournament, while wearing the number 10 jersey.

Rowe was added to the December U-23 Men's National Team training camp roster in 2012.[12]

Rowe was named to the senior national team squad for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[13] He made his debut in a friendly match against Ghana on July 1, 2017,[14] and scored his first goal in a group stage match against Nicaragua on July 15, 2017.

Career statistics

As of February 21, 2019[15][16]
Club Season League Playoffs Cup Continental Total
Washington Crossfire 2011 PDL 4040
New England Revolution 2012 MLS 30311314
2013 33721343812
2014 2755021346
2015 3371010357
2016 33540375
2017 23110241
2018 27110281
Total 20629811360022736
Sporting Kansas City 2019 MLS 0000001010
Career total 21029811361023236

International goals

Scores and results list the United States's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result CompetitionRef
1.July 15, 2017FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, United States Nicaragua2–03–02017 CONCACAF Gold Cup




  1. Mayers, Joshua (April 13, 2011). "Catching up with local product Kelyn Rowe at Sounders camp". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  2. Goff, Steven (February 25, 2011). "Tuesday kickaround: USA vs. Spain, Zak Whitbread, Diego Restrepo, Kelyn Rowe, Eddie Johnson, Barcelona vs. Real Madrid - Soccer Insider". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  3. Jeff Carlisle (January 19, 2012). "U.S. soccer: 10 to watch under 21". ESPN. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  4. "Kelyn Rowe wins MLS player of the week honors". New England Revolution. August 26, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
  5. "Israeli club approached New England Revolution midfielder Kelyn Rowe". Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  9. Sigal, Jonathan (December 4, 2019). "Kelyn Rowe returns to MLS beginnings, signs with New England Revolution". MLS. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  10. "72 Players Invited to US U-18 Camp". Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  11. "Kelyn Rowe". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. Castillo, Arielle (June 28, 2017). "After years passed over, Kelyn Rowe relishes USMNT shot under Bruce Arena". Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  14. Das, Andrew (July 1, 2017). "United States Beats Ghana in a Friendly, as World Cup Auditions Begin". The New York Times. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  15. Kelyn Rowe at Soccerway
  16. Kelyn Rowe at Major League Soccer
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