MLS Expansion draft lists released

Here are the lists of players being exposed by all 14 teams in the upcoming MLS Expansion draft for Seattle Sounders FC (these are the players who will be available):

Chivas USA

Chiles, Kraig

Curtin, Jim

Ebert, Eric

Ferreira, Dejair

Flores, Jorge

Hamilton, Anthony

Kennedy, Dan

Mayen, Gerson

Nurse, Roberto

Paladini, Daniel

Parker, Lance

Razov, Ante

Savage, Keith

Suarez, Claudio

Talley, Carey

Thornton, Zach

Vaughn, Lawson

Victorine, Sasha

Wicky, Raphael

Zotinca, Alex

Chicago Fire

Banner, Michael

Brown, C.J.

Carr, Calen

Frankowski, Tomasz

Herron, Andy

Kasiguran, Kai

Kettering, Tyler

King, Stephen

Lowry, Peter

Marmol, Lider

Noble, Nick

Pappa, Marco Pablo

Prideaux, Brandon

Washington, Austin

Woolard, Daniel

 

Colorado Rapids

Burciaga, Jose

Burpo, Preston

Cooke, Terry

Dalby, Greg

DiRaimondo, John

Erpen, Facundo

Grazier, Brian

Harvey, Jordan

Hughes, Justin

Keel, Stephen

Kimura, Kosuke

McManus, Tom

Petke, Mike

Sarkodie, Kwame

Ward, Tim

Zambrano, Cesar

 

Columbus Crew

Burns, Kevin

Elenio, Cory

Evans, Brad

Garey, Jason

Gaven, Eddie

Gruenebaum, Andy

Josten, George

Junge, Ryan

Lenhart, Steven

Miglioranzi, Stefani

Moffat, Adam

Noonan, Pat

Nyazamba, Stanley

Oughton, Duncan

Peterson, Andrew

Pierre-Louis, Ricardo

Plotkin, Brian

Schoeni, Kenny

 

FC Dallas

Burse, Ray

Daniels, Andrew

Davino, Duilio

Dello-Russo, Michael

Pitchkolan, Aaron

Rowland, Jeff

Sikora, Victor

Wadsworth, Spencer

Wagenfuhr, David

Watson, Jamie

Wileman, Chase

 

D.C. United

Carroll, Jeff

Carroll, Pat

Cordeiro, Ryan

Crayton, Louis

Doe, Francis

Dyachenko, Rod

Gallardo, Marcelo

Kirk, Quavas

Koroma, Ibrahim

Martinez, Gonzalo

Mediate, Domenic

Miller, Ryan

Olsen, Ben

Peralta, Gonzalo

Thompson, Craig

Thorpe, James

Vide, Joseph

Wells, Zach

Zaher, Michael

 

Houston Dynamo

Alcaraz, Johnny

Ashe, Corey

Barrett, Wade

Brown, Kyle

Caig, Tony

Chabala, Michael

Hatzke, Nick

Hayden, John Michael

Ianni, Patrick

Jaqua, Nate

Mulrooney, Richard

Onstad, Pat

Ustruck, Erik

Waibel, Craig

Waller, Corbin

Wondolowski, Chris

Wondolowski, Stephen

 

Kansas City Wizards

Hartman, Kevin

Hohlbein, Aaron

Kraus, Michael

Kronberg, Eric

Marquess, Matt

McKenzie, Rauwshan

Morsink, Kurt

Pardo, Boris

Pizarro, Nelson

Pore, Ryan

Thompson, Abe

Trujillo, Ivan

Wahl, Tyson

Watson, Lance

 

Los Angeles Galaxy

Adzemian, Vardan

Alamo, Charles

Allen, Ely

Barlow, Jeremy

Cronin, Steve

Dominguez, Eduardo

Franchino, Joe

Gavin, Michael

Kirovski, Jovan

Klein, Chris

Munoz, Mike

Randolph, Michael

Saunders, Josh

Tudela, Josh

Vagenas, Peter

Valentin, Julian

Wicks, Josh

 

New England Revolution

Angulo, Jose

Badilla, Gabriel

Brill, Samuel

Flood, Gary

Germanese, Joe

Knighton, Brad

Manzonelli, Brandon

Matamoros, Mauricio

Phelan, Pat

Smith, Khano

Thompson, Wells

Tierney, Chris

Tyler, Brandon

Warren, Doug

Zapata, Argenis Fernandez

 

New York Red Bulls

Borman, Danleigh

Echeverry, Oscar

Gilkerson, John

Jimenez, Diego

Kljestan, Gordon

Leitch, Chris

Magee, Mike

Mbuta, Andongcho

Mendes, Carlos

Palacio, Michael

Parke, Jeff

Patterson, Caleb

Pietravallo, Juan

Roth, David

Touray, Sainey

Wolyniec, John

 

Real Salt Lake

Besagno, Nik

Cutler, Kenny

Deuchar, Kenneth

Horst, David

Joy, Ian

Kirby, Dustin

Kovalenko, Dema

Mathis, Clint

Nunez, Tino

Reiman, Kevin

Reynish, Kyle

Sturgis, Nathan

Tennelle, Brennan

Williams, Andy

 

San Jose Earthquakes

Arce, Miguel

Ayres, Jay Michael

Cunliffe, John

Denton, Eric

Ghebru, Michael

Glinton, Gavin

Grabavoy, Ned

Gray, Kelly

Gustavson, Michael

Hatzke, Matt

O'Brien, Ronnie

Riley, James

Roberts, Jamil

Smarte, Adam

Somma, Davide

 

Toronto FC

Attakora-Gyan, Nana

Elkinson, Kilian

Freeman, Hunter

Gala, Gabe

Gaudet, Derek

Melo, Joey

Ricketts, Rohan

Rosenlund, Tyler

Ruiz, Carlos

Smith, Jarrod

Smith, Johann

Sutton, Greg

Velez, Marco

 

What do you think of the lists? What are the biggest surprises? Who do yo see Seattle taking with its 10 picks? Share your thoughts below.

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147 Responses to MLS Expansion draft lists released

  1. John says:

    The interesting part of the lists is who isn’t on the list. If you get a chance please post.

  2. Joe says:

    how does it work with players that are on loan to us (I.E Marco Pappa on the Fire?). Can Seattle take him?

  3. ManicMessiah says:

    Stammler left unprotected?

  4. Cam says:

    NO ROBBIE ROGERS ON COLUMBUS!? he must be going to europe then

  5. Nic says:

    Nik Basango anyone?

    Too bad Steve Shak isn’t on the list…

  6. Tim F. says:

    I expect the Red Bulls to lose Parke but they may lose Magee, Jimenez or Mbuta.

  7. Nic says:

    Note: this is the list of the players left unprotected. Of course Robbie Rogers isn’t going to be allowed to be picked. Stammler too.

  8. ManicMessiah says:

    Ok, Thanks Nic.

  9. Joe says:

    Gaven though. hes gone

  10. Nick says:

    Can’t believe Osorio left Parke unprotected instead of Boyens or Goldthwaite. Wow.

  11. KC says:

    Thats a list of guys available in the draft not who is protected….so Stammler & Rogers are protected.

  12. JL says:

    Who is “Mauricio Matamoros” for the Revolution?

  13. gaucho says:

    ManicMessiah & Cam: This is the unprotected list. Everyone that can be drafted is here. So Stammler and Robbie Rodgers are protected.

  14. Oliver says:

    These lists are the unprotected players which is why Rogers is not listed. Gaven is a surprise on the Crew list.

  15. Oliver says:

    NE: Mauricio Matamoros = Mauricio Castro

  16. MasterShake says:

    Why is Osorio protecting Conway,Boss,Boyens and Cichero? and not protecting Jeff Parke and Jimenez??

  17. Tim F. says:

    eddie gaven unprotected? that would be one of the best pickups.

  18. kebzach says:

    Chicago’s list of protected players (automatically or by choice) is thus:

    1. Blanco

    2. McBride

    3. Rolfe

    4. Pause

    5. Conde

    6. Soumare (GA)

    7. Segares

    8. Dasan Robinson (wow)

    9. Busch

    10. Mapp

    11. Thorrington

    12. Nyarko (GA)

    13. Diego G (retired)

  19. John says:

    The New England guy in Mauricio Castro.

  20. Mike says:

    KC’s list of protected players.

    M Davy Arnaud

    F Adam Cristman

    D Jimmy Conrad

    M Herculez Gomez

    D Michael Harrington

    M Jack Jewsbury

    D Jonathan Leathers

    F Claudio Lopez (I)

    M Carlos Marinelli (I)

    M Kevin Souter (I)

    F Josh Wolff

    D Chance Myers (GA)

    M Roger Espinoza (GA)

    M Kerry Zavagnin (retired)

  21. Chrös says:

    Razov, Ante

    Brown, C.J. or Pappa, Marco Pablo

    Noonan, Pat

    Vide, Joseph

    Ashe, Corey

    Wahl, Tyson

    Smith, Khano

    Parke, Jeff

    Joy, Ian

    Ricketts, Rohan

  22. John says:

    In most of the expansion drafts, the cheap good players are pure gold. Even though Gaven is available from the Crew, Seatle may be more interested in Evans or Moffat who make peanuts.

  23. Tim K says:

    HOW CAN THE FIRE JUST HAND AWAY PAPPA!!! stupid!

  24. Justin says:

    LA Galaxy Protected List

    David Beckham – Midfielder (International Player)

    Edson Buddle – Forward

    Landon Donovan – Forward

    Sean Franklin – Defender

    Alan Gordon – Forward

    Ante Jazic – Defender

    Bryan Jordan – Forward

    Eddie Lewis – Midfielder

    Brandon McDonald – Midfielder

    Alvaro Pires – Midfielder (International Player)

    Troy Roberts – Defender

    Additionally, forwards Israel Sesay and the newly-signed Tristan Bowen were automatically protected as members of the Generation adidas program.

  25. JL says:

    Knowing nothing about the contracts of the following players, I think these would be the guys I would take who can either make the squad or be used as trade bait depending on who else Seattle has in the pipeline. Typically my idea is to take young guys who have shown flashes of potential, or back ups who could be serviceable squad players and some leadership

    Flores, Jorge

    Pappa, Marco Pablo

    Joy, Ian

    Thompson, Wells

    Thompson, Abe

    Barrett, Wade

    Cooke, Terry

    Evans, Brad

    Pitchkolan, Aaron

    Randolph, Michael

  26. Amit says:

    Seattle is going to burn someone with at least one high price pick.

  27. Ethan says:

    Why do these teams protect their designated player? Seattle isn’t likely to trade for a designated player when they already have Keller and Ljungberg on their salary cap. So if you make the DP available, you can keep one other player that you like…right?

  28. undrafted says:

    Zotinca, Pappa (or King or Woolard?), DiRaimondo, Evans (or Lenhart), Pitchkolan, Pat Carroll (or Martinez), Ashe, Wahl, Klein, Badilla, Sturgis (or Kovalenko), O’Brien?, Johann Smith

    my quick picks from each team. I have a hunch Chicago has a hidden gem or two from their reserve squad. I didn’t initially see Pappa listed. Colorado has some decent defenders (Keel, Harvey). Funny how KC starts Wahl over Hohlbein then leaves them both unprotected. Chicago protects Robinson over Prideaux. Colorado protects Peterson over Cooke. I feel vindicated on those 2. Pitchkolan is the no-brainer of the expansion draft. I’d focus on getting guys with trade value or guys that can be cut in preseason. Houston and RSL have some nice players available.

    I know Seattle can’t take someone from EVERY team. Chivas, DC, and LA might be teams to pass over. San Jose has some unknowns that require scouting. Is O’Brien willing to move yet again? Play on turf? I’d ask first before he retired on me.

  29. TFC4Life says:

    Can’t believe TFC left Rohan Ricketts unprotected, he was in my opinion our most consistent midfielder and is a fan favorite. I would be pissed if we lost him.

  30. JD says:

    based on the lists above, I’m going out on a limb here and predicting that Seattle will not be a good side next year.

  31. Graham says:

    Interesting that KC is protecting Kevin Souter

  32. kebzach says:

    Why do these teams protect their designated player? Seattle isn’t likely to trade for a designated player when they already have Keller and Ljungberg on their salary cap. So if you make the DP available, you can keep one other player that you like…right?

    Posted by: Ethan

    ________________________________________

    If you expose your DP then you create a situation where Seattle takes that player on behalf of another team that they arrange a trade with.

  33. kebzach says:

    how does it work with players that are on loan to us (I.E Marco Pappa on the Fire?). Can Seattle take him?

    Posted by: Joe

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    Yes. I say yes because DC was told they had to protect their players that were on loan from the USL, otherwise they’d be fair game to be picked. Obviously that ruling would have to apply to Pappa too.

  34. kahlva says:

    I’ve seen different lists… For example on New York:

    Cichero AND

    Rojas are both unprotected.

    But not on your list, Ives?

    Are there people missing/left out?

  35. Bob says:

    Seattle should pick up Pat Onstad from houston. That would be funny. Unless he is retiring. They could pick up some good trades from him. I bet houston would give up either DeRo or Ching back for Pat.

  36. scaryice says:

    The NY list is impossible, because it means 14 protected players.

  37. undrafted says:

    names I didn’t notice right away – Noonan, Flores, Parke (& the whole Red Bull list). We know salaries for most of these guys, but not contract length.

    I think teams should be forced to protect their DP.

  38. jane says:

    Keep in mind, folks, that they have to protect 3 SI players, which is why some of the DP’s are being protected.

  39. DemonJuice says:

    There is at least 1 DP unprotected: Gallardo.

  40. Cindy says:

    i’m really mad that Parke wasn’t protected!

  41. Drew says:

    I’m disappointed to see Pappa available. I would have left Mapp unprotected instead.

  42. J says:

    Prideaux and Jaqua pretty much stated their desire to play for Seattle before the season began. I think they are the most safe bets to make.

  43. eric says:

    What are the rules on multiple players from one team? Because there are 4 good picks from Columbus – Evans ($33k), Moffat ($18k), Gaven ($167), and Noonan ($175k). And I still think Jason Garey is going to score goals in the league.

    Is Pappa really available? Fire fans are going to go nuts. I’d take him in a heartbeat at $35k.

    Evans, Ashe, and Pappa would be an awesome trio for $100k!

    In general, there seem to be many more quality MF’s than defenders, so I bet a lot of guys are going to be drafted to be dealt later. I guess you’d have to call Ian Joy or Wade Barrett the best defensive help, but there are a lot of young cheap midfielders I’d snatch first.

  44. Darkman says:

    Diego is retiring so why would you protect him and not Pappa? Doesn’t make sense.

  45. Dan says:

    undrafted, Ronnie O’Brien hates field turf. Was one of the reasons he was injury prone in Toronto and one of the reasons he was left unexposed during SJ’s expansion draft.

  46. Ossington Mental Youth says:

    Wow, JoSmith, Ricketts, Sutton (whos not going anywhere), Rosenlund, Gala and Attakora. Some good picks there…

  47. kebzach says:

    Diego is retiring so why would you protect him and not Pappa? Doesn’t make sense.

    Posted by: Darkman

    ________________________________________

    Fire didn’t protect Diego. I have him listed as the #13 guy just because he was not exposed. He is indeed retiring. Fire protected 11, plus Nyarko was automatically protected as a GA player.

  48. scaryice says:

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    I have been updating that page with the list of protected players as well as the unprotected.

    The lists here (which were sent out by MLS) seem to have a couple errors. Boss and Cichero were obviously not protected, but are missing. So that likely means one of Kandji or Rojas was their last man protected, and one of them isn’t.

    Angula and Matamoros for NE aren’t even on their roster as far as I know.

    So MLS needs to check their lists a bit better.

  49. Mike says:

    Interesting that KC is protecting Kevin Souter

    Posted by: Graham | November 24, 2008 at 06:28 PM

    ______________________

    Not really.

    1. The Wizards have to protect 3 of their 4 internationals and Souter is more valuable than Trujillo or Marinelli.

    2. Souter started the last 6 games, including playoffs, and had 1 goal. He was definitely worth protecting as an international.

  50. Joe says:

    hopefully they dont take him and take Stephen King. He is a good player and only makes 12K a year. This situation reminds me alot of Ivan Guerrero last year with Osorio not liking him so he left him unprotected and hes gone. I cant believe he is unprotected.

  51. Jules says:

    LA left both of their crap GK’s unprotected. Does anyone think they’ll be offering Seattle cash to take them off their hands and hope Keller never gets injured?

  52. Doom Boy says:

    Guessing salary, and basing it on what I’ve watched the past two years, these would be my 10

    Calen Carr (Fire)

    Adam Moffatt (Columbus)

    Carey Talley or Sasha Victorine (Chivas)

    Rod Dyachenko (DC United)

    Ronnie O’Brien (SJ)

    Wells Thompson (NE)

    Facundo Erpen or Jose Burciaga (Colorado)

    Patrick Ianni (Houston)

    Jeff Parke (Red Bulls)

    Nana Atakora (TFC)

  53. Tim F. says:

    I would take

    1. Marco Pappa (thanks Chicago)

    2. Ian Joy (D)

    3. Jeff Parke (D)

    4. Jim Curtin (D)

    5. Jose Burciaga (D)

    6. Eddie Gaven (M)

    7. Wells Thompson (M)

    8. Ned Grabavoy (M)

    9. Carlos Ruiz or Johann Smith

    10. Nate Jaqua (F)

    11. Zach Wells G.

  54. Ethan says:

    kebzach: thanks for the answer. I hadn’t thought of that, but it is definitely true.

  55. jevanvoo says:

    after the whole Lider Marmol saga between NY and Chi, they leave his unprotected

  56. garg0yle says:

    For Seattle to consider:

    NE: C. Tierney (LB), K. Smith (LM/F), P. Phelan (DM/CB)

    NY: J. Parke (RB), C. Leitch (RB), J. Pietravallo (DM), M. Mbuta (RM)

    CHI: M. Pappa (M), B. Prideaux (RB), S. King (DM)

    CLM: E. Gaven (RM), A. Moffat (CM), B. Evans (M/F)

    TOR: R. Ricketts (M), Jo. Smith (LM), C. Ruiz (F)

    DCU: L. Crayton (GK), M. Gallardo (CM), G. Martinez (LB)

    KC: K. Hartman (GK), T. Wahl (CB)

    HOU: N. Jaqua (F), C. Ashe (LM), W. Barrett (LB), C. Waibel (RB), R. Mulrooney (RB)

    DAL: A. Pitchkolan (CB)

    LAG: C. Klein (RB/RM), M. Randolph (LB)

    CHV: A. Razov (F), L. Vaughn (RB), J. Flores (LM), S. Victorine (M)

    COL: T. Cooke (LM), K. Kimura (RB), T. McManus (F), M. Petke (CB)

    RSL: A. Williams (M), I. Joy (LB), D. Kovalenko (DM)

    SJ: R. O’Brien (RM)

    Given that they can only choose 10, and only 1 per team:

    1. R. O’Brien – SJ

    2. N. Jaqua – Hou

    3. M. Pappa – Chi

    4. A. Pitchkolan – Dal

    5. C. Tierney – NE

    6. R. Ricketts – Tor

    7. J. Flores – Chivas

    8. A. Moffatt – Colum

    9. I. Joy – RSL

    10. C. Klein – LA

  57. Tim F. says:

    Only 10? Then

    I would take

    1. Marco Pappa (thanks Chicago)

    2. Ian Joy (D)

    3. Jeff Parke (D)

    4. Eddie Gaven (M)

    5. Carlos Ruiz or Johann Smith

    6. Nate Jaqua (F)

    7. Zach Wells G.

    and three of the following four:

    1. Jose Burciaga (D)

    2. Jim Curtin (D)

    3. Wells Thompson (M)

    4. Ned Grabavoy (M)

  58. Ossington Mental Youth says:

    Dont think Ricketts will leave, he loves Toronto BUT could play in Europe for more, an option i can see him practicing should they draft him (dunno if they will).

    More concerned with JoSmith possibly leaving

  59. zach says:

    how does it work? Can they just snatch anyone they want, or do they need to factor in costs? How many per team. Well, without knowing anything but the fact that there is a list, ante razov stands out the first to me as someone getting snatched up…. Someone, Ives, please explain more.

  60. Carl Setterlund says:

    Re: scaryice

    Matamoros is Mauricio Castro, a pretty skilled winger. Good dead ball skills. Decent service. Not great defense. Tiny guy. Took over corners and free kicks when Ralston went out. Could be worth it for Seattle.

    Angulo is Ives’ boy Jose Angulo, the teenage prodigy from New Jersey that the Revs put a discovery claim on and everybody in New York got pissy about it. Talented kid, but I heard he’s been hurt and he got fat and skipped a couple practices so New England isn’t as high on him anymore.

  61. Ethan says:

    With Keller an expensive signing, I don’t think that Seattle will take a goalie unless they think they can organize a trade (which LA might be already talking to them about).

    If they take Chris Klein, LA will be overjoyed.

    If they take Carlos Ruiz, Toronto will rejoice.

    I think Jorge Flores is a good choice. Cheap and young are a good combination.

    Was it determined that you could only pick one from a team? I thought it was more than that.

  62. cbr says:

    i’d pick up Jorge Flores if i were them…the guy is super young and shows great potential.

    Burciaga will sure up the LB spot

  63. garg0yle says:

    Ethan-

    1 per team. See MLS site.

    “Seattle may not claim more than one player from any given team in MLS”

    link to web.mlsnet.com

  64. RedLine55 says:

    The fact that Lider Marmol is unprotected is, I think, just hilarious and I like it. I DO NOT like the fact that my projected 09 MVP, Marco Pappa, IS ALSO unprotected. I want to believe that the Fire F.O. know something that we obviously do not and know that SFC won’t pick him up. If that’s not the case…

    who wants to make “SAVE PAPPA” t-shirts with me?

  65. garg0yle says:

    Also, “Seattle will have the right to renegotiate a drafted player’s salary (either up or down) without having to place such player on waivers or giving his previous Team a right of first refusal.”

    This means overpaid-but-still-good players are not a bad thing for Seattle (e.g. Klein) b/c Seattle can push the salary down.

  66. Blake says:

    Brad Evans/Eddie Gaven from CLB…either one is a coup. I personally want Evans – Gaven’s preferred position is Freddie’s anyway.

    Flores would be legit, but unnecessary. I would dig around for defense mostly. Pappa is a gift. Burse would be a good choice for GK of the future.

    Anyone on Houston would help. I fear it will be Jaqua because of his WA ties, but I think either the mad potential of Ashe or the leadership of Barrett or Waibel would be better.

  67. Supsam says:

    Haha as much as i love my quakes its awesome that we do not have that much depth this year. The only blow to our team is if Ronnie O’ Brian gets picked but i doubt if a turf team like Seattle would go for the often knee injured guy. Awesome!

  68. CD says:

    Some decent players available.

    Columbus decision will be tough.

    Do they choose high salaried Eddie Gaven or go with youngsters Moffat or Evans.

  69. Steve says:

    Umm, Parke isn’t protected for the same reason I wouldn’t have bothered with Conway. Think RBNY is gambling that Seattle won’t take a player that will have to sit out games to start the season. They’ll need immediate contributions. That said, with the playoff run what is the suspension down to? 4 more games?

  70. ivanov says:

    Given that Maykel Galindo is protected, I would expect Seattle to make a pick that caters to Chivas’s needs in order to trade for him. I’m still convinced that they are interested in him, and he would definitely bring a dynamic component to their offense.

    Otherwise, I definitely see them picking Pappa. Another interesting pick would be Quavas Kirk from DC.

  71. scott47a says:

    From a Seattle perspective, I would encourage those of you looking at the lists to think defense — I think that is where the team’s emphasis in the expansion draft is going to be.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take Wade Barrett ahead of Jaqua from Houston and Brandon Prideaux ahead of Pappa from Chicago.

    A lot depends on contracts and salaries, of course. Some of the guys exposed are actually out of contract and free anyway, like Gonzalo Martinez in DC, who is probably headed back to S. America.

  72. victor says:

    I like Eric’s idea, scoop up Ashe, Pappa, Evans. Jorge Flores is so gone too. Grabavoy, Leitch, Kovalenko, Pitchkolan, Vide, Abe Thompson, you’ve got a halfway decent line up.

  73. kebzach says:

    Guessing salary, and basing it on what I’ve watched the past two years, these would be my 10

    Calen Carr (Fire)

    Posted by: Doom Boy |

    ________________________________________

    I doubt that a player with a torn ACL possibly playing on turf in 2009 would be a good pick for Seattle.

  74. kebzach says:

    after the whole Lider Marmol saga between NY and Chi, they leave his unprotected

    Posted by: jevanvoo

    __________________________________________

    Dude couldn’t get on the field in Chicago and when he did he was REALLY REALLY BAD. Really.

    6 figure guys like that can’t be protected.

  75. Tomr says:

    This is not slim pickings by any means. Lots of very strong players on the list. Watch out for Seattle next season. I am wagering now that they reach the playoffs with the right coach (Sigi?)

  76. Jason says:

    I see a lot of quality RW’s out there: Gaven, Noonan, O’Brien, and Ricketts all come to mind.

    I think teams are betting with Ljundberg in the fold, Seattle won’t pick another RW, especially if there is a high price tag.

  77. NateP says:

    RE: Angulo & Matamoros

    As noted above Matamoros is really Mauricio Castro. Speculation is that because filed the Discovery claim on Angulo they still held his rights and would have to protect them/expose them. Same deal with Argenis Fernandez who spent most of the year on loan to Alajuelense back in Costa Rica.

  78. Aaron says:

    Given Ljunberg & Nyassi’s service from the wings i would try and grab Jaqua or Deuchar from RSL – Great aerial strikers that know how to score with their melon…..

  79. Warren says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! MARCO PAPPA!!!!!

  80. Jonny R says:

    Only one player per team can be picked, right?

    Hmm…

    Burse (Gotta have an understudy for

    Keller)

    Barrett

    Mendes

    Wahl

    Prideaux

    Moffat

    Wells Thompson

    Sturgis

    Kirk

    Johann Smith

    They don’t need to pick Jaqua; his deal to return to Houston stipulated that he’d be free to sign w/ Seattle this year.

    That gives you a core of those 11 guys (counting Jaqua) plus Le Toux, Sanna Nyassi, Keller, and Ljungberg… which equals a sturdy, reliable veteran defense, and a young midfield/attack with some upside.

    I’m also assuming they intend to use Ljungberg on the wing. If they move his creaky old legs to the middle of the pitch, I’d take Gaven over Moffat.

  81. MtclrMsv says:

    Hope Eddie Gaven likes rain.

  82. nico says:

    If I were Seattle, (not having looked at salaries etc.) I’d seriously look at…

    Jaqua, Castro (ie Matamoros), Kimura, Velez, Gonzalo Martinez, Burciaga, Doe, Badilla

    Experienced young defense and some attacking options, imo.

  83. Brant says:

    No more than 1 player/team can go.

    If The Crew lose Gaven (and his high contract number) they plug in Ekpo. Lose Evans or Moffat? Plug in the other one, or Pat Noonan. Lose Noonan? He might retire, since he specifically wanted Columbus to be in the Midwest b/c of his wife’s family. Lose Garey? He’s not a starter, though he’s probably in the succession plan once Moreno moves on (he’s getting older, y’know).

    The Crew are pretty well-positioned to weather this one.

  84. Mike says:

    I’m almost sure that we (The Fire) are gonna lose Pappa and that makes me incredibly mad. Pappa over Robinson any day.

  85. Michael F. says:

    I could see us losing Magee or Parke. I pray they take Leitch.

  86. kshep says:

    Anyway you look at Ruiz isn’t a part of TFC next year.. Seattle picks him up or TFC tosses him him the reject bin.

    Rickett’s walks from the MLS if Seattle takes him, plain and simple. If he’s not playing for Carver he’s not playing in our league.

  87. smokeminside says:

    My guess is that Seattle will not pick up a goalie…the usl sounders have a great young one in Chris Eylander.

  88. Fumar says:

    Dear Seattle,

    Marco Pappa is not really that good. He can only play 2 or 3 minutes at the end of a game (according to Hamlett’s subs) and he has family in Chicago, which means he will whine in Seattle the way Osorio did in Chicago. On top of all this brandon prideaux is one of the best, fastest, most technically sound and offensively inclined right backs you could ask for. I’d really hate to seem him go, but alas some one must.

    Heart,

    Helpful Fire fan.

    p.s. Denis is an idiot.

  89. Matt says:

    Seattle Picks:

    1. Vaughn or Zotinca from Chivas – good players whom spent much of the year hurt.

    2. Ray Burse from Dallas – good prospect whom will eventually replace Keller.

    3. Mike Petke – Colorado, solid defender. Other possibilities are Terry Cooke or Greg Dalby from Colorado. Aging but brilliant English crosser or top prospect.

    4. Pat Noonan from Columbus – I don’t care how much he costs. He is a successful, American striker.

    5. Craig Waibel, Wade Barrent or Patrick Ianni from Houston. The former two can produce now and Ianni is a good prospect. I’d go with Waibel.

    6. Abe Thompson – KC – Another good, young, cheap American striker.

    7. Chris Klein – LA – One of the steadier players on LA this year. A bit long in the tooth but still productive and versitile.

    8. Chris Tierney – New England. Natural lefties are rare.

    9. Jeff Parke – NY – Avoiding the steroid jokes, he’s a good player if you leave him in the center of a four man defence. He is not a fullback as Osorio kept trying. He’d make a good tandem with Petke.

    10. Ned Grabovoy – SJ – Talented distributer.

    So you have:

    FW – Noonan / Thompson / La Toux

    Mid – Lungburg, Grabavoy (when Lungburg is hurt), Klein, Nyassi

    Def – Tierney, Parke, Petke, Vaughn/Waibel

    Goal – Keller, Burse

    Not a bad start. THe defense should be solid and the offense has hope.

    Need a left mid and a defensive mid. The latter will be easy to get, the former is tougher.

  90. kpugs says:

    How ironic that Lider Marmol is available.

    I’ll be praying neither Parke nor Woly get taken.

  91. metrostar 4 life says:

    I’m surprised Rohan Ricketts, Khano Smith, Marco Pappa, and a couple of others to be on the list

  92. Frimp says:

    I wont try to predict who seattle will take, for all i know they’ve only got freddie right now…but – leaving out salaries and health assessments which im not researching for this exercise – my first-pass list might be, if i was seattle:

    Ante Razov

    Eddie Gaven

    Pat Noonan

    Duilio Davino

    Corey Ashe

    Kevin Hartman

    Diego Jimenez

    Wells Thompson

    Dema Kovalenko

    Jeff Parke

    other thoughts, if i were to drop a few $$$ players here and build: Ricketts, Victorine, Carr, Lenhart, Klein

  93. Frimp says:

    thats right i’d ignore mls rules and take whoever i want and play a 3-4-2-1 like this son:

    Razov

    Thompson Noonan

    Ashe Ljungberg Gaven

    Dema!

    Jimenez Davino Parke

    Hartman

  94. SonicDeathMonkey says:

    After thinking Eddie Gaven would be a lock, I realize Seattle has their DP playing his position already. Also folks, keep in mind if Seattle takes a developmental player, they are required to bump them to a senior contract, which will probably discourage them from taking a flyer on some of them.

  95. firefan06 says:

    Fumar – don’t forget about Klopas. He probably had more say in this decision than Hamlett.

    I hope the people on here talking about defense are correct and Seattle goes for Prideaux. Losing Pappa would be worse than Osorio letting Guerrero go last year.

  96. Blake says:

    The more I think about it, the more I think Brad Evans is by far the most salivating option. He’s young, affordable, and worked the middle for the Cup/Shield winners. Gaven doesn’t fit the way Evans would and would cost a bundle more.

  97. TFC4Life says:

    Can’t believe TFC left Rohan Ricketts unprotected, he was in my opinion our most consistent midfielder and is a fan favorite. I would be pissed if we lost him.

  98. Chris says:

    CHI M. Pappa ($33k)

    CLB E. Gaven ($165k)

    HOU C. Ashe ($33k)

    NY J. Parke ($58k)

    NE W. Thompson ($33k)

    DC J. Vide (19k)

    SJ M. Riley ($33k)

    TFC M. Velez ($60k)

    KC K. Moorsink ($33k)

    CHV A. Razov ($258)

    Total $725,000 based on 2008 salaries.

  99. fenel says:

    Here’s my team for the sounders fc next year

    ———–Razov———Jaqua——-

    Ljungberg——-Guallardo———O’brien

    ———————–Olsen——————

    Zotnica——Davino——-Erpen——Talley

    ——————Kennedy——————-

    I can only imagine what would happen in that midfield.

  100. fenel says:

    Here’s my team for the sounders fc next year

    ———–Razov———Jaqua——-

    Ljungberg——-Guallardo———O’brien

    ———————–Olsen——————

    Zotnica——Davino——-Erpen——Talley

    ——————Kennedy——————-

    I can only imagine what would happen in that midfield.

  101. bubba says:

    Shoot… I thought that Corey Ashe would be a guy that the Dynamo would have wanted to protect… Looks like they are looking for defenders and a keeper… Interesting…

  102. Oranje Mike says:

    All faith is lost in the Chicago FO. What’s going on. Pappa and King shouldn’t be on that list.

  103. Joe says:

    I can see King on the list but by no means Pappa. He is a stud and i have a terrible feeling he is gone, which is sad cuz he is gonna blow up next year with us or them.

  104. Joamiq says:

    Not too much to be concerned about for the Red Bulls. I like Mbuta a lot, but losing him wouldn’t be the end of the world. Aside from him, I think everyone else is replaceable.

  105. roberto says:

    Thanks Ives I’m enjoying this one…

    first impressions nothing definite here, if I were Seattle I’d pick the following;

    Goal keepers;

    dan Kennedy or ray burse

    good inexpensive keepers

    defense;

    prideaux Lawson vaughn wade barret jeff parke khano smith

    pitchkolan gonzalo Martinez marco velez Jordan Harvey

    Midfield; rohann ricketts brad evans (eddie gaven 2nd clb choice) corey ashe terry Cooke pat phelan, moffat

    Forwards; razov jaqua johan smith

    I may be missing a few and I’m naming more than one from each team in some cases (like Columbus) but this is more or less the pool of players that I would consider

  106. arm says:

    did I miss something? How did Adam Cristman get on the KC list?

  107. dgfunk says:

    Seattle already have a good goalkeeper they could get from the USL team, why spend a draft pick on a backup for Keller?

    We also have already signed LeToux from the USL team, who is a solid striker, so I can’t really see them grabbing Razov and Noonan

  108. sola says:

    If Seattle takes anyone from Chicago, it will be Prideaux, King or Woolard. Banner and Pappa have tons of potential and provided a spark when Chicago was losing, but neither has demonstrated that they can do anything more than provide an offensive spark when the Fire are losing (which is much easier for a quick, offensive-minded player to do after everyone else on the pitch has played 70+ minutes and the other team is holding onto a lead).

    Of course, Seattle could be looking for a few energy guys to come off the bench, in which case Banner or Pappa definitely fit the bill.

  109. Sean Monaghan says:

    Adzemian, Vardan

    Alamo, Charles

    Allen, Ely

    Barlow, Jeremy

    Cronin, Steve

    Dominguez, Eduardo

    Franchino, Joe

    Gavin, Michael

    Kirovski, Jovan

    Klein, Chris

    Munoz, Mike

    Randolph, Michael

    Saunders, Josh

    Tudela, Josh

    Vagenas, Peter

    Valentin, Julian

    Wicks, Josh

    ID be sad if klein went,hes been great for us.get both cronin and wicks out of here though!we need to get a real goalie!

  110. LDQ says:

    Please, Please, Please Seattle, take Wells Thompson from the Revs. I can’t bare watching him fumble the ball away any more. I promise he will be the nicest hardworking guy on your team and you’ll love him.

    But do not take:

    Badilla (because we need him to replace Parkhurst)

    Manzenelli (he’s going to be somebody)

    Tierney (he will be a natural left back for an aging and out of place Heaps)

    And as much as Khano is frustrating, we need to have him on the left wing.

  111. This Guy says:

    Biggest suprises for me?

    Toronto: Joey Melo and Johann Smith

    Those 2 could be their starting wings next season. They are that good.

    Dasan Robinson is protected over Pridueax because they are the same position but Robinson has more speed, the ability to push effectively and is 8 or so years younger.

    Dasan Robinson looked solid in the Reserve matches I have seen him in.

  112. This Guy says:

    By the way,

    Thanks Ives. I have been looking for this all day and you never let me down with all I need to know about MLS news because I am a FIRE fan in Jan. and Feb. as staunch as I am in Oct. and Nov.

  113. Ossington Mental YOuth says:

    This Guy-

    Dunno bout Melo man, hes gotten little to no playing time in the last season or so, also i think he plays DM and is in a developmental contract so i dont see him getting picked (hes also canadian).

    Consensus seems to suggest JoSmith is going to. Pretty unhappy about that. Bloody Mo better find a superior replacement for the promise that kid has.

  114. RSLinIDAHO says:

    Eddie Gaven being on that list is unbelievable. He’s a steal.

  115. 4now says:

    (CH) Curtin, Jim

    (CO) Cooke, Terry

    (CC) Noonan, Pat

    (CF) Marmol, Lider

    (HD) Jaqua, Nate

    (KC) Wall, Tyson

    (NE) Thompson, Wells

    (NY) Jimenez, Diego

    (SL) Joy, Ian

    (TO) Smith, Johann

  116. Drew D (From FL) says:

    so wait, how is angulo exposed if he doesn’t have a contract with NE? Does he have one? Or do they still just have his discovery rights?is that enough for him to be exposed to an expansion draft if he isn’t even on your roster? Well if it is enough, I’d say a smart move for New England who have their discovery rights expiring in december, leaving angulo free to go to any team. I still don’t get why they would put him on there, especially if he’s the talent everyone says he is…

  117. The Penalty Spot says:

    Ives,

    I dont see Terry Boss on any of the Red Bull lists. did they actually protect 3 goalies,( Boss, Conway, Cepero) or am I missing something?

  118. Jeff says:

    I would go with this team

    Razov Ruiz

    Gaven

    Smith Lunjberg

    Olsen

    Burciaga Brown Parke Klein

    Onstad

    Definately not a bad expansion team in my opinion.

  119. Strider says:

    Ives, Thanks for the site and keep up the good work. What are the mechanics of the Exp Draft? When Seattle picks a player, e.g. Gaven in rd 1 from Columbus, does that mean all other Columbus players are safe? Do all the other teams get to add an additional player to their protected list?

  120. John says:

    1. Wow–Seattle is going to be bad! Well, at least they aren’t going to get much talent from the expansion list. I think if Seattle is smart, they won’t use all 10 picks.

    2. No–don’t take Razov. If you’re willing to spend $250k, you can find someone younger, faster and healthier. No Gaven. For $160k you can find a central American player who’ll give you just as much, maybe even more. No Pappas. Players on loan (like Kandji, like Pappas) will need to be purchased. If you have to purchase a player, why waste an expansion slot on them? That’s silly.

    3. If Seattle is smart, they’ll choose Petke and Marmol with the intention of keeping neither, and then deal both to RBNY for allocation money or picks. Petke supposedly wants to finish his career here, he’s a standup guy and great team leader, and we all know how JCO lusts after Marmol. They’ll choose Prideaux and Jaqua. Both of those guys hail from Seattle, are worthy MLS starters on an expansion team, aren’t too expensive and have enough experience that they’ll be decent team leaders. Maybe you choose Rod Dyachenko who is a young, cheap MLS veteran who hails from Vancouver WASHINGTON and can play a couple of attacking roles (viewing him as an initial starter but long-term a #13 or #14 player on the bench).

    Then you choose a young veteran GK making little money. Ray Burse? Steve Cronin maybe? A guy to give you depth, not give much of a cap hit and learn behind Kasey Keller. Or maybe you gamble you can sign someone at 30k who’ll be as good as Burse or Cronin so you pass on the GK option.

    After that, you look for MLS minimum salaries of AMERICAN players (so no international restrictions) who are young. Evans from Columbus is a no-brainer. Maybe, just maybe you go for James Riley who is relatively young, cheap, very fast, and versatile but will never be anything but mediocre. Abe Thompson isn’t MLS minimum salary but he’s a young, comparatively cheap American MLS vet who would be a pick for your first forward off the bench or late-game addition when you’re down a goal and go to 3 forwards.

    Maybe you take a gamble at Parke who would start for an expansion team, isn’t that expensive but will miss initial games (and a team with no depth really can’t afford that).

    Otherwise, the only other way (if I was Seattle’s GM) I keep picking is if there are great athletes making MLS minimum salary who are young, American, and are more than Calen Carr (ie: periennial scrubs who underperform–to be honest, James Riley might fall into that category as might my recommendation of Dyachenko). And if Seattle doesn’t go for Jaqua, then they go for Corey Ashe.

  121. aristotle says:

    arm:

    You said: “did I miss something? How did Adam Cristman get on the KC list?”

    You sure did. The Cristman trade to K.C. news is even in two places on this very page.

    I don’t understand the comments about Seattle being bad. This is easily the best pool of players an expansion team has ever had to choose from.

  122. Frank says:

    Seattle will pick Burse, then trade him to Columbus. That way they can get Evans and Lenhart.

    Columbus, please get rid of Gruenebaum.

  123. firefan06 says:

    This Guy – I don’t think any of us are questioning protecting Robinson over Prideaux. It’s Robinson over Pappa that we can’t get our heads around.

  124. Justin says:

    Flores, Jorge (F)

    Prideaux, Brandon (D)

    Erpen, Facundo (D)

    Gaven, Eddie (M)

    Jaqua, Nate (F)

    Wahl, Tyson (D)

    Castro, Mauricio (M)

    Parke, Jeff (D)

    Joy, Ian (D)

    Ricketts, Rohan (M)

    There is no way Seattle doesn’t compete for a playoff spot in 2009…..no way.

  125. Richard, UK says:

    Well, I’d take (considering salaries)…

    Lawson Vaughn (Chivas USA)

    Stephen King (Chicago Fire)

    Tim Ward (Colorado Rapids)

    Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew) – Brad Evans would be a good cheap option

    Quavas Kirk (D.C. United) – GA contract

    Nate Jaqua (Houston Dynamo) – Corey Ashe would be a good cheap option

    Jeff Parke (New York Red Bulls)

    Gabriel Badilla (New England Revolution) – They wont, but I would

    Nathan Sturgis (Real Salt Lake)

    Johann Smith (Toronto FC)

  126. Teddie Boy Eddie says:

    RBNY protects Goldthwaite but not Parke? I don’t get it. Goldthwaite is awful (though he had a nice tackle in the box on Sunday).

  127. Teddie Boy Eddie says:

    RBNY protects Goldthwaite but not Parke? I don’t get it. Goldthwaite is awful (though he had a nice tackle in the box on Sunday).

  128. The Athority says:

    John,

    Young cheap players might seem like gold, but look at history. Any team that loads up on cheap young players winds up SUCKING!! Look at Toronto.

    Then look at San Jose who took the best players available….such as Cannon, etc. They wanted to be good right away and almost made the play-offs.

    The Joe Vide’s of the world are good thoughts on paper……then you have to go out and try and win with them, and your team stinks.

  129. Trent says:

    Andrew Peterson of the Columbus Crew is actually on a send Andrew Peterson to Seattle facebook page.

  130. joe k says:

    they left parke unprotected? he’s definitely one of the best defenders left unprotected.

  131. Frank says:

    Trent, keep in mind that all teams have to trim their rosters. Andrew Peterson doesn’t really fit into the Crew’s roster next year unless a few 2008 starters will try and play in Norway or Austria.

  132. Aljarov says:

    Why is Kirovski on the LA list? Did I miss something? Isn’t he a SJ player?

  133. John says:

    Why would LA trade for Kirovski who makes over $200K a year. I certainly hope that they are negotiating a new contract for him. I have nothing against the guy, but what has he done to deserve this sort of pay check at his age (31 or 32)? I’m not a fan of LA, but you better have players that can deliver if they are being paid over a certain amount.

  134. The Athority says:

    Eddie Gaven is easily the #1 player to take.

    He’s good and he’s young. Freddie will not play the wing in Seattle, he’s going to play centrally. If anyone watched him the past 2 years in the EPL, you know that he’s shot and has lost his speed.

    Even if Seattle doesn’t want Gaven for the long haul……..mid-season next year, any contender would be more than happy to trade for him.

  135. John says:

    To: The Athority

    Good point on having to play all these young cheap players. San Jose didn’t spend all their money before the season which allowed them to pick up some really good players during the season. I don’t think that is the way to do it (they should have picked up some good international players prior to the season), but they were prepapered to take advantage of having some money to pick up some good players because they weren’t stuck with too much large value. You can’t spend all your money during the expanision draft. Seattle has already spent some huge money on Freddie and Kasey so they need some cheap good players.

  136. werner says:

    why would the galaxy protect Alan Gorden and Alvaro Pires!

  137. I think the club most likely to get burned is Columbus with Eddie Gaven almost assuredly to be picked up by Seattle.

    He does come with a price tag, i.e. a contract worth $165,000 per year and the possibility of a move abroad. But here is the benefit to Seattle. If he is picked up and stays one more year in MLS (he is a six year veteran at age 22), has a good year for the Sounders, Seattle will benefit from his move abroad. They will get allocation money and other compensation.

    I would expect one other high price pick up as well.

  138. daryl says:

    The biggest surprise to me is Ben Olson, WTF? he is a United legend and he must end his career there.

  139. John says:

    Athority–you mis-state the SJ situation. SJ didn’t get good until they went out and used their allocations wisely. Plus they lucked out immensely with Darren Huckerby. If you look at ALL expansion teams in the MLS, what you find is the two teams that did the best (SJ who was dreadful for a lot of the season) and Chicago did get some good expansion picks but mostly, their teams were carried by international players they acquired from overseas (Nowak, Kosecki, Podbrozny, etc.). And Cannon proves my point EXACTLY. He wasn’t taken in the expansion draft. He was traded for.

    Justin, put down the crack pipe. Look at that lineup you proposed of the people you had Seattle selecting. It might be the worst backline in the MLS. Parke is fine. But Erpen? Prideaux is a solid journeyman. A midfield of Ricketts, Castro and Gaven isn’t bad IF you….(a) add a DP-quality A-mid and then (b) use an allocation on a quality D-mid (someone of Edu quality).

    If you look at MLS history, teams that rely on the expansion draft to provide a lot of starters are traditionally terrible teams. I think the attitude needs to be:

    –preserve cap space

    –use the draft to acquire draft picks or allocations

    –if 1 or 2 players are available that fit your system perfectly (ala Joe Cannon) than you pick them or trade for them. Otherwise, the vast majority of the players made available are guys with major holes in their game (James Riley) or contract issues (Parke) or health issues (Olsen).

    Seattle’s success (or failure) will be determined mostly by:

    –their allocations (DP and transfer signings): do Ljundberg, Keller and Co. make impacts (like Nowak and Huckerby did)?

    –their draft picks (do all of the draft picks prove to be wise and do 1-2 of them end up starting?

    –are they able to pull off 2 trades before the season starts to get quality starters?

    The expansion draft? Not so much.

  140. To clear the confusion, we have 4 players signed already, who are:

    Freddie Ljungberg (Agreed that he’ll play an attacking central role)

    Kasey Keller (GK)

    Sanna Nyassi (Right wing) – Twin brother of Sainey Nyassi from the Revs

    Sebastien La Toux (F) Current USL Sounder – USL MVP – Open Cup top goal scorer, turned down MLS to enter with Sounders FC this year

    We also have (I think 10) free moves to take any USL players (not just current USL Sounders, but probably will be them)

    Possible to stick around and/or challenge for a spot are DM Kenji Treschuk, MF Kevin Sakuda, FW Roger Lavesque, FW Josh Gardner, DF Michael Rodriguez, center half Taylor Graham, and midfielder Leighton O’Brien.

    The USL side has been touring Argentina and scouts have been around the world for almost a year.

    Remember that these guys knocked off multiple MLS squads in the US Open for a few years running.

    It’s likely the team has signed more players, but didn’t want to tip their hand before the other MLS teams were forced to decide which 11 to protect.

    I think the draft can yield some talent, but don’t fool yourself into thinking the heart of Sounders FC is going to be coming from the expansion draft. I’d be surprised if more than three or four of next season’s starters are from the expansion draft.

  141. brentmcd says:

    re: Houston

    Would hate to lose Waibel as he is strong in the air and good on set pieces. Although I love the guy, I wouldn’t be too upset to see Barrett go. Dynamo needs some younger, faster defenders, and this list definitely reflects that reality.

    Hate to see Chabala on here though as I think he is up-and-coming. Amazing how Ianni’s stock has fallen — remember he was on our Olympic team this summer, although I don’t think he ever saw the field.

    Please take Caig off our hands — he is garbage. Leave us Onstad for another year.

    I wonder who would take the Captain’s armband if Barrett goes — seems like Clark and DeRo are both too volatile for that role.

    So, what is happening with Jaqua??? Lots of rumors flying around. Is there some sort of deal for Seattle to draft him?

  142. It’s been long known that Nate was coming to Seattle. He’s from the Eugene, OR and the word around here was that he wouldn’t agree to return to Houston until it was agreed he could move to Seattle upon the expansion.

    Us Sounder fans are disappointed that it looks like it’s going to be via the draft. We were hoping he’d come on a free transfer.

  143. Justin says:

    I would take:

    F Jorge Flores (Chivas)

    M Eddie Gaven (Columbus)

    F Quavas Kirk (DC)

    M Marco Pappa (Chicago)

    D Jeff Parke (NY)

    D Hunter Freeman (Toronto)

    D Tyson Wahl (KC)

    F John Cunliff (San Jose)

    D Patrick Ianni (Houston)

    M Nicolas Besagno (Real Salt Lake)

    None: New England (Manzanilli best bet), FC Dallas (Jamie Watson), Los Angeles Galaxy (Cronin), Colorado Rapids (Kiruma)

    However, I’m not aware of salaries, so take with a grain of salt.

  144. Justin says:

    PS – I’m not the other Justin.

  145. m_____s says:

    I want to get younger. Already with Ljundberg we feel ancient and injury-prone. So:

    F – Doe, DCU (41,000)

    F – Jaqua, Houston (173,000)

    M – Ricketts, TFC (200,000)

    M – Pappa, TFC (w/ poison pill 165,000?)

    M – Besagno, RSL (100,000)

    M – Gaven, Crew (165,000)

    D – Mike Randolph, LA (33,000)

    D – Leitch, NY (60,000)

    D – Kimura (33,000)

    G – Hartman, KC (150,000)

    Hartman could be easily traded.

    I don’t know about Pappa, but if the so-called “poison pill” isn’t too bad, I want him. Otherwise, Prideaux, D, (72,000)?

  146. John says:

    Sammy Sounder–actually, if Seattle has 3-4 guys from the expansion draft starting for your team most of the season than you don’t make the playoffs. If your team has 1-2 guys from the expansion draft as starters then that probably means that your USL guys, your allocations/foreign signings and your draft picks went well. And that would mean you’d have a strong team.

    As for the Seattle USL talent you cite–don’t get your hopes up. Most of those guys have been in MLS camps before. For instance, Vancouver this year was full of MLS rejects (Justin Moose? ) Doesn’t mean they’re bad players. It means they’re mostly role-players. Take Kandji who tore up the USL this year and is also a fantastic athletic–he didn’t start for a team that backed into the playoffs and had a losing record (RBNY).

    Now Seattle might have a strong team next year. But it won’t be because of players chosen in the expansion draft. And it won’t be because of your Sounders players you’ve added (you give you depth–something most expansion teams don’t have). Your season is going to be determined by Ljundberg, Keller, your draftees, any trades you make, and your other foreign signings. That is how Chicago did so well their first year. And that’s how SJ got respectable at times.

  147. jon jon sounders fan says:

    all i can say is…

    johann smith

    jaqua

    ianni

    davino

    besagno

    gaven

    FTW