You might be seeing a lot of former Charlotte 49er soccer standout Donnie Smith on a MLS pitch this season. That’s because the New England Revolution have signed him to a contract, it was announced on Wednesday.
Smith got some high praise from The Bent Musket, SBNation’s New England Revolution blog, the other day:
Smith, in particular, showed very well in the pre-season matches he participated in. His speedy wing play provides a remedy to a Revolution attack that was diagnosed with a severe lack of width after last season.
Revs GM Michael Burns also had good things to say about Smith, commenting on his “unique combination of tremendous speed and wide play on the left side.”
Smith is set to be the fourth Niner to record an appearance with an MLS club. Former goalkeeper Jon Busch is currently the starter with the San Jose Earthquakes, while Mac Cozier and Floyd Franks recorded a combined 31 appearances with their respective sides.
We’ll keep an eye on Donnie’s progress throughout the season and keep you posted on how he’s doing. (By the way, he’ll be wearing number 33.) The Revs begin play next Saturday as they visit the Chicago Fire.