January 13, the New England Revolution selected five American players in the MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore, Maryland. With their first pick, New England chose defender A.J. Soares (first round, sixth overall) from California, then midfielder Stephen McCarthy (second round, 24th overall) and forwards Steven Perry (third round, 39th overall), Ryan Kinne (third round, 42nd overall), and Alan Koger (third round, 56th overall).
Click here to view the slideshow of the Revolution’s 2011 draft picks.
Soares and McCarthy signed contracts with MLS before the draft and will automatically be added to the Revolution’s roster, while Perry, Kinne and Koger will be invited to New England’s preseason training camp.
This week, the Revolution also signed French defender Didier Domi to occupy one of their eight international roster spot.
The Revolution have a tendency to put their draft picks right to work and last year rookies Seth Sinovic and Zach Schilawski ranked seventh and tenth in rookie minutes registering 1,252 and 1,194, respectively. Both players appear poised to enter their second season with the team, and 2010 draft picks Zak Boggs and Jason Griffiths might also see another season.
2011 Revolution draft picks
DOB: Nov. 28, 1988 (San Diego, Calif.)
Hometown: Solanda Beach, Calif.
Youth Club: Surf Club
Selected in the first round (sixth overall)
Soares, 22, earned 2010 NSCAA First-Team All-America honors and was the Pac-10 Player of the Year. In 2010, he captained the Golden Bears, who allowed just 17 goals in 20 games and Soares scored five goals and adding one assist. Overall, Soares scored 10 goals and added four assists in 77 matches in which he appeared.
DOB: July 21, 1988 (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
College: North Carolina
Youth Club: Dallas Texans
Selected in the second round (24th overall)
McCarthy, 22, was an all-region selection in 2010 at North Carolina after starting 17 of the 18 games in which he appeared. He helped lead the Tar Heels to the 2010 NCAA national semifinal, where he scored the team’s lone goal in the 2-1 loss. McCarthy transferred to Carolina in January 2009, after spending the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 (medical redshirt) seasons at Santa Clara, starting all but one game in which he appeared. He had 10 goals and three assists in his career between the two schools.
DOB: September 7, 1988
Hometown: Edmond, Okla.
College: Notre Dame
Youth Club: Padova ‘89
Selected in the third round (39th overall)
Perry, 22, scored 12 goals and added four assists in 20 matches for the Fighting Irish in 2010. He earned All-Big East honors and was a second-team all-region selection. Perry appearing in 65 matches while scoring 15 goals and adding eight assists.
DOB: August 31, 1989
Hometown: Naugatuck, Connecticut
Youth Club: South Central Premier/New York Red Bulls U-23
Selected in the third round (42nd overall)
Kinne, 21, was an NSCAA All-American, Hermann Trophy semifinalist and Northeast Conference player of the year in both his junior and senior seasons at Monmouth. In 77 career games, he scored 35 goals, including 12 as a senior, and added 21 assists, including six as a senior.
DOB: Sept. 23, 1987
Hometown: Spencer, Va.
College: William & Mary
Youth Club: Greensboro Soccer Club
Selected in the third round (56th overall)
Koger, 23, was an all-region selection at William & Mary after scoring 10 goals in 22 matches in 2010. He scored 29 goals in his four-year career for the Tribe after redshirting his freshman season.
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