-Keith Hickey

Suppose I asked you, dear reader, to name the best player on the New England Revolution. You'd probably say it was captain Shalrie Joseph. And you would, of course, be right. Joseph is the Revs' engine room, skipper, and various other vital nautical accoutrement (poop deck!).

What's important for a team that struggled last year, is that their most important (and thusly, highest-paid) player leads by example, and

Shalrie Joseph missed the opening of Revolution preseason training yesterday but is expected to participate today, according to coach Steve Nicol. 
Joseph, a six-time MLS All-Star, had not contacted the team, according to vice president of player personnel Michael Burns. 

Now how did that get in here? Anyway, it's an absolute imperative that New England's important players show the kind of commitment and determination that can serve as an example to the rest of the team. Vital players like all-star defender Kevin Alston, who will be 23 in a few months. As a team that's had trouble holding on to star youngsters, Alston has to be one of the public faces of this rebuilding pro-

Defender Kevin Alston and captain Shalrie Joseph have been banished from the Revolution’s initial preseason training camp for disciplinary reasons, according to a team source.

Well that's serious. Was there some kind of argument? Did Alston and Joseph get in trouble for demanding too much from the rookies?



If I may borrow some text speak from "the kids," if I were a Revs fan right now, I'd /facepalm and be smh. The Revs have serious issues on and off the field. This is the last thing Steve Nicol needs.
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