As quickly as he came into the squad in the middle of the season, he was gone. Rowe was traded to RSL from Sporting Kansas City on August 7, 2019 in hopes of bolstering the midfield as the playoff push was just around the bend. Unfortunately, he never really got the chance to break through in a crowded position as he only saw four appearances for a total of 180 minutes with RSL. He ended up playing more for the Real Monarchs than he did with the first team, starting four games and playing 340 minutes for the USL side.
Rowe’s first appearance for RSL was on August 31 when he made the starting lineup in Portland, logging one shot on goal in his 78 minutes spent on the field at Providence Park. He would start one more game when he got the nod while facing his old club New England, notching two shots on goal but ultimately couldn’t break through. His other two appearances were late game subs that saw him play six minutes each, and that was that.
In early December, it was announced that Rowe would be heading back to the New England Revolution as a free agent as he was out of contract in Salt Lake. Now under Bruce Arena’s control, one would hope that the 28-year-old midfielder can find his place in a consistent starting role at Gillette Stadium after spending just one season away from the Revs as he split the 2019 between SKC and RSL.
“Kelyn is a talented player with valuable experience in this league,” Arena mentioned in a team release, according to MLS Soccer.. “We are pleased to bring him back to New England and look forward to his contributions on and off the field next season.”