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Loss of veterans give New England's Joseph leadership task

New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph will need to add a leadership role to his game this seasons. The 31-year old was dynamic for the Revs in 2009, finishing third in the MVP as he scored eight goals and provided eight scoring assists from midfield, but in 2010 he will need to add the leadership string to his bow after some key departures at Gillette Stadium.

"I can see that (leadership will need to lift)," Joseph told "We've lost Rally (Steve Ralston), we've lost Jay (Heaps) and we've lost a couple of the younger guys. A lot of the fingers are going to be pointed to me. I'm going to have to step into that role, be more vocal and be more of a leader."

Despite the losses, Joseph was confident the Revs could overcome it and improve on their overall 7th-place finish last season.

"It's frustrating losing these guys, but we have to look at this as a business," Joseph added. "It's a decision the team made to try and move in another direction. We're going to try to move forward. I think my role is just keeping the team together and making sure everything runs smoothly."

Andrew Slevison
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