Shalrie Joseph And The Sounders

It’s kind of my thing to have a dissenting opinion among people who know what their actually talking about. It’s not because I intend to be argumentative –though I’m sure that’s what most of my friends (and wife) would like to believe–I just find certain things standout to me more than others.

I think it’s interesting that when Shalrie Joseph was brought up by a small minority of supporters, most brushed it aside for various reasons, though admittedly most discarded the idea due to cap constraints. But one magical day Shalrie Joseph shows up in camp.

I now think it’s interesting that most are saying that the deal is either not happening or unlikely. My question to all of you: What did you expect Sigi to say?

Did you think that someone would come back and say he’s in full form? Obviously that wasn’t the truth, I think most of us realistically looked at his situation and in two limited days understood that he likely wasn’t going to come in and do what he did for the Revs two years ago. Atleast, I hope you didn’t have those expectations. Joseph is behind the curve big time but Sigi was never going to come out and say that he’s worth his designated player salary (yes, I was wrong about that…)?

Take a look at his comments:

“It’s very evident that he hasn’t trained in a while, It’s evident that he’s very much behind physically, as well. He still needs to make improvements in that regard. You can see little sparks of what Shalrie has brought over the years — that’s why he was a Best XI player — but he’s still a ways away from that form. So having him here for a couple days of training gave us a chance to evaluate him and see where he is, how far he is away from what we think is his top form, and he gets a chance to see where he’s at, because obviously Chivas didn’t have him train there, so he needed to measure himself. There were some good spots, but still a lot of growth and improvement for him, because he knows the caliber of player he is and where he’s played at in the past. At the end of the day, it’s something that would be great if it happened. The expectations are no, that it’s probably not going to happen.”


I’m not saying that the team is secretly still trying to make a deal or that Sigi’s statements are purely posturing, but I think you have to consider that Sigi also is going to attempt to put Adrian in the best position possible. Chivas USA is near desperate to unload him and the Sounders could use him. It’s not crazy to think that a deal still could get done.

I get that most people are reporting just the facts. And it’s 100% truthful to say that the Sounders are of the position that a “[deal is] probably not going to happen”. But I’ll remind you that Eddie Johnson was a similar situation last year and despite popular opinion they pulled the trigger.

Again, who knows what the future holds. But considering the depth behind Ozzie and the state of the centreback situation, I could still see the Sounders making a move for him. But that’s just my opinion.


Topics: Eddie Johnson, Shalrie Joseph

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