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February 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Surprise! Shalrie Joseph joins training camp (Friday notes)

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UPDATE 2:00 p.m. — This post has been updated with a few quotes…

There was a surprising and new face in Sounders FC training Friday: MLS veteran Shalrie Joseph, who starred for New England for many years and is currently under contract with Chivas USA.

A Sounders spokesman said Joseph is just an invitee, though a report from The Washington Post claims Seattle and Chivas USA are in ongoing trade talks.

Coach Sigi Schmid declined to confirm as much after Friday’s practice.

“He’s still property of Chivas and we have permission to look at him, so we’re looking at him a little bit,” Schmid said.

“He’s a quality player. He’s always been a quality player. He’s been involved on good teams. I thought he was a main cog in their team that got to MLS Cups for a lot of years. He’s the kind of guy who talks a lot on the field and helps direct younger players. So there’s a lot of positive qualities to him, but it’s also we’re a team that’s cap constrained and there’s a lot of things to work out.”

We chatted with Joseph for a bit, and I’ll have more from that later, but he said he’s very hopeful of being a Sounder and had Seattle at the top of his list when it came to finding a new club. It’s been no secret that he isn’t in Chivas USA’s plans going forward.

When asked when he new the relationship wasn’t working, Joseph said: “Day 2.”

Eddie Johnson also weighed in on Joseph’s addition to camp.

“It was a surprise when I pulled up to training,” Johnson said. “I talked to him like a month ago when we were in L.A. training with the national team; he was down there working out. It was good. If I was a coach, I’d take him. We all know what he can do. We all know the effect he’s had in this league. He’s a very good player, a very experienced player and so I wouldn’t mind having him here.”

There were some other moves regarding the training camp roster. No longer here are supplemental draft pick Kevin Olali and trialist Guy Essame. Trialist Mason Trafford wasn’t at training Friday and is expected to be gone, but that’s not 100% official yet.

Non-contract guys still in camp are Doug Herrick, Dylan Remick, Ashani Fairclough, Leo Lelis, Shavar Thomas, Djimi Traore, Lebogang Moloto, Jennings Rex, Travis Bowen and, of course, Joseph.

Draft pick Will Bates is also with the team put unable to participate due to knee surgery. Phillip Lund is still with the team but was out sick Friday.

Servando Carrasco was out Friday with a concussion suffered in the preseason game against the Timbers. Christian Tiffert is carrying a minor injury right now and was one of a few guys training to the side (Osvaldo Alonso, Andy Rose, Andrew Duran).

Johnson, as we can tell from the updated post, was back with the team but just worked out inside. Other national team guys like Brad Evans, Adam Johansson and Mario Martinez are expected in Saturday.

Patrick Ianni is still using crutches and wearing a protective boot; Schmid had no update on his progress since the defender was set to meet again with the doctor this afternoon.

More to come.


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