Grenada legend Joseph eager for Pure Grenada Cup launch

Shalrie Joseph (pictured) is shown playing in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League game for Seattle Sounders FC against host Santos on April 9, 2013, in Torreon, Mexico. (Photo: Mexsport)

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Former Grenada international Sharlrie Joseph is excited for the inaugural Pure Grenada Cup and is looking forward to playing a role in the Grenada Football Associaton (GFA) initiative's growth.

The 39-year-old enjoyed a standout career in Major League Soccer - playing in the 2008/09 (New England Revolution) and 2012/13 (Seattle Sounders FC) editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League -- and is now eying a potential coaching position in Grenada.

"I am hoping to finalize plans with the GFA in time to see a few of the matches in the Pure Grenada Cup" said Joseph, who represented Grenada at the youth level when Cheney Joseph -- current GFA president - was a coach. "Grenada has lots of talent and I am keen to see the lads and hopefully start working on future tournaments."

The Pure Grenada Cup, which will be played March 17-May 5, will be one of the major competitions used to select the local players for future Grenada national selections.

Eight teams will compete in the tournament involving the best 200 players on the island.

The participating sides and their respective parishes are St. Patrick (Crown City Strikers), St. Mark (Western Stars), St. John (Dolphins), St. George (Royal Canons), Carriacou and Petite Martinique (Maroons), St. Andrew (Big Parish Stars), St. David (Top Strikers) and the Grenada under-20 national team (Young Gunners).