I’ve been saying for a while not to write this one off and it appears that this one time I might be correct. Soccer By Ives, as well as other independent confirmations, are saying that Shalrie Joseph has been acquired by the Seattle Sounders FC for a second round pick in the 2014 draft.
How much of his salary is picked up by the Sounders is unknown at this point.
But being that the Sounders didn’t have much room left is an indication that he likely won’t be a designated player. (wrong, wrong, wrong)
Now, it’s to be determined what position he’ll play and if it’ll affect the immediate shape of the Seattle Sounders. Personally, I think it’s unlikely and that he’ll be headed to the back line and couple with Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, but that’s pure conjecture on my behalf.
I will say that there is a lot to like about a player of his calibre and to get him because Chivas USA is throwing away players without Hispanic backgrounds, is a full win for Seattle. Joseph may not have the mobility that he had years ago, but his left foot and keen instincts are more than enough to make him an affective centreback and possibly fight with Patrick Ianni for that #2 spot on the depth chart.
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Update: According to Joshua Mayers he is a designated player. Damn it.
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Update #2: It appears that couple of things may be in the works but first let’s clear things up. The Sounders get Shalrie Joseph, a move up to the #3 spot in the allocation order AND get a pair of second round draft picks for 2014 and 15 respectively.
Also, It appears that the full hit to the cap won’t just be on the Sounders, The Goats are taking on some of that Monster too. Which make’s it slightly easier to swallow. Slightly.
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Update #3: And this is my favourite little nugget