Shalrie Joseph was the 14th overall pick of the 2002 MLS Super Draft. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Chivas USA has traded midfielder Shalrie Joseph to the Seattle Sounders, according to sources in a Soccer By Ives report. The Sounders will send Chivas USA a 2014 second-round pick in return.
Chivas USA was known to be shopping Joseph, a Grenada native, after he fell out of favor with new manager Jose Luis Sanchez Sola who stated publicly that the former New England standout was not part of the team’s future plans.
Joseph completed a tryout with the Sounders Saturday with Seattle coach Sigi Schmid expressing little optimism that he would join his side.
"It's very evident that he hasn't trained in a while," Schmid said. "It's evident that he's very much behind physically, as well. He still needs to make improvements in that regard. You can see little sparks of what Shalrie has brought over the years -- that's why he was a Best XI player -- but he's still a ways away from that form. So having him here for a couple days of training gave us a chance to evaluate him and see where he is, how far he is away from what we think is his top form, and he gets a chance to see where he's at, because obviously Chivas didn't have him train there, so he needed to measure himself. There were some good spots, but still a lot of growth and improvement for him, because he knows the caliber of player he is and where he's played at in the past."
Apparently the teams talked it out, bringing the Sounders a former All-Star midfielder.