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March 4, 1996 – Revolution select Boston College’s Paul Keegan No. 6 in initial MLS draft

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Paul Keegan became the first of several Boston College players to join MLS teams, becoming a starter for the New England Revolution in their inaugural season. Keegan provided the 88th-minute deciding goal as the Revolution took a 2-1 win over the Dallas Burn at the Cotton Bowl on the final day of the 1997 season, clinching the team’s first playoff berth.

Keegan played five seasons for the Revolution, totaling 88 appearances (seven goals) in all competitions, fifth on the career list when he departed after the 2000 season. Keegan then played 13 more seasons in Europe, several in Scotland’s Premier League.

The Revolution also selected Imad Baba in the second round (16th overall), Brockton’s Paulo Dos Santos (ex-Mount Ida College, URI) in the third round (26th overall), plus Alberto Naveda, Welton and Zak Ibsen in the supplemental draft. Chris Aduama photo

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