Former New England Revolution assistant coach and color commentator Paul Mariner passed away on Friday evening after battling brain cancer. He was 68 years old. His family shared the news in a statement on Saturday.
A message from the Mariner family. pic.twitter.com/MjVK1xXtuG— Paul Mariner (@Paul_Mariner) July 10, 2021
Mariner spent 20 years playing soccer professionally, including making 60 appearances for Arsenal in the mid-80’s. He also played for England’s National Team from 1977-1985.
In 2003, Mariner took his first coaching job as an assistant at Harvard. The next year, the Revolution hired him in the same role, where he stayed until 2009. During his tenure, the Revs reached three straight MLS Finals, from 2005-2007.
After serving as the manager of Toronto FC, Mariner joined the Revs’ broadcast team in 2014, joining play-by-play announcer Brad Feldman. The duo were the voices of New England soccer on both TV and radio.
Following his passing, the Revolution released a statement reading, “The New England Revolution are deeply saddened by the news today regarding the death of Paul Mariner. An incredible player, coach, and broadcaster, Paul’s unwavering kindness and good humor left an indelible mark on all who knew him and his Revolution family will remember him best as a beloved friend. Our thoughts are with the Mariner family at this difficult time.”