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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Local Olympian, Shen grad named assistant coach to MLS Utah squad

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Local Olympian, Shen grad named assistant coach to MLS Utah squad

SANDY, Utah — Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Lagerwey today announced that former MLS player Miles Joseph has joined the 2009 MLS Cup Champions as an assistant coach. Joseph, a native of Clifton Park, played in six MLS seasons from 1996-2001 for the (NY/NJ) MetroStars, Columbus Crew and Dallas Burn. Joseph scored 12 career goals in 125 total games for the teams, and was a teammate of current RSL Head Coach Jason Kreis during the 2001 campaign in Dallas. Joseph replaces former RSL assistant coach Brian Johnson, who left the club to pursue other opportunities.
"This opportunity is a dream come true for me," said Joseph. "The entire Real Salt Lake staff is comprised of former teammates or opponents from my playing days, and they have obviously taken what they learned as players to reach the pinnacle of their profession as coaches with the MLS Cup 2009 win. I'm anxious to work alongside them as we prepare to defend the title."

By hiring another ex-MLS player, Real Salt Lake maintains the distinction among Major League Soccer's 16 teams of having the only group of coaches and a general manager composed entirely of former MLS players. The RSL braintrust now boasts cumulative MLS experience of 71,242 total minutes, covering 902 games and including 126 goals and 22 shutouts (the equivalent of nearly 30 complete seasons of service). With the addition of Miles Joseph (12 goals, 125 games, 7,060 minutes) to Jason Kreis (112 goals, 327 games, 26,693 minutes), Robin Fraser (2 goals, 290 games, 25,489 minutes) , Jeff Cassar (15 shutouts, 84 games, 7,138 minutes) and Garth Lagerwey (7 shutouts, 56 games, 4,692 minutes) , the RSL soccer staff has the unparalleled ability to tap into personal experience as it guides, assists and develops current RSL players.

"We selected Miles from a number of candidates and were impressed by his pedigree as a player and his youth development coaching experience," said Lagerwey. "We need people fully committed to doing everything necessary to defend our title and build a dynasty here in Utah. We hope Miles will be a great contributor to our continued success not only in MLS, but also in the CONCACAF Champions League and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup competitions."

Joseph, a Shenendehowa grad, earned All-America honors at Clemson University - where he was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Team - before being drafted with the 12th overall pick in the 1996 MLS College Draft by the MetroStars. A standout on the United States U-18 and U-20 Men's National Teams, Joseph was selected for the roster of the U.S. team at the 1993 U-20 World Cup held in Australia, scoring a goal in the 6-0 victory over Turkey. The U.S. went 1-1-1 in group play, qualifying for the second round where it fell to Brazil.

In 1996, U.S. coach Bruce Arena named Joseph to that year's U.S. Men's Olympic Team, participating in the Atlanta Summer Games. Once again, the team went 1-1-1, but this time failed to make the second round. Joseph earned his first cap with the full U.S. National Team when he came on for Cobi Jones in the 89th minute of a 3-1 win over El Salvador on August 30, 1996. In addition to having been coached by National Soccer Hall of Fame manager Arena, Joseph has also gained knowledge and experience while playing for international luminaries Fabio Capello (the current England National Team coach oversaw Joseph's trial with AC Milan in 1997), Carlos Quieroz (current Portugal National Team Coach), Carlos Alberto Parreira (former Brazil National Team Coach) and Bora Milutinovic (Bora coached five different National Teams), each of whom managed the MetroStars during Joseph's MLS career.

Since 2003, Joseph, 35, has been the Technical Director and Director of Coaching for the Players Soccer Academy. Joseph also concurrently served as Executive Director of NY Elite FC, located in his hometown of Clifton Park, a club that is presently composed of 25 elite boys and girls teams. Prior to those positions, Joseph served as an assistant coach on the Siena College women's program. During his Shenendehowa High School career, Joseph won three New York State championships, and was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year while earning All-America honors.

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