Khano available for club and country
Former New England Revolution winger Khano Smith has made himself available for both the national team and Bermuda Hogges this summer.
Smith, who captained Bermuda during the 2011 World Cup qualifiers, retired from professional football almost three years ago but is keen to prolong his international career.
Yesterday Boston-based Smith told The Royal Gazette he was keen to represent his country in the NatWest Island Games, to be hosted on home soil in July, and able to play in Hogges’ away games, depending on the team’s schedule.
“It will be great to play in the Island Games, last time I spoke to national team coach Andrew Bascome that seemed to be the case,” said the 32-year-old, who played in two MLS Cup finals for the Revolution.
“I also spoke to (national team skipper) John Barry (Nusum) when he was in the US. He said it was mentioned that I would be most likely be in the fold, so hopefully I get that invite.”
Smith, who also played for New York Red Bulls and Lincoln City, said he hoped all of Bermuda’s current crop of professionals would be available for the Island Games. And he believes the Hogges Premier Development League season will provide vital preparation for those national team players bidding for gold at the Island Games.
“It’s a good scenario for both the national team and Hogges to be the same in terms of the core of players, and with Nahki (Wells), Reggie (Lambe), Dale (Eve) and the rest of the overseas players potentially coming back, the team for the Games should be a good one.
“The Bermuda Hogges is something I would be receptive too as well, depending on their (away) schedule. I can meet up with them on the east coast and help them in any way possible.
“The Hogges games will give coaches Andrew (Bascome), Richard (Todd) and Dennis (Brown) a chance to look towards the future and see the team play against good foreign opposition.
“The quality should be high in the Hogges and national team and there shouldn’t be much of a task in getting the players gel as they have been playing together for years now.”
Since quitting the pro game Smith has been focusing on carving out a coaching career and returned to Revolution last season to help work with the team’s Academy players.
He has also maintained his fitness by continuing to play recreational football and occasionally turning out for the Revolution reserves side.
“I’m still at the New England Academy and playing on the weekends so I’m fit and ready to go if called upon,” said the ex-Dandy Town man.
“I’m keeping fit, I’m a centre back now so I don’t do all the running I did previously and my natural fitness allows me make a smooth transition to preparing for the higher level.”
Hogges owner Paul Scope, who recommended Smith to the Revolution back in 2005, said he would be thrilled to see him turn out for the Island’s franchise this season.
“Khano has made himself available for Hogges games in the past, both at home and away, and of course I’d be delighted to see him play for us again this season,” he said.
“He actually attended the recent United Soccer Leagues AGM and provided me with valuable assistance in organising this season’s fixtures.
“Khano has plenty of contacts in the US from his playing days in the MLS and I know he is keen to help Bermudian football in any way he can.”
Hogges first game of the season is against Reading United at Goose Gosling Field on Friday, May 31.