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March 18, 2007

Rev captain disenchanted


Shalrie Joseph will ask the Revs to trade him later this week.
Shalrie Joseph will ask the Revs to trade him later this week.
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Shalrie Joseph plans to relinquish his role as captain of the Revolution and ask to be traded this week. Joseph made the decision after contract renegotiation talks broke down, according to a story in Sunday’s editions of the Boston Globe.

Joseph was named captain on the eve of the team’s departure for Cancun and played 90 minutes in Revolution victories over Inter Playa del Carmen (7-0) and Pioneros de Cancun (1-0). Joseph and agent Ron Waxman have been in contract talks with the Revolution since the end of the last season. Joseph earned $167,500 last season and has two years remaining on a four-year contract but was seeking the league’s maximum annual salary with a three-year guaranteed contract.

Waxman said the side were within $10,000 of each other on the first year of the contract but differed by at least $50,000 on incentive bonuses.

The Revolution’s refusal to allow Joseph to leave on a $1 million-plus transfer to Celtic FC was also a factor in Joseph’s decision. Joseph joined the MLS at the league minimum salary, about $24,000, in 2003, then experienced “protracted” negotiations two years ago, according to Waxman.

“We approached them after last season and said if they committed to Shalrie like (Chicago) did to Chris Armas, he would be happy to stay and be the team leader,” Waxman said. “I have been doing this since Day 1 of the MLS and I’ve never had anything like this arise. I have talked to Sunil and Mike Burns (Revolution director of soccer) and requested to talk to Jonathan Kraft, but was denied.”

Said Joseph: “We have a great team and I see us getting to the final every year and winning championships. But if I am not that important to them, another team might value me more. There is a lot of disenchantment on the team; I don’t want to speak for all the guys, but I know I have been unhappy about my contract situation and others have been worried about theirs.

“I do have two years left but that’s the only argument they have. I had a great offer from Celtic and I should be paid what I am worth. There are always compromises on both sides but they didn’t come willing to negotiate.”
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