January 24, 2013
NOT IN THEIR PLANS
Report: Chivas coach says Joseph will be dealt
Don't expect Grenada international midfielder Shalrie Joseph to be with Chivas USA when i opens its Major League Soccer season in March.
Jose Luis "Chelis" Sanchez Sola said on Wednesday that Joseph will not play a role with the team this season.
“He’s a great player, but he is not in my plans,” Sanchez Sola told MLSSoccer.com.
Joseph, a former Brooklyn, N.Y. resident and St. John's University standout, is considered one of the best holding/defensive midfielders in the 17-year history of Major League Soccer.
Obtained in a trade with the New England Revolution last season, the four-time MLS Best XI selection has not trained with the team during the pre-season. He did report to camp last week.
“He showed up the first day with an injury and after that has not returned,” Sanchez Sola said. “Maybe he’s sick, maybe he’s injured, I don’t know what’s going on with him.”
Dealing the 34-year-old Joseph to another team might be difficult because of his huge salary. Last year Joseph earned a base salary of $495,000 and a guaranteed salary of $554,333.33.
“Management knows he’s not in my plans,” Sanchez Sola was quoted by MLSSoccer.com. “Hopefully he’ll be able to play with another team.”
Joseph forged his reputation, playing with the Revs for a decade. He has made 30 international appearances for Grenada, scoring three goals.