FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – As part of Major League Soccer’s 25th season celebration, the New England Revolution have announced the club’s All-Time Team, recognizing the best head coach and 11 players in the founding MLS team’s history as determined by a fan vote.
The list of eligible players for the All-Time Team was determined by a group of former players, media, fans, and club staff. The final list, as decided by the fans, consists of one goalkeeper, three defenders, five midfielders, and two forwards. All members of the All-Time Team have been invited back to Foxborough to be honored at a 2020 Revolution home match at Gillette Stadium.
The All-Time Team is led by former head coach Steve Nicol, winner of four MLS Eastern Conference championships, the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and the 2008 North American SuperLiga. The 11 players selected span the entire 25-year history of the club, with one member of New England’s inaugural 1996 squad – forward Joe-Max Moore – making the list alongside two active Revolution players in midfielder Diego Fagundez, the club’s first-ever Homegrown Player signing, and eight-year Revolution veteran defender Andrew Farrell.
The bulk of the All-Time Team played with the Revolution during the first decade of the 2000s, a run that saw New England make nine postseason appearances, play in four MLS Cup finals, capture a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, and win the North American SuperLiga in 2008. The only three players to feature in all of New England’s first four MLS Cup finals, as well as the 2007 U.S. Open Cup Final – Matt Reis, Steve Ralston, and Taylor Twellman – were voted into the squad.
New England Revolution All-Time Team
Head Coach: Steve Nicol (1999; 2002-11)
Goalkeeper: Matt Reis (2003-13)
Defenders: Andrew Farrell (2013-present), Michael Parkhurst (2005-08), Chris Tierney (2008-18)
Midfielders: Clint Dempsey (2004-06), Diego Fagundez (2011-present), Shalrie Joseph (2003-12; 2014), Lee Nguyen (2012-18), Steve Ralston (2002-10)
Forwards: Joe-Max Moore (1996-99; 2003-04), Taylor Twellman (2003-10)
Steve Nicol | Head Coach | Years Coached with Revolution: 1999; 2002-11
The longest-tenured head coach in club history and the only one to take home MLS Coach of the Year honors, Steve Nicol stocked the Revolution’s trophy cabinet with four Eastern Conference Championship trophies, a U.S. Open Cup title, and a North American SuperLiga championship. He marshalled New England to the postseason in eight consecutive seasons, including six consecutive Eastern Conference Championship appearances between 2002 and 2007. Nicol’s 415 points are good for eighth most in MLS history, while his 12 career MLS Cup Playoff wins are tied for fifth all-time.
Matt Reis | Goalkeeper | Years Played with Revolution: 2003-13
Long heralded as one of Major League Soccer’s preeminent shot stoppers, Reis backstopped the Revolution to three MLS Cup appearances and a U.S. Open Cup title during an 11-year stay in New England. An MLS Goalkeeper of the Year finalist for four consecutive years, Reis claims the top spot in every statistical goalkeeping category in the club record book. Brave in traffic, adept with the ball at his feet, and a commanding organizer from the 18-yard box, he racked up four MLS All-Star selections, two MLS Best XI nods, and an MLS Humanitarian of the Year recognition during his Revolution career.
Andrew Farrell | Defender | Years Played with Revolution: 2013-Current
One of two active players selected to the Revolution’s All-Time Team, Farrell has been a fixture along New England’s back line since the club made him the first-overall pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. A true ironman, Farrell leads all MLS outfield players in games played, games started, and minutes played since he entered the league, and he is on pace to challenge club records in each of those categories within the next two seasons. A two-time Revolution Defender of the Year, 2016 MLS All-Star, and 2018 club Humanitarian of the Year, Farrell’s legacy on the field will be matched by his impact in the community, most notably through his work with Special Olympics Massachusetts and the Revolution Unified soccer team.
Michael Parkhurst | Defender | Years Played with Revolution: 2005-08
Parkhurst anchored the Revolution’s back line to three consecutive MLS Cup final appearances during a four-year run in New England. A cerebral center back always in the right place at the right time, Parkhurst partnered with Jay Heaps to give New England one of the league’s most formidable spines of their era. The Rhode Island native’s stint with the Revs lasted only four seasons, but he remains one of the most decorated individuals in club history, having accrued MLS Rookie of the Year and Defender of the Year honors, two MLS Fair Play awards, MLS Humanitarian of the Year recognition, and three MLS All-Star selections.
Chris Tierney | Defender | Years Played with Revolution: 2008-18
A one-club man for the duration of his 11-year professional career, the only thing more consistent than Chris Tierney slotting in at left back for the Revolution every season was his left foot delivering immaculate service week in and week out. Tierney, a Boston native, retired with 40 career assists – the third most by a defender in MLS history. The left back’s dedication to the game and the club led him to a front office role as Player Recruitment Manager following his retirement in 2018.
Clint Dempsey | Midfielder | Years Played with Revolution: 2004-06
Before Dempsey established himself as one of the greatest American players of all time, he was an untested SuperDraft selection tabbed by the Revolution with the eighth-overall pick in 2004. Dempsey’s generational brilliance was immediately on display in Foxborough, as he turned in 25 goals and 14 assists through his first three professional seasons in New England. It is no coincidence the Revolution reached two MLS Cup finals and one Eastern Conference Final during Deuce’s time with the team.
Diego Fagundez | Midfielder | Years Played with Revolution: 2011-Current
The wonderkid who debuted with the Revolution at the age of 15 now owns 10 years of professional experience and a collection of MLS records to boot. Fagundez, the Revolution’s first Academy product signed to the first team, is the first Homegrown Player in league history to reach 15,000 minutes played, the youngest player to register 200 appearances, and the youngest player to score 50 goals. He ranks among the top five in the club record book in games played, goals, assists, shots, and more – and he just turned 25.
Shalrie Joseph | Midfielder | Years Played with Revolution: 2003-12; 2014
A general in central midfield who patrolled the grounds of Gillette Stadium for a decade, no player has seen more minutes in a Revolution shirt than Shalrie Joseph. Also the owner of club records for most games played and games started, few players in MLS history are as synonymous with a club as Joseph is with New England. A finalist for MLS MVP in 2009 to go along with four MLS Best XI and seven MLS All-Star selections, Joseph’s resume can go head-to-head with any midfielder across the first 25 years of MLS.
Lee Nguyen | Midfielder | Years Played with Revolution: 2012-18
New England’s talisman for the better part of a decade, Nguyen’s flair with the ball at his feet was matched only by his signature catalogue of hair styles. Nguyen’s 2014 campaign – which saw him post 18 goals and five assists en route to an MLS MVP nomination and an MLS Cup appearance – remains among the most productive statistical seasons in club history. Equally lethal playing a teammate through to goal as he was finding the back of the net himself, Nguyen departed New England in 2018 with exactly 100 combined goals and assists.
Steve Ralston | Midfielder | Years Played with Revolution: 2002-10
Owner of the second most assists in league history, Ralston spent a majority of his storied 15-year MLS career unlocking opposing defenses with an unrivaled combination of craftiness, touch, and vision in New England. Ralston’s 73 assists with the Revolution are 24 more than any other player in club history – and only one shy of Landon Donovan’s all-time MLS record. One of three players to appear in all of New England’s first four MLS Cup finals, Ralston also contributed 42 goals for New England, which remains fourth most in club history.
Joe-Max Moore | Forward | Years Played with Revolution: 1996-99; 2003-04
The only member of the Revolution’s inaugural 1996 roster selected to the All-Time Team, Moore paced the first rendition of the Revs with 11 goals through 14 games. He recaptured New England’s Golden Boot in 1999 with 15 goals – a total that has been exceeded only five times in club history. The 1999 MLS All-Star totaled 98 games played and 94 starts between the regular season and playoffs, with a combined 77 goals and assists to his credit.
Taylor Twellman | Forward | Years Played with Revolution: 2002-10
With a claim as the greatest pure goal scorer in MLS history, Twellman’s club record of 101 goals is unlikely to be contested any time soon. Able to score seemingly at will with his right foot, left foot, or his head, Twellman remains one of only 11 players to eclipse the 100-goal plateau through the league’s 25-year history – despite playing only eight seasons. Twellman’s goal-scoring prowess paved the way for four MLS Cup final appearances and a U.S. Open Cup trophy.