Update: Seattle has 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. Joseph will occupy a Designated Player slot for Seattle.
Call it a change of heart. Just when you thought the Seattle Sounders weren’t interested in midfielder Shalrie Joseph, they changed their minds.
Reports now say that Seattle has traded for the veteran midfielder from Chivas USA for a second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
No word yet on how much Seattle is actually going to be paying Joseph this season. He was slated to become a Designated Player in 2013. I can’t imagine Seattle would give up their open DP slot for a guy that isn’t a striker. Chivas USA will likely be on the hook for a good chunk of Joseph’s salary, if not all of it. I’d imagine this will be a deal that is very similar to what we saw out of Toronto FC last year when they sent Julian de Guzman packing to Dallas for a second round draft pick.
Furthermore, it will be interesting to see what changed Seattle’s minds. Joseph was in camp for one day before head coach Sigi Schmid claimed that a deal wouldn’t be done and that Joseph was out of shape.