Shalrie Joseph Signs New Sounders Contract; Is No Longer a Designated Player

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The veteran midfielder’s restructuring creates a DP vacancy in Seattle.

Shalrie Joseph has penned a new contract with the Seattle Sounders.

Under the terms of the new contract, Joseph will no longer be a Designated Player in Seattle. This means that there are now only two DP’s left on the Sounders roster, Mauro Rosales and Obafemi Martins.

This is sure to only increase speculation as to who will fill the newly-vacated DP slot. With rumours of Clint Dempsey joining looking to be most likely inaccurate, this is still as strong a sign as any that a new signing will be heading to Seattle.

2013 has been Joseph’s first season with the Sounders. He was traded to Seattle from Chivas USA in a now infamous trade, as Seattle were actually given supplementary incentives to take the midfielder and his massive wage off of Chivas’ books.

Joseph has only made seven appearances for the Sounders so far this season, but at 35 years of age he is far from expected to play every game.

Despite the revitalising introduction of Nigerian international Obafemi Martins, the Sounders have still been struggling for goals – a major factor as to why they are currently languishing around the foot of the Western Conference. For a new attacking DP to arrive at the Sounders would be a huge boost.

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