Midfielder Peterson Joseph, nicknamed the ‘Haitian Xavi,’ was offered a position within Sporting as youth coach, but declined as the 24-year-old desired to play for Tanzanian-based Azam FC, according to beat writer Steve Brisendine. The team and Joseph split ways two days ago.
Joseph, as you might remember, hasn’t appeared for the club since last season. He passed out during a training session late last season, and has been sidelined with what’s been called a ‘mystery illness.’ After going through testing during the off-season, no illness or condition had been identified as of his release two days ago.
The ‘Haitian Xavi’ wasn’t allowed to take the field under the Vermes regime, as they didn’t want to take any risks, according to the KC Star article. Peterson wasn’t a major contributor for the club, owning a scoreless stat sheet with one assist in 34 regular season games.
In the end, this seems like a win-win for both parties. Joseph is now allowed to pursue other opportunities, while Sporting opens up an international roster spot. This bodes well for Sporting’s plans to be in a “very, very good position” for the winter transfer window. Add in the dwindling playing time of Claudio Bieler, Sporting could wind up with two international roster spots and a free DP slot sometime during the opening months of 2015.
Now that the team has opened an international roster spot, who would you like to see signed? Do you think they’ll try to plug it in the coming weeks, or wait until the winter transfer window to make a big splurge? Let us know in the comments what you think.