Friday, the New England Revolution recycled yet another former employee when it selected distributing midfielder Shalrie Joseph, 35, in the Waiver Draft and added him to the roster. Other recycled employees include Head coach Jay Heaps, who was a New England defender, midfielder Andy Dorman, who has returned for another go-round, and former assistant coach Paul Mariner, who replaced former goalkeeper Jeff Causey as broadcast color analyst.
Joseph, 35, returns to the Revolution after spending the last year and a half with Chivas USA and Seattle Sounders FC, where he did not impress. Originally drafted by the Revolution in 2002, Joseph played nine and a half seasons in Foxborough, excelling in the early years. Joseph was a big part of the successful mid-2000s squad featuring Steve Ralston, Clint Dempsey, Taylor Twellman, Michael Parkhurst, Jose Cancela, Matt Reis and Jay Heaps - the best squad New England ever had.
But Joseph struggled with injury through the 2009 playoffs and dropped into a downward spiral despite his new status of a Designated Player and $450,000 salary. In many games, he was the worst player on the field. Joseph repeatedly passed to opponents, didn't step into interception opportunities and appeared detached except for occasional pointless confrontations. Joseph was suspended when marijuana was detected in an MLS drug test, skipped the first practice of the 2011 season and was arrested in the team hotel during the preseason and ejected from camp.
New England traded Joseph to Chivas USA in August 2012, where he finished the season with the team at the bottom of the Western Conference, but was traded to Seattle in February 2013. The Sounders waived him earlier this year after 10 regular-season and two postseason appearances last year.
Joseph has made 283 career appearances in MLS, including a Revolution-club record 261 appearances. He has scored 40 career goals and added 35 career assists in the regular season, including 37 goals and 34 assists in New England. Joseph was a finalist for the 2009 MLS Most Valuable Player award, a four-time MLS Best XI selection and an eight-time MLS All-Star selection.