As we move closer to September, this MLS season starts to shift more and more to the playoffs. Three teams grabbed three wins this weekend that aided their playoff ambitions and confirmed that they have every intention of being in the running come the end of the season.
Shalrie Joseph reflects on his career in an interview with The Bent Musket.
When Shalrie Joseph returned to the New England Revolution ahead of the 2014 season, it had all the makings of a Hollywood ending. The club legend was back in the colors he donned from 2003-2012 and appeared ready to make one more run at the elusive MLS Cup.
On Monday, it was revealed that former New England Revolution head coach Fernando Clavijo was battling cancer. Clavijo coached the Revolution from 2000-2002, and under his watch, the club added the likes of Taylor Twellman, Shalrie Joseph, Jay Heaps and Steve Ralston to its roster.
All photos courtesy of New England Soccer Today photographer Chris Aduama (aduamaphotography.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ Revolution general manager Michael Burns will be the first to tell you that he's got a young team on his hands. A team that, in many respects, is coming into its own right before his eyes.
But that doesn't mean there isn't room for a grizzled veteran on the roster, which currently has two vacancies.
Believe it or not, but Shalrie Joseph is backwith the New EnglandRevolution. At least for the time being.
On Saturday, revolutionsoccer.net's Jeff Lemiuex confirmed that the former skipper is one of two "new" preseason trialists. Coincidentally, the Revolution are set to play Chivas USA the team Joseph was traded to back in Aug.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ Everyone would love to have Clint Dempsey.
That's what Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said prior to Sunday's game against Toronto FC, just a day after the former Revolution goal-scorer returned to the MLS as a member of the Seattle Sounders
Seattle unveiled Dempsey as their newest Designated Player before their game Saturday Night, a day after another former Rev â€“ Shalrie Joseph â€“ restructured his contract to remove himself as a DP.
Will Jerry Bengtson return to action after not playing in two straight games? (Photo: Kari Heistad/capturedimages.biz)
It's funny how much difference a year can make. In this case, it's about 14 months, but when the Revolution meet the Rapids tonight for their lone match of the regular season, it's going to be a lot different than the last time they saw each other.
It may be a light MLS schedule this weekend with World Cup qualifying taking center stage, but a pair of marquee matchups still offer plenty of intrigue.
At Rio Tinto Stadium, Real Salt Lake will resume their Western Conference feud with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who will look to grab a result with Omar Gonzalez and Robbie Keane still on international duty.
The primary non-game related storylines are that Shalrie Joseph is facing the team with which he was one of the best midfielders to take the pitch in MLS. This is also the first match that Kevin Alston will miss while he steps aside and receives treatment for cancer. That is a much bigger tale than soccer.
It is a basement battle as the Eastern Conference bottom fish travel west to take in their rare visit to CenturyLink Field. The 1 PM match is on KONG 6/16 ((KIRO FM radio) as well as usual Spanish language TV and Radio. Enjoy the last home game for nearly a month as Shalrie Joseph plays against his old side.
There are two major aspects of the game that the New England Revolution need to figure out if they're going to have success in 2013: physicality and set pieces. Last season, they struggled mightily with both; other teams leveraged size and strength to keep the Revs from playing their planned, on-the-floor style, while it wasn't until late September that the team managed to score a set-piece goal.
Jermaine Jones is officially the highest-paid player in Revolution history after the latest salary list from theMLS Player Union revealed that the U.S. International is commanding a salary of $3.252 million.
Jones was acquired by the club following a blind draw conducted by the league in late-August.
A left leg contusion suffered duringlast weekend'smatch against Montreal hasmidfielder Jermaine Jones listed as "questionable" on the Revolution's injury report ahead of the team's conference clash in Columbus on Saturday.
Jones, who exited the Montreal match at halftimefollowing a rough first-half encounter with Calum Mallace, was seen sporting a walking boot following the team's 2-1 win over the Impact.
The Seattle Sounders are currently missing some of their top players. Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans are on international duty. Osvaldo Alonso is injured at the moment. All of these players are key contributors to the Sounders. Things just got even worse with Shalrie Joseph being suspended an extra game due to an altercation he had with L.
Despite missing Obafemi Martins (knee), Shalrie Joseph (hamstring), Steve Zakuani (groin) and Osvaldo Alonso (birth of daughter), the Seattle Sounders certainly did not look like a depleted team early. In the tenth minute, the always explosive Eddie Johnson scored on a corner kick service from Mauro Rosales, and Seattle were up 1-0.
El Pescadito has officially joined the Black-and-Red, a move that has divided the D.C. fanbase, relegating Lionard Pajoy to the second-most-polarizing figure on the roster. Black & Red United has all the coverage.
When I come home from work, I check all of my various outlets for rumors to see if anything has happened throughout the day.
That Shalrie Joseph will soon by joining the Seattle Sounders comes as a bit of a shock to the system. The soon-to-be-35-year-old's best years are clearly behind him, but he's still going to be paid as if he's in his prime. There are definitely reasons to look at this move and wonder why the Sounders would be willing to use one of their three Designated Player spots on him, even if Chivas USA were willing to essentially pay to get rid of him.
Former New England and Chivas USA midfielder Shalrie Joseph was acquired today in a deal that also netted Seattle Sounders FC the third spot in Allocation Order, a second round draft pick in each of the next two drafts and an unknown amount of cap relief though he is still a Designated Player. Chivas now has Seattle's old 15th spot in Allocation Order.
After a week with a roster depleted by injury and national team calls Sigi Schmid may get to pick an ideal XI based solely off of form and tactics when the Sounders travel to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Both Brad Evans and Shalrie Joseph returned to full training today, with Tuesday's training being major test in how healthy they will be through the week.
Seattle Sounders FC will be parting ways with right back and Swedish National Teamer Adam Johansson so that he can get first team minutes and continue his career. The move will open up cap space as well as relieve some playing time congestion in the midfield. Just prior to the end of practice Liviu Bird tweeted the following;
Source says Adam Johansson hasn't been at Sounders FC training for a week.
After the Veracruz match it became apparent that Mauro Rosales is the likely 2nd Forward barring other additions is the goal of Sigi Schmid. Unfortunately that Ideal XI will not exist for some time. There are injuries, tweaks, fitness and suspensions.
Suspensions - Marc Burch out due to anti-gay slur.
There will be two very different approaches in tonight's Desert Diamond Cup Final between Seattle Sounders FC and Real Salt Lake. Sigi Schmid made it clear this week that it will be a run for second teamers and trialists since the First Team started against Veracruz on Friday night. Kreis will almost certainly run his A-Team out, though there are questions as to their second forward - Findley v Plata.
The forward deserves to be remembered as more than a DP flop.
To say the Seattle Sounders have a somewhat spotty record when it comes to Designated Player signings is probably fair. For every Obafemi Martins, there's been a Christian Tiffert. For every Fredy Montero, a Shalrie Joseph.
By any reasonable metric, Nelson Valdez probably belongs in the "flop" bin.
Shalrie Joseph has partnered with America's Next Soccer Star Tour to provide young athletes with the opportunity to be discovered.
Shalrie Joseph had no interest in going to college after high school until he had a conversation with Nick Dimitrievski, the Director of Athletics and Head Men's Soccer Coach at Bryant & Stratton College.
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We had hoped to have something more uplifting to talk about after waiting a few extra days to record. It didn't quite work out that way. While the result wasn't exactly a disaster (losing 1-0 at home at least gives the Sounders a puncher's chance), it was not the feel-good moment we had been hoping for.
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