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Revs Take Forwards in Supplemental Draft

After passing up on a goalscorer during last week’s SuperDraft, the Revolution selected a pair of forwards, along with a midfielder and defender, during Tuesday’s Supplemental Draft, which was held via conference call.

Foward/midfielder Dawyne Smith (Bethel University), midfielder Alec Purdie (Indiana), defender Kevin Garcia (Villanova) and forward Mike Roach (St. Louis) all had their names called by the Revolution on Tuesday.

Smith was taken 3rd overall after scoring 46 goals and chipping in 39 assists in 77 career games with the Wildcats. The Kinston, Jamaica native was named to the 2011 NAIA Men’s Soccer All-America third team and was also named an NAIA Scholar Athlete in 2011.

Purdie, taken in the second round (22nd overall), scored eight goals and collected five assists for the Hoosiers in 2011. He was invited to the 2012 MLS Combine earlier this month. The 5-10, 165lbs. midfielder started all 22 of Indiana’s games in 2011.

Garcia was taken in the third round (41st overall) and was part of a defensive unit that set a school record by posting nine shutouts on the season. During his Wildcat career, the 6-2, 186 lbs. defender scored six goals in 73 starts.

Roach, a 6-0, 165 lbs. striker who was taken in the fourth round (60th overall), has battled injuries during parts of his collegiate career but managed to notch two goals and rack up four assists in 11 games for the Billikens in 2011. He was the school’s leading scorer in 2009 after scoring 11 goals and adding two assists, but was sidelined for much of 2010 and a part of 2011.

All four are expected to join the team in the coming days. The Revolution travel to Casa Grande, Ariz. on Jan. 21 and will remain there for training and intra-squad scrimmages through Jan. 30.

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