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Youth Boys Jul 01, 2020

New Revolution Academy tabs MLS great Shalrie Joseph as U-15 head coach

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have announced Shalrie Joseph, a member of the club’s All-Time Team, a seven-time MLS All-Star, and four-time MLS Best XI honoree, as the new head coach of the Revolution Academy’s Under-15 team.

Appointed by Technical Director Curt Onalfo and Director of Youth Development Bryan Scales, Joseph will coach the Under-15s in the new MLS elite player development platform.

A native of St. George’s, Grenada, Joseph returns to the Revolution after making his managerial debut as head coach of the Grenada National Team from 2018-19. He previously earned 20 international caps with the national team from 2002-08. As Grenada’s head coach, he helped the side qualify for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and earn promotion to League A in the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League after an unbeaten 4-0-2 record in League B group play. Since parting ways with the Grenada Football Association, Joseph has spent time assisting the Revolution Academy coaching staff in an unofficial capacity.

“Shalrie was one of the most impactful players in MLS over a 10-year span,” Revolution Director of Youth Development Bryan Scales said. “His ability to compete at the highest level was the catalyst of those top Revolution teams of the 2000s. We look forward to having him back on the field to help develop the next generation of New England Revolution homegrown players.”

“It’s a great feeling to be back where I belong, a place that made my dreams come true,” Joseph said. “Now I have one of the most important jobs and that’s to try and inspire the next generation of Academy players to be great and achieve their dreams.”

Joseph, 42, entered the coaching ranks following a decorated playing career that saw him record more minutes in a Revolution shirt than any player in history. Selected 14th overall by the Revolution in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, Joseph played for the club from 2003-2012, returning in 2014, and set club records for games played and games started. A general in the central midfield, Joseph led New England to three straight MLS Eastern Conference titles from 2005-07. In addition to his seven consecutive MLS All-Star selections (2005-11) and four MLS Best XI nods, both club highs, Joseph was recognized as a finalist in 2009 MLS MVP voting. For all of his contributions, Joseph was recently named to the club’s All-Time Team, recognizing the best head coach and 11 players in the founding MLS team’s history as determined by a fan vote.

“Shalrie is without question one of the greatest players to ever put on a Revolution uniform, and it is with great excitement that we welcome him back to a role with the club,” Revolution President Brian Bilello added. “It is no mistake that we chose Shalrie as one of the players to be prominently honored on the walls of our new training center, as the example he set on and off the field make him the perfect role model to inspire and develop the next wave of Revolution players.”

In addition to his 10-plus years with New England, which also included 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and 2008 North American SuperLiga titles, Joseph also played for MLS sides Chivas USA and Seattle Sounders FC in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He concluded his MLS career with 283 games played, 272 starts, 40 goals, 35 assists, and 24,538 minutes played in the regular season. He added 23 MLS Cup Playoff appearances, 21 of them coming with the Revolution.

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