The positive news continues for the New England Revolution, as they named club legend Shalrie Joseph the head coach of the U-15 academy squad on Tuesday. Joseph, 42, is one of the most accomplished Revolution players of all time; the defensive midfielder is a seven-time MLS All-Star and a four-time MLS Best XI awardee.
A native of Grenada, Shalrie has dipped into both playing and coaching capacities for the national team. Between 2002-2008, Joseph recorded 20 appearances for the Spice Boys, and was twice named Grenada’s Footballer of the Year. As the head coach in 2018-19, Shalrie led Grenada to promotion from League B to League A in the Concacaf Nations League, clinching berth to the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup tournament.
After failing to reach an agreement during renegotiation talks with Grenada, Joseph fancied the idea of a new opportunity. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for Bryan Scales, Director of Youth Development for the Revolution, to scoop up the club legend.
“Shalrie was one of the most impactful players in MLS over a 20-year span,” Scales noted in Tuesday’s release. “We look forward to having him back on the field to help develop the next generation of New England Revolution homegrown players.”
This past year, the U-15 academy squad struggled to a record of 3-6-3 (.25 percent win total). With the introduction of the former team MVP, the Revolution will hope they can improve their youth ranks in order to maintain a steady stream of homegrown talent to the first team.