Seattle opened one of its three DP slots Thursday by announcing that midfielder Shalrie Joseph had signed a new contract that does no include the DP status of his previous one.
That move is the latest in a series of roster reductions that included the waiving of defender Ashani Fairclaugh on June 27 and the waiving of forward Sammy Ochoa on July 24.
The summer transfer windown closes Aug. 8: one week from today.
No Sounders spokesperson was immediately available to discuss the latest roster move, however, general manager Adrian Hanauer said this last week:
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"We are actively pursuing a couple of different angles. But as you guys know by now, it will be done when it’s really done: signed, sealed and delivered."
Here is the press released issued by the club today:
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. Sounders FC hosts FC Dallas on Saturday, August 3. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.