Chris Tierney is in his third year playing left midfield for the New England Revolution.

Chris Tierney, a wide left midfielder for the New England Revolution, spent a month of his off season not vacationing with friends and family, but volunteering for HIV/AIDS outreach with Grassroot Soccer in South Africa.

Tierney is 24 and heading into his third season with the Revolution. The Massachusetts native graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelors degree in psychology and was spotted by the Revolution in the 2008 invitation-only tryout and drafted in the Supplemental Draft the following day.

He traveled to South Africa alone and joined a group of ten interns who have volunteered a year of their time, unpaid, to Grassroot Soccer. GRS has offices throughout Africa and Tierney was the only MLS player involved over the winter break.

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Article written by L.E. Eisenmenger  for  Boston Ma, Jan 29, 2010.