After playing over 200 games in MLS, Kelyn Rowe might get to do something he has never done before in his career. Rowe has played against every team in the league, with one notable exception. When the New England Revolution face Sporting Kansas City Saturday night, there is a good chance Rowe will complete the set.
“It’s weird,” Rowe told The Blue Testament. “I’ve obviously been with one club for most of my career and then getting to come here as the second. I’ve never played against the Revolution in an actual match so it’s going to be a weird one. I’ve played with some of these players for five, six, some of them seven years.”
“There is going to be a little bit of excitement, it’s a cool moment getting to play against a former club that I’ve been with for a long time."
Rowe has played sparingly for his new team so far as he gets used to Sporting KC but with SKC’s injury troubles, Rowe is a likely to either start or come off the bench to face his former team. Midfielders Roger Espinoza is out and Ilie Sanchez is questionable.
“It’s the hardest thing in sports. We are obviously a very good team and a very good team off the field as well in the sense of how close we are,” Rowe explained. “When you have these injuries you almost feel bittersweet that you are getting more playing time or less time because you are injured. It’s hard but we are so good about being good teammates in that sense. I want to play as much as I can, its obviously not great the way that happens sometimes but I am hoping I find my way into the starting lineup and continue to make an impact each time I come in off the bench.”
As Rowe had said, he has been friends with many of the players for years. It would not be unusual for friends to give each other a little extra nudge when competing with one another but Rowe didn’t plan on giving any to his old friends. “I might get a few from a few of them,” Rowe laughed. “It’s a game and we’ve played against each other and we’ve taken knocks from each other over the years.”
“It will be a hit and a help up.”