FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –- The New England Revolution dropped their first match since the midweek Shalrie Joesph trade, a 1-0 loss to visiting Sporting Kansas City.
The 34-year-old midfielder was traded to Chivas USA Wednesday for midfielder Blair Gavin, a second round pick in the 2013 draft, and allocation money.
The Grenadian native had spent nearly 10 years with the club earning 261 appearances and even becoming the team’s captain in 2010.
Joseph was offered a designating player contract at the beginning of the 2012 season, a gesture that was thought by many to keep the player within the organization until his retirement.
Yet under new manager Jay Heaps, Joseph has not featured prominently within the starting 11 in recent games. Age seems to have become a factor and the performance of fellow holding midfielder Clyde Simms pushed Joseph to the bench.
Simms is considered to be Joesph's replacement, but in Saturday's match up against Kansas City the 29-year-old misjudged a ball outside of the New England 18 that led to the game's only goal courtesy of Teal Bunbury,
“That was definitely my fault. On a normal grass field, I feel like the ball doesn't bounce that high.” Simms said. “I tried to head it back to (Stephen McCarthy) and couldn't get enough on it. (Bunbury) did a good job of reading it and getting there first and they definitely capitalized.”
The tough and emotional week continues for New England, as the result puts the team even further out of playoff contention.
Defender Chris Tierney summed up the Revs' mood following the home loss,
“We’re all disappointed. There’s nothing really to say at this point. It was a sub-par performance all around. We didn’t create too many chances and the few that we did we couldn’t put away.” said Tierney. “So it’s disappointing. At home we expect three points and we didn’t get it.”
Tierney did feel that the team was not distracted by the events that occurred within the organization midweek,
“We’re over that, we’re moving on. We all had jobs to do, we knew what it was. Like you said it has been an emotional week, but no, we all know what we have to do and we move on game to game.” said Tierney.
Simms stressed that the team needs to perform much better in the season's final stretch. The chemistry may not be fully there in the Revolution clubhouse according to the midfielder,
“I think the way we get better is having our way of playing soccer and sticking with it. I think that’s the way we get better as a team - we gain chemistry that way.” said Simms. “I think we just need to stick with our guns and keep working on it to get better. We want to make teams come in here and worry about us for a change.”
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