MLS- New England Revolution

Revs trade Joseph to Chivas USA (updated)

ShalrieJosephTraded (ISIPhotos.com)

For years, there was no player more synonymous with the New England Revolution than Shalrie Joseph, but it appears the Joseph era is ending for the Revs.

According to Joseph's agent, Ron Waxman, New England is trading Joseph to Chivas USA. Waxman revealed the trade on Twitter on early Wednesday morning. Neither team has announced the deal yet, but the reaction of Joseph's former New England teammates on Twitter suggest the trade has been completed. It remains unclear just what Chivas USA would be sending to the Revs in the deal.

(UPDATE- The teams have formally announced the trade and Chivas USA is sending midfielder Blair Gavin, a second round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money to the Revolution in exchange for Joseph.)

With Joseph headed west, the move signals the end of a ten-year run with the Revs that saw Joseph develop into one of the best midfielders in MLS history. A four-time MLS Best XI selection, the 34-year-old midfielder came into the 2012 season as a Designated Player, earning more than $500,000 this season. He has endured some minor injury issues this season, starting in 15 of the New England's 21 matches this season.

Chivas USA is in the thick of a playoff push, and currently stands seven points behind the LA Galaxy for the final spot in the Western Conference playoffs with three games in hand. Joseph joins fellow former Eastern Conference standouts Juan Agudelo and Dan Califf as high-profile additions by Chivas USA this season.

So why would New England unload the team's captain and most recognizable player? That is unclear at the moment, but with Benny Feilhaber and Clyde Simms as central midfield options alongside Kelyn Rowe and Stephen McCarthy, New England might have just seen an opportunity to deal a high-priced older player at a position of depth in order to bolster another position on the field.

What do you think of Joseph being dealt to Chivas USA?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Seriously?

    Heh, really? You honestly think that Shalrie this season was worth the money he was getting, and the Krafts were the ones pushing for this move, and that under a free spending owner there would have been no legitimate reason to make this move, that it won’t help the team? Yes the Krafts were cheap in the past, but I do think things have changed, and to say that this move was decided solely on economics is like saying Shalrie is just as good now as he was a few years ago.

    Reminiscing aside, I like this move. He seemed to be in the line up based more on history than current play. Benching him could possibly have caused strife in the locker room that you often see when an aging player doesn’t want to admit he’s lost a step, and as was said, going to grass is also probably a good move for him – so it should be good for all involved.


  • Ted

    yeah, maybe like 7 years ago, the dude is way too old to go to the prem, not to mention he wasn’t been playing well on a team that’s on the wrong end of the Eastern conference standings


  • Puffer

    Agreed. Say what you will about the stadium, turf, management, etc. But negative play? They are one of the most exciting teams to watch. Especially when they blow every lead with 10 minutes left.


  • chris

    hahahahaha you’re really dumb! I don’t think you’ve watched Shalrie play in half a decade


  • Pop

    when is the MLS going to get rid of the silly draft? No other soccer league on the planet does this draft sillyness.


  • Jimey

    Joseph is twice the player that Simms will ever be…They better be bringing in somebody good.

    As for Chivas, it looks like they have more ambition than crosstown rival LA


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