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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