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New England Re-Signs Shalrie Joseph As Designated Player

New England Revolution have re-signed captain Shalrie Joseph to one of the team’s Designated Player roster spots.

Even at 33, Joseph was still one of the Revs better players last season,  and re-signing him sends a message to the fans that the 2012 season will not be spent rebuilding.

“Shalrie has spent his entire MLS career here in New England and we are thrilled he’s agreed to return as a Designated Player for us,” General Manager Michael Burns said. “Getting him re-signed was a top priority for us this off-season. We expect that Shalrie will continue to lead this team on the field, but also off the field and in the community, as well, as we move ahead into 2012.”

Joseph was one of three finalists for the 2009 MLS most valuable player award, and is a four-time Best XI performer.

“I’m very excited to stay in New England,” Joseph said. “I’ve made this my home and I can’t imagine playing for another team besides the Revolution. I’m looking forward to getting back out on the field next year and going after an MLS Cup championship for our fans and for this city.”