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Harrisburg’s Duckett to Train with Revs

Harrisburg City Islanders defender Bilal Duckett will join the Revolution for training this week. (Photo: Derek Meluzio)

It appears the Revolution will welcome a new face for training this week.

Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-PRO) defender Bilal Duckett, who played for Vancouver in 2011, will train with the Revolution this week according to a report from 

Duckett, 23, played in four games (two starts) with the Whitecaps last season before the club waived him in November. The 6-2 right back, who also played centrally and out on the left during his stay in Vancouver, signed a deal with Harrisburg prior to the start of the 2012 season, and went on to score a goal to go along with a pair of assists in 19 games for the City Islanders.

Duckett played the entirety of the Harrisburg’s dramatic May 23rd Open Cup tie against the Revolution, and converted his club’s third penalty attempt to help lead his club to the upset win.

With a reserve game on tap for the Revolution on Friday, Duckett may find a greater opportunity to showcase his form in front of the coaching staff given the injuries and schedule congestion the club has endured during the last two weeks.


  1. Jim

    September 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Interesting. Thank you, NE Soccer Today, for the update!

    So Positives:

    – We are shopping & scouting early (pre off-season)

    – This guy is young, has some MLS experience, and will provide much needed depth at the back line

    – I assume the interest stems from seeing him in action against the Revs – he must have impressed.


    He could end up like BB, Lozano, ‘Our new no. 9’, Jeremiah White, That striker from Denmark who played for Fulham (Was he from Denmark?) – basically, he could continue the trend of seemingly ineffective signings & poor talent evaluations.

  2. Brian

    September 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I presume would be a potential replacement for flo I the offseason? I am curious, what has happened with polak this season? How has he looked in reserve games? Have they been reluctant to play him in regular season games to extend gen adidas status,I remember vaguely there being some rule depending on the number of games how long it lasted? Also I know he is a left back and duckett mostly a right back but with Alston proving he can do both, have the revs done anything similar with polak to expand his versatility?


  3. Chris B

    September 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Meh. A) Probably won’t be signed. B) If so, wouldn’t play much.

    However, I really hope they don’t plan on dumping Flo, he’s been great as of late, proving (to me at least) that his early defensive issues were just problems in adjusting to MLS. Plus, he’s very likeable/experienced and his long throw ins wreaked havoc on the Crew all night!

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