Shalrie Joseph, the 34-year-old Grenadian midfielder is coming to Seattle. Joseph will occupy a Designated Player slot for Seattle, according to a club release.
Joseph had briefly trained with the squad in pre-season.
“We’ve always liked Shalrie. He fitted in on the field and with the guys. We expect he’s going to contribute significantly. He isn’t particularly fit right now. I think he would admit it,” said Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer in a teleconference call.
Hanauer added there was more to come:
Without jumping too far ahead, there’s a high likelihood that Djimi Traore will be with our team. I’d be lying if I said that we’re not also very interested in acquiring another forward. I’d (also) be lying if I said that wasn’t a player who could fill that DP role or position.
On Argentinian TV reports about the Malaga striker, Saviola, Hanauer poured cold water on the reports.
“We rate Saviola very highly but I believe he’s discovered by another team in the league. At this time there are no conversations about Saviola playing for the Sounders.”
Asked if the Joseph’s DP status meant the end of a search for a big name international striker or trading an existing one, Hanauer cautioned that there are still some avenues open to him:
“If we were to find another DP in the coming two weeks, then yes [they'd have to trade one].
Up until March 2, we can buy out a DP. After that we can’t. Each team can buy out completely one player up until the beginning of a season. That means if it’s a $50k or a $5m player, you come to an agreement that the player is not going to play for you again. You contact the league and negotiate a settlement.”
In the Joseph deal, Sounders have also acquired the No. 3 Allocation ranking, a 2014 natural second round SuperDraft pick and a 2015 natural second round SuperDraft pick from Chivas USA in exchange for Seattle’s No. 15 Allocation ranking.
“We’re happy to add a player of Shalrie’s experience to our team,” said Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid in a club release.
“He’s been to MLS Cups before in his tenure with New England. He’s a player that has proven himself to be a leader in game situations and a player of his quality can only help us be a better team as we move into this season. “
Joseph had spent the bulk of his MLS career at New England Revs and had not made as great impact at his new club in California making just 12 appearances and playing 1080 minutes.
He was selected by the Revolution in the second round (14th overall) of the 2002 MLS SuperDraft and spent the best part of a decade there making 254 appearances and scoring 37 goals. His best season came in 2009 when he netted eight goals and eight assists.
He was a 2008 MLS All Star.
New Chivas coach José Luis Sánchez Solá indicated at the start of his team’s 2013 training camp that Joseph was not in his plans.
Joseph will join Sounders FC on Wednesday in Tucson, Arizona.