It’s now being reported that this is a trial and that Chivas USA still owns his rights.
According to multiple reports by both Liviu Bird and Joshua Mayers it would appear that former New England Revolution, and former designated player, defensive stalwart Shalrie Joseph is in camp this morning. Joseph was traded last year from the Revolutions to Chivas USA for Blair Gavin and a second round pick in the 2013 Superdraft.
So, like a bad joke, Joseph just walked into Sounders camp up in Starfire this morning with a picture from the Seattle Times beat reporter Mayers sending out a picture via his twitter account.
The immediate reaction among most around the social networking world is that it’s an alright move, should it infact be headed that way, but with the understanding that Joseph is owed quiet a large pile of money. The idea among most supporters is that we should be trending the opposite way with the cap.
But this is problem I have with that type of reasoning follows
A) We don’t have full knowledge of the Sounders cap situation. Pretending that we do gets us in trouble. Guys like Dave Clark and Jeremiah Oshan have said of recent that the cap situation is, by their sources, leads them to the conclusion that the situation “looks healthier”.
B) It that it’s been noted that when Chivas took on Joseph that they didn’t take on much of his contract. In fact, as you may notice he was one a DP and now is not. Furthering the situation, and I can’t seem to find the reference now, Chivas has supposedly–and I don’t intended to throw out erroneous information, so if I’m wrong please correct me–said they’re willing to take on some of his contract to move him.
When you talking about productivity and you are forced into a situation to consider financial constraints it’s not as simple as “Is this guy keen enough to pay him?”. I’m pretty certain that if there was no cap limit the situation in Seattle wouldn’t be quiet the same situation. Acquiring a guy like Shalrie Joseph would be more about “does he have anything left?” and while that’s certainly a question, we are all forced to ask, and hold the club accountable for the price they pay for Joseph.
A lot of this won’t even matter if he doesn’t end up working out.