February 23, 2014
By Charles Cuttone
Shalrie Joseph is in the Revolution’s Arizona camp
A familiar face is in training camp with the New England Revolution. Shalrie Joseph, although still under contract with the Seattle Sounders, is with the Revs in Arizona. No deal has been struck, but the former Revs captain is in for a look-see with the team.
|Revolution coach Jay Heaps is looking for a little experience on his roster, and Shalrie Joseph might help fill the bill.
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"When you are just looking at our team and where we are and the age, you're trying to add some experience," said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. "Shalrie was just someone that we've had a lot of respect for. We brought him into camp just to see where he is and have a dialog with him moving forward. At this time, we are really just in a re-connect phase."
Earlier this year, Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said that the 35-year-old Joseph is not in the Sounders plans. He joined Seattle prior to last season in a trade with Chivas USA. After 10 years with the Revolution, Joseph was traded to Chivas USA in the middle of the 2012 season.
He has been bothered by injuries over the last few years and was never able to get fully healthy with the Sounders last year. He missed the team's final 11 regular season games, but did come back for a playoff appearance, and took a pay cut so the Sounders could sign Clint Dempsey.
"It's a balance. We are still looking at the last couple of pieces that we'll add now," said Heaps. "We have other pieces that we'll want to add maybe later.
“I think we have an idea of where we're going, players probably one through fifteen. We want to see that group get in deeper. We want to see guys push for minutes and starting jobs.”
The Revs plan to carry a roster of 30, sending four of them to the Rochester Rhinos of USL PRO.
Heaps says he already has an idea of what the first half of the Revs roster will look like.
"We have an idea of the group. We're pushing through to have a starting 11 and an 18 come day one. That's been something has been forming since the first ball rolled out."
But, what the team is looking for is to add some depth and experience.
"A couple of the players that we want to see--some experience, along with their ability. Our oldest player right now currently under contract is 31 years old in Andy Dorman. Age to me is a number, but also, experience is a good thing to have. I think we look at a couple of the players that we are looking at now, they have some experience and can help us in tough situations."