Revs Add Barrett, Duckett

Defender Bilal Duckett, who’s been in camp on trial with the Revolution, was signed by the club on Monday. The Revolution also signed forward Chad Barrett on Monday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

The New England Revolution shored up roster depth on both ends of the field by signing forward Chad Barrett and defender Bilal Duckett on Monday.

Barrett was selected by the Revolution during Stage 2 of the 2012 Re-Entry Process, and had been in negotiations with the club since December. Duckett trialed with the club last fall, and returned to Foxboro to resume training during the preseason.

“We’re pleased to reach agreements with Chad and Bilal,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “Having faced Chad many times, we’re very aware of the type of competitor he is and the determination he brings to the field, and we’re looking for him to bring that to the field for the Revs now. With Bilal, we’re bringing in a tall, physical defender who gives us depth and versatility along the backline. Having him in camp last fall and this preseason has helped his assimilation into our system.”

Barrett spent a portion of last season with the Los Angeles Galaxy before he being loaned out to Valerenga of Norway’s Tippeligaen. During his eight year career, he has scored 42 goals and collected 27 assists in 192 career appearances with the Chicago Fire(2005-08), Toronto FC (2008-2010) and Los Angeles (2011-12).

Duckett was a regular on the Harrisburg City Islanders back line, and played 19 games for the USL-PRO squad. He was originally drafted in the third round of the 2011 SuperDraft by the Vancouver Whitecaps, and saw action in two games during the 2011 MLS season.

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