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Revs statement on captain Steve Ralston

In response to New England Revolution captain Steve Ralston’s decision to not return to the Revolution in 2010, the team has issued the following statement...

“Steve Ralston has been a tremendous player, leader and ambassador for the New England Revolution since he arrived in 2002. In eight years with us, Steve has been a central figure in lifting the team to new heights of success. While we wish we were welcoming him back on Monday when the rest of the team arrives for the start of preseason, we want to thank Steve for all of his contributions and effort on our behalf – both on the field and off the field – and wish him and his family nothing but the best in all of his future endeavors.”

Ralston the Major League’s Soccer all-time career leader in assists (135), appearances (378), starts (372) and minutes played (33,143). He also holds the U.S. record for professional appearances (412). He is one of three Revs who have started and played in each of the Revs’ four MLS Cup appearances (2002, 2005, 2006 & 2007), and is a seven-time MLS All-Star and three-time Best XI selection. Despite seeing his 2009 season end prematurely when he suffered a torn right ACL on Sept. 26 against Seattle, he won the 2009 MLS Fair Play Award, making him the league’s first three-time winner of the award. He scored seven goals and added seven assists in 20 games in 2009.

In his 14-year career, Ralston scored 76 goals and made 10 postseason appearances. He began his career in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny before joining the Revolution in 2002. He has also made 36 appearances with the U.S. National Team, scoring four goals.