Revolution trade team captain Shalrie Joseph

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Revolution trade team captain Shalrie Joseph

The New England Revolution traded team captain Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA on Wednesday. In exchange, the Revs received midfielder Blair Gavin, a 2013 second round draft pick, and allocation money.

Joseph, 34, moves on from the only organization he has known in 10 years as a MLS player. He was originally drafted by New England in the second round of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft and debuted for the club in the 2003 season.

As the organization's leader in appearances, starts, minutes played, penalty kick goals, and fouls suffered, Joseph's departure will not be easy for anyone, particularly general manager Michael Burns who had been with Joseph in the Revs organization for almost 8 years.

"Trading Shalrie was not a decision we made easily," Burns said in a statement. "Shalrie has been one of the faces of the club for a decade, but we had to take a hard look at our roster and decide where we needed to be as we look toward the future. Shalrie has accomplished so much as a member of the Revs, and we wish him nothing but best wishes as he moves on to the next stage in his career with Chivas USA".

Head coach Jay Heaps found making the move just as tough saying in a statement:

"This was a very difficult decision for us to make. For as long as I can remember, Shalrie has been the Revolution's anchor and one of the team's leaders. Through the years, he helped set the tone every day, gave everything he had for the Revs and was the consummate teammate. As his coach -- and his friend -- we'll miss Shalrie on the field and in the locker room every day, but we have to look ahead and make decisions with the best interest of the club in mind. We wish Shalrie all the beast as he moves on."

Though it will be tough to see Shalrie go, Burns is also excited about what New England is getting in return in the deal.

"With this trade, we gain a significant amount of roster flexibility and add a player in Blair Gavin who has great potential, an additional draft pick next year, plus allocation money -- all of which provides us options to improve the team."

Gavin should be available when the Revs return to action on August 4, when they take on Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium.

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.