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Looking at Shalrie Joseph’s trade to Seattle

Feb 21, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

Kalif Alhassan, Shalrie Joseph

We all knew that Shalrie Joseph was done with Chivas USA. Left to be resolved was: where the veteran midfielder might land, and how two clubs could configure the numbers to get Joseph’s big salary number off Chivas USA’s cap.

The team from Southern California was desperate to do so.

So Seattle got a bunch in the swap. Yes, Seattle scored a virtual bag of loot to take Joseph, which is not the way these things usually work.

The Sounders received Chivas USA’s No. 3 allocation ranking, a second-round pick in the 2014 and 2015 draft and will pay a portion of Joseph’s salary this year.

All that so Joseph and his Designated Player tag could arrive in Seattle.

In a sense, Chivas didn’t give all that much. Given the team’s player development model, they were less likely than other clubs to exploit the allocation ranking or the draft picks, since the majority of those selections don’t come with Mexican or Mexican-American heritage.

For Seattle, this makes more sense if they want Joseph as a center back, or perhaps as a utility man who can fill in at center back or as Osvaldo Alonso’s backup at the holding midfield spot.

Because Joseph, with diminished range at age 35, is no threat unseat the Sounders busy incumbent in the screening midfield role.

Seattle is full up on Designated Players now. Sigi Schmid told me last week the team’s cap situation was already mighty tight; this is going to squeeze it even more.

All of that is to say, the roster is what it is. That means any dreams or signing Argentine star Javier Saviola this summer just went “poof!” Unless, that is, the Sounders write a big check to buy out one of their DPs, either Joseph, Mauro Rosales or Christian Tiffert.

  1. charliej11 - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I don’t think that means that signing went as “poof” as you think.
    Sigi said exactly that the other day. It may or may not happen, but there are a lot of ways around that and Seattle has the means to do it.
    If you were a betting man, would you go with one of the most profitable teams in all the world of soccer, or a team that is on the verge of being punished for being the exact opposite. There are other factors obviously, both plusses and minuses.

    With as good as some of the young guys look at Seattle, look out if they add someone that can score a ton. Can they start a guy who has never played a real professional game and is 19 over a guy who plays for the Swedish Nat team ? In the first game of the year ?

  2. thekingofnorway - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Steve, the Sounders could buy out one of their 3 DPs, but another, more likely scenario being mooted around these parts appears to be an extension for Rosales with a renegotiated salary that would bring him underneath the DP threshold. All indications we’re getting in Soundersland are that Hanauer and Co. still want to bring in a DP attacker.

  3. Richard Farley - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Good points, guys. And I’m pretty sure my man Steve would agree. At least, that’s what the last sentence of the post tells us.

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