New England Set To Trade Shalrie Joseph

New England Set To Trade Shalrie Joseph

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 1, 2012
  • Designated Players, Features, Shalrie Joseph, Trade

Shalrie Joseph is set to move to the West Coast with Chivas USA. (Getty Images)

UPDATED: Chivas sends Blair Gavin, a second round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft and allocation money in exchange for Joseph.

When you think of the New England Revolution, you typically think of Shalrie Joseph. But now that all will be coming to an end.

According to Joseph’s agent Ron Waxman, the New England Revolution are set to deal the Designated Player midfielder to Chivas USA.

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Neither club has commented on the deal yet but sources tell me the Goats will send one player, possibly a draft pick and allocation back to New England in the deal. My guess on the player is either a midfielder like Blair Gavin or Ben Zemanski.

Once the deal goes through, this will end a 10-year run for Joseph and the Revs. He has endured some minor injury issues this season, starting in 15 of the New England’s 21 matches this season.

Joseph became a DP at the beginning of the season after a couple seasons of wanting a higher contract and a couple near transfers to clubs overseas. He also marks the forth DP traded this season behind Eric Hassli, Alvaro Fernandez and Julian de Guzman.

Chivas is obviously looking at the playoff race at the moment and are wanting to make that big push to get closer to the LA Galaxy, Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders in the west. Right now they are seven points back of LA and are in a big need of some offensive help. Adding a defensive midfielder doesn’t seem like the right cure to me but Joseph has been known to add in some goals here and there in his career.

Joseph joins fellow former Eastern Conference standouts Juan Agudelo and Dan Califf as high-profile additions by Chivas USA this season. Chivas will really need to lean on these three if they want to make the playoffs.

As for New England, I am still trying to understand the logic behind trading one of your best players. I suppose it is a two parter for manager Jay Heaps. He has a central midfield duo at the moment in Clyde Simms and Benny Feilhaber that is working better for him and unloading the 34-year old Joseph gets his club instantly younger.

What do you all make of this deal?