Another highly-regarded college player has come back to MLS after failing to land a spot in Europe.
Former Duke midfielder Michael Videira
, who was a Hermann Trophy semifinalist in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, has signed with the Revolution following a six-month stint in
"When we drafted Michael last year, we were aware of his desire to play abroad," said Revs VP of player personnel Mike Burns
in a press
release announcing the signing. "However, we're pleased to add him to our roster now that he's joined Major League Soccer."
Contract terms were not disclosed. As a second-round pick who
opted for Europe rather than go straight into MLS, Vidiera is likely working for the 2009 league minimum ($34,000) or slightly above it. The native of Milford, Mass., will start preseason on the
Revs' regular 18-man roster.
When ex-Notre Dame all-American Greg Dalby
, a second-round pick of the Rapids in 2007, decided to come back earlier
this year he signed for the 2008 minimum of $33,000. Dalby, who captained the U.S. at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, bounced around Europe on trial and finally settled with Charleroi in Belgium but
never established himself.
Videira, who turns 23 next week, had signed a short-term contract with Hamilton Academical of the Scottish Premier League last summer after he'd trained with
several teams in Europe. Injuries impaired his progress and he failed to make a first-team appearance before being released earlier this month.
In 80 games for Duke, Videira scored 17
goals and added 15 assists while earning NSCAA third-team all-America honors in 2006 and 2007. He has also played for the U.S. U-18 and U-20 national teams.
By adding Videira, the Revs
have addressed issues in midfield. They lost Khano Smith
to Seattle in the expansion draft and need some cover for Steve
, who will be 35 next year and is coming off a season shortened by a broken leg.