Joseph points finger at himself for frustrating season

Joseph points finger at himself for frustrating season

By Danny Picard

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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