Khano Smith, '02 and his New England Revolution teammates will battle DC United in the Eastern Conference Finals of the MLS Cup Playoffs Sunday November 5th at 4:00pm. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.
Smith, recently named to the All Time All-CVAC team, played just two years at Lees-McRae, making his mark on the program in a short time. After transferring from Champlain College, Smith was named to the All CVAC, All Region, and All American First Teams both seasons, winning CVAC Player of the Year in 2002. Smith also led his team to a CVAC Championship in 2002, and was named to the All Tournament Team. Smith scored 47 goals, 19 assists, for 113 career points in two seasons, averaging 2.75 points per game during his time in a Bobcats uniform. After winning All Conference, All Region, and All American honors as a collegian, Smith took his game to the professional and international levels. After competing professionally in the USL for Carolina Dynamo, Smith returned home to his native Bermuda to play for Dandy Town Hornets. Smith led the Hornets to both the league and cup championships and was offered a tryout with the Bermuda National Team. While playing for the National Team, Smith was spotted by the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer. In 2005, Smith was offered an MLS contract, and has not disappointed since.
"We're all extremely proud of what Khano has accomplished," commented Head Coach Chris Whalley. "Khano's a winner; he brings so much to the table. Obviously the Revolution saw that when they offered him a contract, and in turn he has helped them to within one game of the MLS Cup Championship. We wish him all the best in his pursuit of another championship."
The Revolution will surely have their hands full if they wish to make the MLS Cup Championship game, a game they lost 1-0 to the Los Angeles Galaxy last season in extra time. Perennial powerhouse DC United has been to five of the ten MLS Cup Championships, winning four. Be sure to catch Smith and his teammates in action Sunday at 4:00pm on ESPN2.