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Sounders restructure Joseph’s contract to free up DP spot

Shalrie Joseph

Seattle Sounders’ Shalrie Joseph walks on the the field before an MLS soccer game against the San Jose Earthquakes, Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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The Seattle Sounders have agreed to a new deal with defensive midfielder Shalrie Joseph to remove his Designated Player label, freeing up a spot.

With Obafemi Martins and Mauro Rosales already on the Designated Player books, the open spot gives the Sounders a chance to refill it before the window closes, although there’s not much time as August 8 is the final day.

Joseph has made the MLS Best XI four times previously, but has been limited to just four starts and three substitute appearances this season due to nagging injuries.

Joseph hasn’t played since July 7. He’s missed 11 of the club’s matches this year.

With limited cap room this season, the move allows Seattle to at least add one piece that can be for as much as they want, a major change from their limiting position previously.

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