- 05 December, 2013
- by Grenada Spot
Shalrie David Jamal Joseph. was born in St. George's, Grenada on May 24, 1978. Shalrie grew up on the small West Indies Island with a population of only 100,000 people. He remembers as a child living through the US Invasion of Grenada in 1983 in which the US military sent over 10,000 troops to forcefully remove the revolutionary government. Shalrie permanently moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1993 at the age of 15 to live with his mother.
Shalrie finished out his high school education in Crown Heights Brooklyn before enrolling at Bryant & Stratton junior college in upstate New York in 1999. After leading Bryant & Stratton to the National Junior College championship in 2000, he caught the eye of Coach Dave Masur and transferred to St. John's University. Shalrie graduated with honors in 2002 with a degree in Business Administration from St. Johns. In his two-seasons at St. John's he scored 21 goals and led the team to the 2001 NCAA College Cup Semifinals. During his senior season Shalrie was named to the NCSAA Division 1 All-American team.
Shalrie was drafted with the 14th overall pick in 2002 MLS SuperDraft by the New England Revolution. Shalrie sat out the 2002 MLS season pursuing European options before debuting with the REVS on April 19th 2003. In Shalrie's rookie season he quickly became an irreplaceable force, starting 27 of the teams 28 games, and finishing second on team in minutes played.
By his second season, Shalrie was widely recognized as one of the top midfielders in the league, earning All-Star honors during his sophomore campaign. Since playing for the REVS Shalrie has made 6 All-Star Teams (2004-2009), 4 First XI (top all-star vote getter) teams (2006-2009), and 4 Best XI (best 11 players in the league) teams (2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009).
After the 2006 MLS season, Scottish and European superpower Celtic FC submitted multiple multimillion dollar transfer bids to buy Shalrie from Major League Soccer. After the MLS refused to sell Shalrie, he signed a long-term deal running through the 2011 season. The Revolution has made the playoffs every year Shalrie has been on the team, including making it to the MLS Cup finals 3 of his 7 seasons (2005, 2006, and 2007).
Shalrie is now a full-blown New Englander, spending almost all of his offseason in the area. He also has become heavily involved with youth soccer in Massachusetts, spending most of his days involved in coaching.
(01) Led the New England Revolution to the MLS Playoffs for the past 7 seasons - including to the MLS Cup in 2005, 2006, and 2007
(02) 6 Consecutive MLS All-Star Teams (2004-2009), including being named a First XI (top vote getter) the past 4 seasons (2006-2009)
(03) 4 Time MLS Best XI player (top 11 players in league) – 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009
(04) Member of the Grenada National Team
(05) 2007 Caribbean Player of the Year
(06) 3rd Team NCSAA Division 1 All-American in 2001 (St. John's)