Tonight at the Desert Diamond Classic in Tucson, AZ the New England Revolution will face Chivas USA in pre-season action. In addition to a starting line-up that may be very close (a few key players- Farrell, Davies, Sene- are injured) to the one Jay Heaps opens the season with (Shuttleworth, Smith, Goncalves, Soares, Alston, Caldwell, Fagundez, Nguyen, Rowe, Mullins, Bunbury), there will be a player on the bench (though not available for tonight’s match) who may look familiar to Revolution supporters:
That’s right, former Revolution captain (and legend) Shalrie Joseph has joined the Revolution’s pre-season preparations. At 35 and coming off his worst-season (injury, lack of form, etc.) I’m not going to get my hopes up that he’ll end up signing with the Revolution, but last year he did renegotiate his salary with Seattle so that they had the funds to acquire Clint Dempsey, so maybe, just maybe, he’d be willing to work cheaply for the Revs.
Again, it probably won’t happen, but having a player with his experience and field presence on the bench, one who can play any position up the center of the field- not to mention working day in and day out with the Revolution’s younger players- well, it would be a great move on the part of the Revolution.
However long it lasts, welcome back, Captain.