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Is Josh Smith a viable center back partner for Antonio Delamea?

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MLS: New England Revolution at Portland Timbers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

A fourth round SuperDraft pick out of the University of San Francisco, Josh Smith exceeded expectations when he earned a contract with the Revolution.

One month later, Smith exceeded expectations again when he made his MLS debut against the Portland Timbers. The six-foot-four center back held his own against Fanendo Adi & Co., flashing confidence and grit during the 1-1 draw.

To earn the start, Smith beat out Benjamin Angoua, whose early-season performance has been overshadowed by a pair of defensive miscues.

Suddenly, Jays Heaps has a lineup controversy on his hands. While Angoua likely represents the short-term center back partner for Antonio Delamea, Smith used Sunday’s match to petition for more minutes in Angoua’s place.

Can Smith unseat the Ligue 1 loanee as a top-choice center back?

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