A versatile left-sided player that can play in defense or in the midfield, Donnie Smith has made two regular-season appearances since joining the Revs in 2013. Primarily an attacking player in college at UNC-Charlotte, Smith has transitioned to become an attacking left back with the Revs, providing cover and experience at the position.
2015: Smith did not make a regular-season appearance in 2015. After undergoing surgery to repair a left-groin injury suffered during preseason, he made his debut in the 18-man squad on April 11 against Columbus Crew SC and was included in the gameday roster seven more times during the regular season. Outside of MLS play, he made one appearance, starting in central defense the 1-0 defeat to the Charlotte Independence in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup.
2014: Made his only appearance of the MLS season on March 15, starting on the left side of midfield on the road against Philadelphia. He played 45 minutes in that game before coming off. He also made two appearances for New England in the U.S. Open Cup, playing the full 90 minutes in the Fourth Round and Fifth Round wins over Richmond and Rochester respectively. Smith also spent portions of the season on loan in the USL with the Rochester Rhinos.
2013: Started the Revs’ season opener on March 9, playing 53 minutes on the left side of midfield for his MLS debut. That was his only league appearance of the season, though he did start the Revs’ U.S. Open Cup Third Round win over Rochester on May 28, leaving that game after 52 minutes because of a left hamstring injury.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS
Smith appeared in six games with the USL’s Rochester Rhinos in 2014 while on loan from the Revs. He started three of those contests while also coming off the bench in the regular-season finale victory over Wilmington, a win that helped the Rhinos clinch a playoff berth, and the postseason quarterfinal defeat to LA Galaxy II.
Played four years at UNC-Charlotte, scoring 18 goals and adding 10 assists in 82 appearances, including 45 starts. A three-time all-conference performer (2010, 2011 and 2012), Smith was named the Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year as a senior in 2012 after scoring four goals and adding four assists in a career-high 25 appearances while also garnering First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors. During his junior season, he had five goals and three assists while helping the 49ers reach the College Cup Final. He converted a penalty in the semifinal shootout win over Creighton and was named to the 2011 NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team after being named second-team All-Atlantic 10 in the regular season. He had a career-best six goals to go along with two assists as a sophomore in 2010 after tallying three goals and an assist in his freshman season.