The New England Revolution have traded club captain Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA in exchange for midfielder Blair Gavin, Chivas USA’s natural second-round selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money.
Joseph has been a mainstay for a New England through the good times and the bad since being drafted in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft, helping the club to three straight appearances in the MLS Cup final between 2005 and 2007.
Joseph had perhaps his best year with the club in 2009, finishing as a finalist for MLS' MVP award and largely carrying his team into a playoff spot.
“Trading Shalrie was a not a decision we made easily,” General Manager Michael Burns said. “Shalrie has been one of the faces of the club for a decade, but we had to take a hard look at our roster and decide where we needed to be as we look toward the future. Shalrie has accomplished so much as a member of the Revs, and we wish him nothing but best wishes as he moves on to the next stage in his career with Chivas USA.
“With this trade, we gain a significant amount of roster flexibility and add a player in Blair Gavin who has great potential, an additional draft pick next year, plus allocation money – all of which provides us options to improve the team."
Joseph leaves the club as its all-time leader in appearances (261), starts (254), minutes played (22,867), penalty kick goals (12) and fouls suffered (421).
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