Sounders free up designated player slot after signing Joseph to new contract

Sounders free up designated player slot after signing Joseph to new contract

MLS- Seattle Sounders

Sounders free up designated player slot after signing Joseph to new contract

ShalrieJoseph (USA Today)

By JUSTIN FERGUSON

With just one week to go before the MLS transfer window slams shut, the Seattle Sounders have set themselves up to sign a new key player for a potential playoff run.

The Sounders announced Thursday afternoon that they and midfielder Shalrie Joseph had agreed to a new contract. Joseph will no longer be a designated player for Seattle, who acquired the 35-year-old Grenadian international in February from Chivas USA.

Joseph’s new contract will free up a coveted designated player slot for the Sounders’ roster, but the club will have to act fast—the summer transfer window closes a week from Friday. As a result of this move, Obafemi Martins and Mauro Rosales are currently the only two designated players for Seattle.

The eight-time All-Star has started four of his seven appearances for Seattle as a pair of injuries have stunted his playing time for the club. He last played in the Sounders’ 2-0 loss last month to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

What do you think of this news? Who do you see the Sounders going after as a potential designated player? Think a new signing would push Seattle to a playoff run?

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