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Shalrie Joseph back with New England, this time on trial

Feb 22, 2014, 5:06 PM EDT

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Some things just ought to be. Shalrie Joseph in a New England Revolution uniform is certainly one of them.

Word is that Joseph, 35, is on trial with the New England Revolution. That is the same Revolution where Joseph made his MLS bones so many years ago.

Joseph won his starting spot at Gillette Stadium in 2003 and didn’t lose it for almost 10 years, establishing himself as one of the league’s top men during much of that time, guiding the Revs into three MLS Cup finals.

In all honesty, Joseph just never looked right in subsequent stops at Chivas USA (where nobody ever really looks completely right, although that may changing with this week’s news) and Seattle.

He never made a significant contribution for Sigi Schmid at CenturyLink, so the Sounders had no interest in bringing him back. Now he’s on trial for Jay Heaps’ club. Heaps played for years behind Joseph, as a defender on a back line that Joseph was protecting in his preferred holding midfield role.

  1. hildezero - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    So did Joseph’s contract expire, or what?

    • talgrath - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      As near as I can tell, the Sounders released him. In a preseason interview on Shalrie, Sigi Schmid said Joseph was still with the team, but he wasn’t part of their plans. My guess is that the Sounders tried to work out a trade for him, but nobody wanted him, so they released him, but I can’t find any official confirmation of that.

  2. talgrath - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Unfortunately I just think Shalrie Joseph is too old at this point to play; whenever he took the field for the Sounders he looked slow and clumsy, I think the years have caught up to him. That said, it would be nice to see him retire as a member of the team that he started with.

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