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August 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Shalrie Joseph no longer a DP after agreeing to a new contract with Sounders FC

Seattle Sounders FC LogoThe Sounders made a big move Thursday by agreeing to a new contract with Shalrie Joseph that, as a result, means the midfielder will no longer be a designated player.

That means Seattle has an available DP slot on the roster and a week left in the summer transfer window to potentially sign a difference maker on the run to an MLS Cup. The team had opened up international roster slots and cap space by cutting Ashani Fairclough and Sammy Ochoa recently.

The Sounders’ two other DPs are midfielder Mauro Rosales and forward Obafemi Martins.

Joseph, 35, has started four of his seven MLS games played this season and played 429 minutes. He is a four-time Best XI selection and eight-time All-Star with 39 goals and 35 assists in his 11-year career.

There is certainly more to come in the next week or so, call this the first domino. I’ve posted the team’s DP history below. A midseason DP charge is $175,000 and a Young DP counts $150,000.

What do you make of the news?

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Freddie Ljungberg (signed on Oct. 28, 2008 … traded to Chicago on July 30, 2010)
Blaise Nkufo (signed March 4, 2010, arrived July 17, 2010, bought out Mar. 15, 2011)
Alvaro Fernandez (signed July 29, 2010, traded to Chicago on July 27, 2012)
Fredy Montero (re-signed as DP on Dec. 1, 2010 … loan to Millonarios on Jan. 21, 2013 … loan to Sporting Lisbon on July 22, 2013)
Christian Tiffert (signed on July 27, 2012, bought out Mar. 2, 2013)
Mauro Rosales (re-signed on Dec. 13, 2011, classified as DP before 2012 season … current)
Shalrie Joseph (acquired on Feb. 19, 2013 … agreed to new non-DP contract Aug. 1, 2013)
Obafemi Martins (signed on March 15, 2013 … current)

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