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Revolution Sign Rookie Center Back Joshua Smith

Towering defender will add defensive depth following strong preseason showing.

In five years at San Francisco, Joshua Smith made 71 appearances, including 70 starts, and recorded five goals.
Credit: University of San Francisco

The Revolution have added a 6-foot-4 defender to its back line.

Joshua Smith, selected 75th overall in the 2017 SuperDraft, officially joined the club on Wednesday following four seasons at the University of San Francisco.

The Fort Polk, La. native stood out from a crowded group of trialists during the preseason while logging 297 minutes of action. He added a goal during a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.

In the end, no other trialist—including a handful of former first-round picks—latched on with the Revolution.

“I’m thankful to be in this environment. I’m a competitor, so I want to compete and work hard,” Smith said in a team report.

For the 24-year-old defender, this commitment proved integral from day one.

“I must say, the first couple days were really rough,” he said. “The speed—I mean, these guys are phenomenal. You play with players like Lee (Nguyen), like Kei (Kamara), like Chris Tierney; catching up, getting up to speed (was difficult).”

Over the coming weeks, Smith will settle into his role as a depth defender behind starters Benjamin Angoua and Antonio Delamea and role players London Woodberry and Je-Vaughn Watson. Smith has already embraced this role.

“I’m a rookie, and my [role] is to learn and keep improving on and off the field,” Smith said. “(I’ll) give everything to my teammates, to this great organization, and most importantly, to the fans.”

After making 70 starts for the University of San Francisco, Smith will work toward a new goal: making his first start in Major League Soccer.