By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — Former New England Revolution broadcaster and assistant coach Paul Mariner passed away on Friday after a battle with brain cancer, according to his family. He was 68.

His family released a statement through his Twitter account.

“We regretfully inform you that Paul passed away peacefully on 9 July surrounded by his family, after a brief battle with brain cancer,” the statement said. “We would like to thank all the people who came to see him through his illness for their support and the messages that were sent to him; they meant a great deal to him and us.”

A native of England, Mariner was soccer star in his home country before making his way to the United States. He participated in the 1980 European Championship and 1982 World Cup for England and scored 13 goals in 35 appearances.

Later in his career, Mariner played for Arsenal and Portsmouth before playing in Australia and the United States. In Australia, he played for Wollongong City. In the United States, he played with Albany Capitals and San Francisco Bay.

Following his playing days, he joined the coaching ranks and began his career there in New England. After serving as an assistant coach with Harvard in 2003, he joined the Revs coaching staff as an assistant under Stevie Nichol from 2004-2009.

Mariner later rejoined the Revolution in 2014 as a color commentator for the team’s television and radio broadcasts.

“The New England Revolution are deeply saddened by the news today regarding the death of Paul Mariner,” the Revolution said in a statement on Saturday. “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.”

He was in the Revs color commentary role from 2014-2019.

CBSBoston.com Staff