Joseph points finger at himself for frustrating season

Joseph points finger at himself for frustrating season

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO -- In his eight-year MLS career, Shalrie Joseph has never experienced a more difficult season than 2010.

Revs defeat Wizards in home finale

He admitted such after Saturday night's 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution's final home game of the season.

Joseph scored the game's only goal, in the 31st minute. It marked his fourth of the season, which is four less than his single-season high of eight goals, scored in 2009.

The Revs went to the playoffs that season. In fact, they've gone to the playoffs every season since Joseph has been a member of the team.

Until now.

The Revolution have been out of the playoff hunt for weeks. Joseph began to vent his frustrations on a season gone awfully wrong, after a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake two weeks ago.

Joseph pointed the finger at the team's immaturity. He called it New England's biggest issue of the season. To him, it was why the Revolution were playing for nothing more than pride at that point.

But after Saturday night's win, Joseph vented even more, and this time, pointed the finger at himself, accepting responsibility for having missed five games in the spring after taking a "leave of absence" because of what he called on Saturday, a "drug stint."

"Personally, it's frustrating, from me missing that month because of that drug stint, and not being there for the team," said Joseph. "And then injuries here and there, and them not having a so-called goal scorer during the season, and the inexperience on the team. There's a lot of little things on the team that definitely were frustrating.

"But I look forward to 2011, because I see that we have a lot of youth here. And if we get it together, and we start gelling and get that chemistry down, we're going to be one of those teams that's going to be fun to watch."

Joseph is anxious to get this season over with. The Revs play their last game on Thursday in New York. After that, New England's captain is committed to having one of his hardest working offseasons of his career, in preparation for 2011.

"I don't want to go home this early," said Joseph. "It's a disappointment. I'm already thinking about cleaning out my locker. And all my years I've been here, I've never had to worry about that."

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Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.

Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.

Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.

MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.

Nikolic, Solignac score in Fire's 2-1 win over Revolution

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Nikolic, Solignac score in Fire's 2-1 win over Revolution

Nemanja Nikolic and Luis Solignac scored and the Chicago Fire handed the New England Revolution their first home loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.

Nikolic scored his MLS-leading 13th goal in the 18th minute, beating an offside trap and, after having his initial shot blocked by goalie Cody Cropper, firing in the rebound.

Three quick passes found Solignac in front of the goal as he finished from close range in the 61st for his fourth goal.

New England scored in the 70th when Juan Agudelo kept the ball alive with a header off a cross with Antonio Mlinar Delamea then heading in the ball for his first MLS goal.

New England, which outshot Chicago 24-8, spent the remaining minutes on the attack but failed to get the equalizer despite several frantic moments in front of Chicago's net.

New England (5-6-5) had five wins and two draws at home before the loss. Chicago (9-3-4) is unbeaten in eight matches.