FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The National Soccer Hall of Fame named New England Revolution alumni Shalrie Joseph and Clint Dempsey as finalists on the Player Ballot for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022.
Joseph is on the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s Player Ballot for the second consecutive year. The 10-year MLS veteran was a four-time MLS Best XI selection and made seven consecutive MLS All-Star teams from 2005-11. A steady and impactful presence on New England’s legendary teams of the 2000s, Joseph totaled 261 of his 283 league appearances in a New England uniform with 40 goals and 34 assists in his regular season career. The Grenada international led his Revolution teams to three consecutive Eastern Conference titles from 2005-07 en route to 23 career postseason appearances. Joseph remains part of the Revolution organization as a head coach in the Revolution Academy.
Dempsey enters his first year of eligibility for induction to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The U.S. Men’s National Team great began his nine-year MLS career with the Revolution in 2004. Between his career in New England and Seattle, the Texas native tallied 72 goals, 42 assists in 186 games played in MLS, in addition to over 200 appearances overseas with Fulham FC and Tottenham Hotspur. The four-time MLS All-Star (2005, 2006, 2014, 2015) also earned two MLS Best XI selections (2005, 2006), in addition to an MLS Rookie of the Year finalist nod in 2004. On the international stage, Dempsey retired with 57 goals, tied for the most in program history, and 141 caps for the United States.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame announced changes to its election and eligibility process in September 2021, allowing for a maximum of six individuals to now be elected to the class of 2022: three Players, two Veterans, and one Builder. Committees will vote to determine the Class of 2022, to be announced early next year with the induction ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2022.