The New England Revolution have announced today that they have re-signed the club’s former captain Steve Ralston today. Terms of the contract have not been released, but the 35-yard-old will rejoin the team tomorrow, Wednesday June 9, for training at Gillette.
Ralston signed with AC St. Louis of the second-division in January as a player/assistant coach. Ralston made his first appearance for his hometown club on May 22 after recovering from off-season rehabilitation after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. he was injured while playing for the Revolution on Spet. 26, 2009 in a match against Seattle Sounders FC at Gillette.
“We’re very pleased that Steve has decided to return to MLS and to New England,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “Steve has always been a consummate professional and we expect his leadership will benefit us both on and off the field. The bottom line is that we believe that Steve Ralston makes the Revolution a better club and we’re looking forward to his return.”
Ralston is the league leader in assists (135), appearances (378), starts (372) and minutes (33,143). he spent eight seasons with the Revolution (2001-2009), making 201 appearances, staring 196 of them, and is the club’s all-time leader in assists with 73 and second in goals scored with 42.
Ralston will again wear the number 14 jersey and Sainey Nyassi will wear 17.
New England is on a break from MLS play but will host Brazilian side Cruzeiro on Sunday, June 13, at Gillette Stadium. The Revs will resume MLS play on June