What kind of impact can the aging Shalrie Joseph have on the Sounders?
Patience is a virtue that I need to practice a little more of.
For example, had I been a little more patient with my Seattle Sounders FC “Camp Chronicles” report this morning I would have been able to insert the biggest Sounders news of the off-season side the Montero departure — the addition of his designated player replacement.
The Sounders organization confirmed this afternoon that they have acquired seven-time all-star Shalrie Joseph, two second-round MLS SuperDraft Picks and the third spot in the allocation order from Chivas USA for one 2014 SuperDraft pick.
Joseph, a player capable of playing every position on the pitch, is best known for his ling tenure in New England where he shined as one of the best players in the MLS, including an MVP runner-up season. Now though, Joseph is 35 years old, a step or two behind his heyday and “a little out of shape” according to Sounders manager Sigi Schmid. The move is still a positive in getting an MLS veteran into the Seattle fold, it could also mean a new era in the Sounders formation and the official end of Christian Tiffert’s time in Seattle.
I’m not 100 percent sold on this move for the aging star, a move even called a bit risky by DM Adrian Hanauer. The biggest hangup with the deal by far is that Joseph will occupy the open DP slot for the time being, and even though all indications are that a major DP signing (someone from La Liga, there’s like 20 rumors floating around right now) won’t come until summer it’s not promissing that the three current DP’s are Mauro Rosales, Tiffert and Joseph. This is a team that needs to get younger.
On the flip side though, as a fan I’m happy to welcome in any new player and his MLS experience will be unmatched, as will his versatility on the pitch. With that said, here’s how my March 2nd lineup against Montreal now looks for the Rave Green. Key to note on this starting XI is the absence of Mario Martinez — he will start a lot of games, but it will be a three-man rotation between him, Zakuani and Evans.
Good luck, Shalrie.