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BC’s Reddick a Revs’ SuperDraft target?

Boston College senior Karl Reddick may be a player the New England Revolution will be keeping a close eye on at the 2011 MLS Combine and SuperDraft. According to Reddick’s hometown paper, The Pottstown Mercury, the Revs are among four MLS teams who have expressed interest in the former BC Eagles midfielder.

Reddick, a native of Pottstown, PA., was also reportedly contacted by the Philadelphia Union, Seattle Sounders, and New York Red Bulls. He will get a final chance to showcase his abilities to MLS coaching staffs as one 54 seniors invited to the 2011 MLS Combine taking place from January 7-11 in at Central Broward Regional Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Reddick played 80 matches in his time at Boston College, starting 72. After playing as a striker at Strath Haven High School, Reddick saw most of his time as a defensive midfielder for the Eagles.  Reddick finished his career with four goals and eight assists. The 22-year-old was a co-captain his junior and senior years.

BC made the NCAA Tournament in all four of Reddick’s years at the school, including securing the top seed in his freshman season. He won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season and postseason title with BC in 2007 as a freshman and earned All-ACC second team honors as a junior. BC advanced to the ACC tournament semifinals this year and lost in the NCAA Tournament first round to Brown University.

The Revs could look to draft Reddick to provide competition for Pat Phelan for a spot in central midfield beside captain Shalrie Joseph.

Other local players invited to participate in the 2011 Combine include Dartmouth College midfielder Daniel Keat, Brown midfielder Jon Okafor, University of Connecticut goalkeeper Josh Ford and defender Greg King.

Keat, a New Zealand native, could be another central midfielder of interest for the Revs. The 23-year-old captained New Zealand in the 2007 U-20 World Cup and has trialed with the English Premier League’s Blackburn Rovers in the past. Keat was a unanimous All-Ivy First Team selection this year, an honor he also earned his freshman and junior seasons at Dartmouth. He was an All-Ivy Second Team selection in an injury-plagued sophomore year. He recorded four goals and an assist in 16 matches for Dartmouth this season as they advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Okafor played in 64 games over his college career, tallying 14 goals and 12 assists. The midfielder scored Brown’s first goal in their 2-1 NCAA tournament win over BC this year as they advanced past the Eagles and UConn to reach the third round.

Ford holds several major goalkeeping records for UConn, including shutouts and matches played. The 23-year-old posted an amazing 0.34 goals against average this year, ranking first in the nation, as well as a .897 save percentage, placing him second in the nation, and 11 shutouts. Ford was named to the All-Big East First Team and NCAA All-America Third Team as he helped lead UConn into the NCAA tournament as the 11 seed.

King was an All-Big East Third Team selection. The Australian defender is  a former member of Australia’s U-20 team. The 23-year-old played in 79 matches in his four year career at UConn.

The MLS Combine will be followed by the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, January 13th in Baltimore, Md. The Revs hold the 6th pick in the draft.

What do you think? Would Reddick or any of the other players from New England colleges help the Revs? Leave your comments below.

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