It felt like old times again at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday with former club captain Shalrie Joseph back at his old stomping grounds.
Joseph was acquired by the Revolution on Tuesday via the Waiver Draft, and though he’d trained with the club earlier this year, Wednesday marked the first time he met with the local media.
“It just brings a smile to my face,” Joseph said about being back in the Revolution locker room. “I know a lot of the guys, and (even) new guys that I've met, I've seen them play. I know who they are, and know what they can bring, and what they can do. Meeting everyone again feels great and being right back at home.”
Revolution coach Jay Heaps said that bringing back the longtime midfielder wasn't an easy process given MLS rules regarding player acquisitions. “(There are) a lot of mechanisms within the league,” Heaps said. “It was a matter of how that would play out in terms of what happened with Seattle and that contract situation.”
Even though the signing may have required extra work, it appears that both Heaps and Joseph are pleased with the end result, which allows the 35-year-old midfielder the opportunity to don the Revolution at least one more time.
“It worked out perfect for me, and I’m happy to be back,” Joseph said. “I’m happy to be running again and just playing again and I look forward to just practicing and working out and trying to get on the squad.”
Fagundez feels better
After coming off at halftime during last week’s match at Chicago, Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez appeared to be unhindered during the passing and possession drills at training on Wednesday.
Heaps told the press following the match that Fagundez had to come off because of a neck-related injury, though the origin of that injury remains a mystery.
“I just woke up with an injury, and just couldn't do anything about it,” Fagundez said. “(I thought) it might've gone away and I felt good during warm ups, and thought I could probably fight through it.”
But Fagundez felt like the pain was hampering his play. With his club fighting to keep pace with the energetic Fire, the 19-year-old thought it best that someone else take his spot on the pitch.
“I'd prefer someone who’s 100 percent rather than me, who’s 60-70 percent,” Fagundez said. “I talked to Jay and told him that I just couldn't go any further.”
Just another match for Bunbury
At first blush, it may appear that one Revolution player who’s particularly anxious to play against Sporting
Kansas City this weekend would be none other than Teal Bunbury.
Bunbury spent his first four MLS seasons in Kansas City, where he scored 19 goals in 77 career games before he was traded to New England in March. But even though he may have some shared history with Saturday’s adversary, the 24-year-old striker isn't going to be seeking revenge of any sorts.
“I haven't thought too much about it because there’s never been any ill will towards them,” Bunbury said. “I still have respect for them, the fans there and the organization. But it’s definitely going to be exciting. I’m really looking forward to it.”