- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 30, 2010
- 4 Comments
- Steve Ralston
Yesterday was full of news and one bit of news that came down was surely more surprising than others. A little tweet on Twitter that said something along the lines of “Steve Ralston will not be returning to the Revs this year.” Of course I am paraphrasing that quote from Boston reporter Kyle McCarthy.
Ralston, the veteran midfielder and team captain has decided not to return to the Revs for the 2010 season.
“At the end of the day, they made me a reasonable offer,” Ralston told the Boston Herald. “It was a difficult decision for me and my family to make. It was just one of those things. It was the right time (to go).”
For a New England fan this is terrible news. Not only have you lost Jay Heaps and Jeff Larentowicz this offseason but now you lose your captain and leader in Ralston. How much worse could this winter be for you up there?
Ralston has been in the league since day one really. I remember his playing days in Tampa which really got me interested in the Mutiny and in the league when I was much younger. He is the league’s all-time leader in assists (135) and games played (378).
But the biggest part of this story is the lack of the “R” word, retirement. He didn’t announce it at this time, all he said was he wasn’t returning to the Revs.
So where does he go next?
You’d have to think a move in Major League Soccer suits him best. I’m sure plenty of clubs are hearing this news and are thinking they’d love to get their hands on him. A couple clubs come to mind like DC and Philadelphia right away. My reasons for those two are that both lack a true leader in the clubhouse right now (though you could make the case for Jamie Moreno in DC). Think is I doubt New England would let him go to a rival that easy. Basically you got to think he is going somewhere that doesn’t play on turf all the time.
Others out there like Ives seem to think either a move to St. Louis in the USSF Division II or even to a lower level division in England (former Revs’ assistant Paul Mariner’s side Plymouth).
When I look at the Revs and how they move forward from this I have to think that this could be a rough season there. Just think about the amount of talent they have either lose to Europe or traded away in recent years. Its adding up in a big time now with Ralston on this list. Not only have they lose Larentowicz and Wells Thompson but they’ve also recently lost Michael Parkhurst, Andy Dorman and Clint Dempsey. Think about that talent for a moment.
At the end of the day I see Ralston staying in MLS. He’s always been a WVH fave so I do wish him the very best in where ever he does end up at.