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Smith Plucked in Expansion Draft

Seattle Selects Revs' Midfielder; Revs Also Cut Backup 'Keeper Warren

November 26, 2008

Revolution midfielder Khano Smith was chosen by Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS Expansion Draft Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, who spent his entire 4-year career with the club, was one of 10 players chosen by the league’s newest club. He was joined by former teammate, James Riley, who was plucked from the Revs last year by the then-expansion San Jose Earthquakes.

Khano Smith
The Revs' Khano Smith was selected by Seattle in the 2008 Expansion Draft. (Photo credit: Joyce Furia).

In other moves, the Revs also announced that the team has waived goalkeeper Doug Warren and forward Jose Angulo, both of whom were left exposed in Wednesday’s draft.

Smith was originally signed by the Revolution on April 15, 2005, after a stand-out performance against the club in a preseason exhibition match. He made 85 appearances with 54 starts for the Revolution, scoring eight goals and 11 assists in regular-season action.

Smith also made 10 postseason appearances with four starts, and was a member of the New England team that played in the MLS Cup championship match in three straight seasons (2005-07). He scored the series-winning goal against New York in the 2005 Eastern Conference Semifinal Series, capping the Revolution’s comeback from a two-goal deficit, and also assisted on Taylor Twellman’s go-ahead goal in overtime at MLS Cup 2006. He was suspended for both of the Revs’ 2008 playoff games.

Warren, 27, spent the last four seasons with the Revolution as the back-up goalkeeper to Matt Reis. Warren made three MLS appearances in 2008, his only games since joining the Revolution. On Aug. 16, he entered the Revs’ match at San Jose in place of the injured Reis, and then went on to start the next two matches, going 1-0-1. He also made seven starts with the reserves.

Angulo, 20, did not make an appearance with the Revolution after signing with MLS in the fall and being placed on the Revs’ developmental roster.

Chivas USA, the Colorado Rapids, D.C. United, and FC Dallas were the four teams that did not have a player selected in the draft. Each of the 14 teams was allowed to protect 11 players, leaving all others unprotected and available for selection by the Sounders.

Complete 2008 MLS Expansion Draft:
Brad Evans (Columbus Crew)
Nate Jaqua (Houston Dynamo)
Stephen King (Chicago Fire)
Jeff Parke (New York Red Bulls)
James Riley (San Jose Earthquakes)
Khano Smith (New England Revolution)
Jarrod Smith (Toronto FC)
Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake)
Peter Vagenas (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Tyson Wahl (Kansas City Wizards)




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