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Revolution draft aids defense

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / January 14, 2011

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The Revolution continued to rebuild from the back in yesterday’s MLS SuperDraft. The Revolution selected central defender A.J. Soares with the sixth pick, two days after announcing the signing of French left back Didier Domi.

Soares, 22, helped California reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament and was the Pac-10 player of the year.

Soares was a forward growing up in San Diego, moving to defender as a college freshman.

“For me, I would do anything to get on the field and they moved me [to defender] when I first got there and it was the right thing to do,’’ Soares said.

“I like putting a hit on and making a stop as much as [playing in an attacking role]. It’s the same thing with the Revolution, I’ll do anything to get on the field.

“Stevie [Nicol] is a legend in the game and it’s an honor to be picked by him. I’m sure I’m going to learn a lot from him.’’

Soares has an Italian passport, but decided to forgo a career in Europe, for now.

“I’m committed to the Revolution,’’ Soares said. “I love American sports and I’m glad to have the opportunity to play here.’’

The Revolution, who acquired former Dynamo defender Ryan Cochrane last month, also used a second-round pick on midfielder Stephen McCarthy (University of North Carolina), and third-round picks on forwards Steven Perry (Notre Dame) and Alan Koger (William & Mary), and forward/midfielder Ryan Kinne (Naugatuck, Conn., and Monmouth College).

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