By Kevin Koczwara
Baltimore, Md. — The New England Revolution selected The University of North Carolina midfielder Stephen McCarthy in the second round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. The 6 ft. 4in. midfielder adds another big, strong body to the Revs midfield that already includes Shalrie Joseph and Pat Phelan.
The 22-year-old didn’t have any prior contact with the Revolution before the selection, but McCarthy is excited about the chance to play for New England and make an impact.
“I didn’t know ahead of time. Surprised, but super happy. [The Revs are an] amazing organization and I can’t wait to get there,” said McCarthy. “This was the first time I talk to them [Steve Nicol and the rest of the Revolution staff].”
The ACC is one of the toughest leagues in college soccer, and McCarthy’s experience playing in such a tough division should do him well as he tries to adapt to the speed of the MLS.
“It’s definitely a battle every week in the ACC. Every team can beat any other team, so that could do nothing but help,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy could jump right into the Revolution’s starting XI if injuries and suspensions take the same kind of toll they did last season for the Revs, but he will need time to fit into the Revs game plan and the pace of the pros. “I think it’s going to take a little time to get use to the speed and the league,” says McCarthy.
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