Updated Feb 20, 2013 - 2:38 pm
Sounders Acquire MLS Veteran Shalrie Joseph
Sounders FC owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer shared his thoughts during a press conference on the acquisition of Shalrie Joseph and other potential moves.
Hanauer praised the 10-year MLS veteran Shalrie Joseph and his ability to play as a forward, midfielder and back.
"His [resume] kind of speaks for itself, but the things that we still like and that we felt would be particularly useful to our team is his versatility," Hanauer said. "He can play anywhere through the middle of the park. He's done well as a forward, he's obviously done extremely well as an attacking midfielder, he's done well in the holding midfield position, and he did okay at centerback."
The Sounders GM noted Joseph's capabilities as a leader on the pitch, experience and skills as a passer, vision and capabilities in the air.
There was speculation Seattle would use its last designated player slot to replace departed striker Fredy Montero. According to Hanauer, the Sounders needed to move quickly and that it was the only way to get the deal done.
"It was effectively the only way to get the deal done...Otherwise, we wouldn?t have done it," Hanauer said. "We realize that gives us three designated players between Mauro [Rosales], Christian [Tiffert) and Shalrie, but we also have two weeks left and we still have the ability to buy a player out if we decide to do that to open up a slot for a regular-salaried player or a designated player slot if that were something we decided to do. We rather have not absorbed the designated player slot, sure, but it was the only way to get the deal done."
Despite Joseph's arrival, the Sounders are leaving their options open for additional moves before the start of the season.
"I'd be lying if I said we're not also very interested in acquiring another forward. And I'd be lying if I said that wasn't a player who could potentially fill that designated player position, of which we?ve got three right now. That kind of gives you a heads up that we are considering all of our options over the next couple of weeks."
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