February 8, 2013
SHALRIE IN SEATTLE
Joseph on trial with the Sounders
Former St. John's standout midfielder Shalrie Joseph is on trial with the Seattle Sounders.
Joseph, whose Major League Soccer rights are owned by Chivas USA, is attempting to catch on with another club after new coach Jose Luis “Chelis” Sanchez Sola said central midfielder was not in the club’s plans for this season.
The 34-year-old Joseph trained as a central midfielder..
Joseph said he realized he wasn't wanted by Chivas on the second day of training.
"It was frustrating to be there and Day 2 I realized this might not be the place for me," he told the Seattle Times. "And after speaking to the coach and hearing what the coach wanted, it definitely wasn't the place for me and it was on to what I can do next for my career. I had the opportunity, I talked to my agent and he said, 'Where would you like to go?' and this was the first team I picked out of a hat that I wanted to play for. I know the organization, I know the coaches, I know some of the players and I think they have a winning organization. And I think I can be a great part of this if I get the opportunity. I wanted to come here and train and see what it's like."
Added Joseph: "It's been a frustrating couple of weeks here and there in LA. Now I'm just here enjoying getting back to playing again. It feels good to train with some guys who actually appreciate what I can bring to a team, and for me it's just trying to stamp my authority, get out there and kick the ball around and just get back to what I love doing, which is playing soccer."
Dealing 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. He might have to be bought out by Chivas or have his contract renegotiated with the league if the Sounders are interested.