FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England midfielder Shalrie Joseph apologized for his comments hinting the Revoltion wanted to injure a Kansas City Wizards player who had caused a season-ending injury to teammate Steve Ralston.
Joseph said Monday night he was "still caught up in the heat of the match" when he spoke after the Revolution lost 3-1 to Kansas City on Saturday.
"I regret implying that we were looking for payback. I know my comments don't reflect the feelings of my teammates or the club," he said in a statement released by the team.
The Revolution also apologized for Joseph's remarks. "There was no concerted effort to single out any player on Kansas City's squad. We would never condone such behavior or actions," the team said.
Joseph got a yellow card in Saturday's final regular-season game for arguing a red card against teammate Khano Smith for sliding into Kansas City's Herculez Gomez along the sideline. Ralston's right leg was broken Oct. 11 in a tackle by Gomez, who drew four fouls before being taken out of Saturday's game.
"We knew coming in that we definitely wanted to give him payback and make him know we didn't appreciate what he did to Ralston." Joseph said Saturday night, complaining that Gomez hadn't been penalized for the play on Ralston.
"I have a ton of respect for those guys. I don't really have much to say on the situation," Gomez told The Kansas City Star on Saturday.
New England faces Chicago and Kansas City plays Columbus in the first round of the playoffs.
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