Shrewd Revs land goalkeeper

Shrewd Revs land goalkeeper

MLS- New England Revolution

Shrewd Revs land goalkeeper

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The New England Revolution might have found an understudy for standout goalkeeper Matt Reis and didn't even cost them a draft pick.

The Revs signed UMass goalkeeper Zach Simmons on Friday, landing one of the most highly-regarded college goalkeepers in the nation last season.

So how did New England swing that one? The word on Simmons before the MLS Draft was that he was planning to stay in school and wasn't likely to pursue a professional career. The 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year bypassed the MLS Combine and went undrafted, which allowed the 6-foot-3 shot stopper to fall to New England.

The Revs signed Simmons, 23, to a developmental contract and elevated back-up goalkeeper Brad Knighton to a senior roster spot. New England also announced that it had moved defender Chris Tierney from the developmental roster to its senior roster.

What do you think of this news? Think Simmons could develop into the Revs starter one day? Do you believe in the conspiracy theory that Simmons bypassed the Combine and draft with the intention of joining the Revs? Who do you see ending up the bigger impact player when it's all said and done, Simmons or Mike Videira?

Share your thoughts below.

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