The New England Revolution selected University of San Francisco defender Joshua Smith in the fourth round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft this afternoon. As the 75th overall pick, Smith joins Vermont forward Brian Wright and Kentucky midfielder Napo Matsoso, who were selected as the 20th overall and 31st overall picks respectively last Friday in the MLS SuperDraft.
Smith, 24, was a four-year starter at the University of San Francisco. The defender listed at 6’4” was one of two Dons to start all 16 games in 2016, while his three goals and two assists helped earn him second-team All-WCC honors. The Kaiserslautern, Germany native played two matches prior to missing the remainder of the 2015 season with an injury, but earned Premier Development League All-Western Conference honors while playing with Burlingame Dragons in the offseason.
Good friend of TBM, Hank “Hisco” Alexandre dug up this clip of Smith covering then Stanford Cardinal and current Seattle Sounder/USMNT forward Jordan Morris while Smith was Burlingame of the PDL. (Sorry, we couldn’t embed the GIF)
During the fall 2015 season with San Francisco, Smith suffered a season ending knee injury two games into the college season but was granted a medical redshirt and another year of eligibility by the NCAA.
Prior to joining the Dons, Smith spent time with the United States U-17 Men’s National Team. He also competed in the Bundesliga with the Karlsruher SC Academy’s U-17 and U-19 squads. Smith, who was born in Fort Polk, La., grew up in Germany while his father served in the U.S. Army.