The 29-year old was part of the Revs team that made the MLS Cup final in three successive seasons from 2006-2008 but departed the club soon after to join the New York Red Bulls and then Lincoln City in England.
But now he is back at Gillette Stadium and happy to be back in familiar territory.
“I love Boston, I always came back when I was in New York, anyway,’’ Smith said. “I have tons of people I know here, so it’s good to be back. We have probably [six] players still here from when we went to the finals. A lot has changed but Stevie’s (Nicol) still here and he does the same stuff, same drills, basically the system is the same. So, it doesn’t matter who is here.’’
Smith said he left the club with a good feeling back in 2008 but admitted that his move to New York was not a very successful foray.
“I left on good terms when I did leave in the expansion draft,’’ Smith added. “I think they knew that I had a European passport and I had that option. Seattle, I was there for a month and that was fine. I preferred to be on the East Coast. But New York was just a disaster. I guess they made me a scapegoat. But if you look at that team, there was nobody there that was doing anything. So, to single me out like that — I didn’t feel like I had much of an opportunity, I only played the first eight games.”