Khano handed coaching role at former club Revolution
Bermuda captain Khano Smith has returned to his former club New England Revolution as an assistant coach of the club’s under-18 team.
Smith was named as one of Under-18 head coach John Frederick’s right hand men when the Major League Soccer side announced their 2012-13 youth team rosters earlier this month.
Last season saw both the Revolution’s under-16 and under-18 teams qualify for the US Soccer Development Academy play-offs.
A total 21 of last season’s players have returned, including three members of the Under-18 team who are entering their third year in the Revolution’s youth system.
“We are excited to add a significant number of talented new players to our Revolution Academy teams,” said director of youth development Bryan Scales. “We are especially thrilled to welcome the players who will take the field for our under-14 team in its inaugural season.
“All told, the players on our three Academy teams have accepted an opportunity and a challenge that many other talented soccer players do not get. It will be fun to watch them develop as they begin a journey that could take them to highest levels of soccer in this country.”
In total, 57 players from the New England region have been selected for the Revolution’s youth squads, including 15 on Smith’s squad.
Smith, who skipped Bermuda in last year’s World Cup qualifiers, took his first steps on the coaching ladder with New Hampshire Cobras Soccer Club last year, with the club being a partner of Smith’s former side Revolution.
The 31-year-old gained further knowledge under the tutelage of Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen when he visited New Hampshire Cobras Soccer Club last year.
The most successful period of Smith’s career came during his first stint at the Revolution when he reached two successive MLS Cup finals, losing both to Houston Dynamo.
Smith rejoined Revolution at the beginning of the 2010 season following a short spell at English League Two club Lincoln City.
The former Dandy Town man, who is expected to be named in Andrew Bascome’s squad for next month’s Digicel Caribbean Cup, made 100 appearances for the Revolution and scored eight goals.
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