When the New England Revolution drafted former Duke standout Mike Videira last year, it was seen as a hopeful pick on a first-round talent who was determined to play in Europe. That second-round pick isn't looking like such a waste now.
The Revs announced the signing of Videira on Monday, almost a full year after drafting him with the 18th overall pick in the 2008 MLS Draft.
Videira signed with Scottish Premier League club Hamilton Academical last August, but he never did make a first-team appearance before being let go earlier this month, with injuries limiting him.
An attacking midfielder considered one of the top playmakers in the 2008 draft, Videira slipped in the draft as word spread that he did not intend on signing with MLS. The Revs took a chance on the local product and that chance could wind up paying off handsomly for a club that could use his creativity in midfield.
“When we drafted Michael last year, we were aware of his desire to play abroad,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “However, we’re pleased to add him to our roster now that he’s joined Major League Soccer.”
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