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Revs Select Smith, Spencer at 21 & 23

After making splash by selecting Andrew Farrell first overall, the Revolution selected UNC-Charlotte midfielder Donnie Smith and Xavier forward Luke Spencer with the 21st and 23rd picks, respectively.

Smith, a left-sided midfielder, scored four goals and added four assists in his senior year with the 49ers. According to scouting reports, the 5-11, 158lbs. prospect is a pure winger who can also play left back as well and doesn’t hesitate to take on a defender.

“I met with Jay Heaps and his staff at the Combine,” Smith said in a release from the team. “I really liked them and we had a great conversation. New England was a place I really hoped I’d get drafted. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity.”

The Revolution acquired the 21st pick from Chivas USA for Shalrie Joseph on Aug. 1, 2012. New England also received allocation money and midfielder Blair Gavin in the trade.

Spencer, a target forward, scored 14 goals and tallied 8 assist in 22 games for the Muskateers in 2012. Prior to the draft, scouts marveled at 6-2, 198lbs. prospect’s skill with his back to the goal and hold up play, as well as his ability to put together a few moves inside the box.

“I’m so thankful,” Spencer said in a release from the team. “I wasn’t expecting to be taken in the SuperDraft to be honest. I thought I was more a Supplemental (Draft) guy. I want to thank my coaches and teammates at Xavier, and my family most of all for being there my whole playing career. I’m really just thankful. I was really excited when I went to the Revolution’s own combine and showed well.”

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