Accomplished MLS veteran Shalrie Joseph was once again in Sounders FC camp Saturday, but it appears it might’ve been his last day.
Coach Sigi Schmid said the understanding with Chivas USA was that this would be a two-day tryout, and early impressions didn’t appear good.
“It’s very evident that he hasn’t trained in a while,” Schmid said. “It’s evident that he’s very much behind physically, as well. He still needs to make improvements in that regard. You can see little sparks of what Shalrie has brought over the years — that’s why he was a Best XI player — but he’s still a ways away from that form. So having him here for a couple days of training gave us a chance to evaluate him and see where he is, how far he is away from what we think is his top form, and he gets a chance to see where he’s at, because obviously Chivas didn’t have him train there, so he needed to measure himself. There were some good spots, but still a lot of growth and improvement for him, because he knows the caliber of player he is and where he’s played at in the past.”
While the Sounders and Chivas USA will probably talk about things again, Schmid said there are a lot of hurdles in the way of getting a deal done: “At the end of the day, it’s something that would be great if it happened. The expectations are no, that it’s probably not going to happen.”
Schmid added that other MLS teams might take a look now, but it certainly doesn’t sound like Joseph will be traveling with the team Monday to Arizona.
There will also be a few other cuts from camp before the trip, so look out for those in a couple days.
In some other news, midfielder Osvaldo Alonso wasn’t at training to be a part of MLS marketing work in Miami, we were told. Midfielder Christian Tiffert, who’s still overcoming a knock, worked out inside, and Mario Martinez is set to join the team in Tucson (Schmid said it’s an excused absence).
The two other national team guys — Brad Evans and Adam Johansson — were back at practice and reporters chatted with both of them.
In some injury news, Schmid said defender Patrick Ianni (foot fracture) is still in the protective boot for a while and midfielder Servando Carrasco (concussion) started to train lightly today and should be full-in once training starts Tuesday in Tucson.
Lastly, Alex Caskey has given his number No. 27 jersey to Lamar Neagle (who wore that number in 2011). Caskey will take the No. 14 jersey that Neagle had been wearing.