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Videira To Make Immediate Impact For Revolution

Michael Videira might not have wanted to play in the MLS originally, but he looks to be settling in with his hometown team just fine.

Videira, who hails from Milford, Mass., had a short spell at Hamilton Academical in the Scottish league, but has now returned to the team which originally drafted him in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, the New England Revolution. The Revolution have never won an MLS Cup in the league's 12 seasons, but have been one of the most consistently successful franchises; the Revs have reached the MLS Cup, the equivalent of the NFL's Super Bowl, in four of the last six years, only to lose each time.

Duke's star midfielder graduated in '08, after a disappointing 11-8-1 season. But Videira set several Duke records and was recognized nationally for his outstanding play over the course of his college career. The playmaker intended to play in Europe after graduation, as Mike Grella has done recently with Leeds, but Videira recently signed with the Revolution.

Videira won't be one of the team's stars right away—that honor belongs to Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman, both of whom have represented the U.S. National Team at senior level—but according to ESPN Soccernet's Frank Dell'Appa, Videira could be "their midfield creator of the future."


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