The New England Revolution selected 22-year-old center back A.J. Soares with the sixth pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. (Courtesy Major League Soccer)
By Kevin Koczwara
The New England Revolution allowed a league leading 50 goals in the 2010 Major League Soccer season, and had a minus-18 in goal differential. Injuries plagued the team, and Steve Nicol shifted the squad almost every game, trying to find the perfect fit. It proved especially difficult for a team without a true identity or a true goalscorer, and a battered and bruised bunch playing out of position because there just weren’t enough bodies left on the bench.
At 9-16-5 (31 points) the Revolution missed out on the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in nine years, and it became clear in the Revolution’s 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls in the last game of the season that New England needed to make some big moves, starting with the MLS SuperDraft.
With the sixth pick in the draft, the Revolution selected A.J. Soares, a 22-year-old central defender from the University of California.