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Shalrie Joseph contract restructured, DP slot opened

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Despite injuries Joseph is a part of Sigi Schmid's plans in the future and Adrian Hanauer's plans for the current transfer window.

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When Seattle Sounders FC acquired Shalrie Joseph it cost them a Designated Player slot. The new deal, announced by the club, will remove that valuable player designation while extending the four time Best XI midfielder. Details, as per MLS policy, are lacking.

Seattle Sounders FC and midfielder Shalrie Joseph have agreed to a new contract, it was announced today. Joseph will no longer occupy a Designated Player spot for Sounders FC.

Joseph has started four of his seven MLS appearances this season, logging 429 minutes. Joseph, 35, is a four-time MLS Best XI player and eight-time All-Star. Overall, he has made 280 appearances over his 11-year MLS career, scoring 39 goals with 35 assists.

Joseph has four starts and three substitution appearances in 2013 with two stints of minor calf injuries that have reduced his playing time. He is currently rehabbing having last played in the 2-nil loss to Vancouver when he helped the team create numerous unfinished chances.

The move to restructure the deal also frees up Sounders FC to pursue and sign a Designated Player during the Summer Transfer Window. The window closes on August 8th, but as per club practice they routinely scout a couple windows ahead in case circumstances free them to make a move.

Adrian Hanauer said that the goal of the club is to add one or two significant pieces to the club when he was on Nos Audietis. The team likely only has the cap room for one DP and minimum contracts, but that one addition can now be as big as an MLS team can dream.

As a reminder, a midseason senior DP hits the salary cap at $175,000, as opposed to $367,000. Signing a youth DP would count $150,000 against the salary cap.