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Seattle's Options

MLS has released the names of all players available for selection in Wednesday's expansion draft. Among the notables (many of whom earn a lot of cash and probably won't be picked):

Ante Razov, Claudio Suarez, Carey Talley, C.J. Brown, Andy Herron, Brandon Prideaux, Jose Burciaga, Terry Cooke, Facundo Erpen, Mike Petke, Brad Evans, Eddie Gaven, Pat Noonan, Duilio Davino, Wade Barrett, Nate Jaqua, Richard Mulrooney, Pat Onstad, Craig Waibel, Kevin Hartman, Peter Vagenas, Khano Smith, Wells Thompson, John Wolyniec, Dema Kovalenko, Clint Mathis, Nathan Sturgis, Andy Williams, Ned Grabavoy, Carlos Ruiz and Greg Sutton.

Click here for their 2008 salaries.

I am still awaiting a suitable link to the entire list.

Here is the complete list of available players.

If you were Seattle management, who might interest you the most?

By Steve Goff  |  November 24, 2008; 6:19 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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Posted by: beach3 | November 24, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

It might be interesting to grab Carlos Ruiz, CJ Brown and Khano Smith, and see how many games you could finish with 11 players.

Posted by: OWNTF | November 24, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

how about Petke (if he isn't retiring), Wolyniec, Jaqua/Onstad, Gaven, Khano Smith and Kovalenko? you've got Ljungberg already and you wold need some more defense, but there have been worse teams in this league, i think.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 24, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Barrett and Noonan available? We should make a trade for Barrett...

Posted by: Charisma_Man | November 24, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

If there is justice in the world, Prideaux will go to Seattle. We gave him up in good conscience to get closer to his family, then Colorado sneakily traded him to Chicago.
Interesting choices on the various team lists. Bet alot of choices got changed after the layoffs (smaller roster sizes) were announced.

Posted by: dcufan | November 24, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Two players to look at are Brandon Prideaux and Craig Waibel. Even though they make a lot of cash as Goff says, they may wish for a return to their roots in Seattle (both went to UW).

Posted by: bigwave | November 24, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

If there is justice in the world, Prideaux will go to Seattle.
Posted by: dcufan | November 24, 2008 7:34 PM

What's Brandon's contract status? If he's out of contract, no need to waste a pick on him. He'll sign there all on his own.

And if there was truly any justice, he'd have been on our team the past two seasons. Then we could unprotect him with the "arrangement" that Seattle takes him. Or Seattle takes someone else and we trade him to Seattle for that someone.



Posted by: jayrockers | November 24, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Burciaga - 86k
Barrett - 148k
CJ Brown - 111k
Klein - 150k
Gaven - 165k
Khano Smith - 46k
O'Brien - 258k
Andy Williams - 80k
Doe :( - 41k
Razov - 259k
bulk of the starters for half the cap at $1.344m

Posted by: beergorila | November 24, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Guys who are are likely to stay in the league, good values, etc. Ignoring Nationality issues, mostly:

Chivas: Lawson Vaughn
Chicago Fire: Marco Pappa
Rapids: Pass - Terry Cooke if you twist my arm
Crew: Pat Noonan
FCD: Aaron Pitchkolan
DCU: Francis Doe
Dynamo: Cory Ashe
KCW: Pass
LAG: Pass
Revs: Wells Thompson
RedBull: Pass on General Principle
RSL: Nathan Sturgis
SJ: Ned Grabavoy
Tor: Pass

Posted by: LookingDangerous | November 24, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

First blush:

From Chicago - either Carr or Prideaux. From Chivas - "Sueno" Flores (though someone has had real juvenile fun with Savage's Wiki page) or Talley. From the Crew - Noonan is tempting -- he's actually not overpriced -- but Evans may be the bargain of the draft. Lenhart is a possibility, too -- especially if they're looking for bargain basement cheap. I'd splurge on one of the Rapids' forwards, either Cooke or McManus. If there's still some salary room, go for Dallas' Sikora, but more likely, go for Columbia, MD native Michael Dello-Russo. From Houston, Jacqua's a pricey possibility, and Waibel's a bargain who is getting up in years, so I'm guessing Corey Ashe.

From the Wizards, I'm leaning towards Abe Thompson, but his salary isn't listed. I'm also thinking it's time to think about defense, so Tyson Wahl leaps out at me, along with Aaron Hohlbein. From the Galaxy, Michael Randolph might be tempting, but a Galaxy defender? Ely Allen is probably the choice here.

The Revs provide so many good choices, but Khano Smith is probably the best value. Castro might be the better player, but he's paid more than double. Wells Thompson would be a real consideration, as he's a real bargain.

From the Bulls, I'd go with Parke, though I might want to know about Magee's health. RSL provides some intrigue. Besagno had a tryout with Seattle at the end of their season. If they liked him, perhaps they will gamble that he still has some of the promise RSL saw when they picked him #1. Otherwise, I go with Andy Williams.

From SJ -- Grabavoy's tempting, but James Riley is more tempting. From Toronto - Johann Smith is a very interesting option, with a huge upside, but because of the need to find experienced defenders, I'm expecting Hunter Freeman to be the pick.

In short -- the top 12: Prideaux, Flores, Evans, McManus, Dello-Russo, Ashe, Wahl, Allen, Smith, Parke, Williams, Riley, Freeman. If I had to guess which 2 won't be picked -- I'd go with Flores and Allen.

From United? Please....

Posted by: fischy | November 24, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

If I'm Seattle, Evans from C'bus and Thompson from NE for sure; Prideaux possibly.

Posted by: b18bolo | November 24, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

@ jay -- In the MLS, there are no free agents. Seattle can't just sign Prideaux. The Fire own his MLS rights.

Posted by: fischy | November 24, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Seattle should take Marco Pappa (M), Zach Wells (G), Eddie Gaven (M), Jeff Parke (D), Ian Joy (D), Nate Jaqua (F), Johann Smith (M/F) and three of these four:

Wells Thompson (M), Ned Grabavoy (M), Jose Burciaga (D) and Jim Curtin (D).

Posted by: tfoisie | November 24, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I've been rootin' around now and then for months to see if anyone else has been signed from the USL Sounders.
Might they have an advantage of the average expansion team? I swear when the season started last year, SJ only had like 15 guys.
I'm gonna guess that Seattle isn't going to Sleep like that.

Anyway, I did find this link to the leaked Sounders Jersey action. Click on the scanned page to view the shorts, warm up, etc. Looks like a scanned page of a particular soccer mail order...

Posted by: DadRyan | November 24, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Why would Seattle take Zach Wells? Use a selection and pay ~50k for a guy who couldn't hack it as starter to serve as Keller's caddy?

If any DCU player interests Seattle, I'd think it would be Doe. Why? Because he is young with some upside, showed development in his time with United, and can be had at a low cost.

My Picks: Prideaux (72k), Burciaga (82k), Pat Noonan (175k), Doe (41k), Waibel (70k), Wells Thompson (33k!)

Six picks for 473k salary. Ray Burse might be a good pick for Keller's backup and comes in at 33k. Pat Phelan is tempting (to be groomed to replace prideaux / waibel), but Wells Thompson has the same price tag and is more established.

Kovalenko (200k) and/or Ronnie O'Brien (259k) are also worth consideration, despite their age and price tags.

I'd likely try to trade the remaining picks.

Posted by: noptov | November 24, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

This deserves ridicule. I'll give him some leeway as he was drunk on locker room champagne, but come on man . . . Columbus has the best connection with fans!>?! Dems fighting words .. .

FYI, he was talking about giving MLS Cup to the Supporters Shield winner . .

“I don’t think MLS will ever do it, but it would be awesome for us,” Crew midfielder Robbie Rogers said. “I don’t think there is another club, apart from maybe Toronto, that has a connection with their fans like we do."

Posted by: delantero | November 24, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Yo delantero, take it easy on Rogers. It was a combo of the champagne and euphoria of victory that is triggering his delusions. No disrepect to the Hudson Street "Hooligans", of course...

Posted by: yankiboy | November 24, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

bulk of the starters for half the cap at $1.344m

Posted by: beergorila | November 24, 2008 8:06 PM


Nice job. I like that line up . . do you work for the Sounders>!

Posted by: delantero | November 24, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Is there something (like a no trade clause) that required Colorado to protect Gomez? I can't think of another reason why they would protect him. He rode the bench for most of the season and has a big salary - almost no chance Seattle would take him.

Also, Seattle has already signed the other Nyassi twin (Sanna) for 33k and Le Toux from the USL Sounders (96k). Both are young and from a quick look appear to be attacking midfielders.

Posted by: noptov | November 24, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

From a Crew fan, give Robbie a break.

Also, let us win 3 more MLS Cups, another USOC title, 2 more Supporter's Shields, the Concacaf Champions League, and the InterAmerica Cup (if they still have it), and maybe our bond will be as strong as yours. ;)

Seriously, we've made some pretty good strides. Maybe its my eastern conference bias, but I still rate DC, Chicago, C'Bus, and TFC as the best fan bases.

Posted by: TrueCrew | November 24, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I'd choose from the following: Chivas: Dan Kennedy, Cart Talley, Lawson Vaughn, Alex Zotinca. Chicago: Mike Banner, Brandon Prideaux. Colorado: Tom mcManus, Terry Cooke, Facundo Erpen. Columbus: Eddie Gavin, Steven Lenhart, Stefani Miglioranzi. DC: Joe Vide, Zach Wells. Houston: Corey Ashe. KC: Ryan Pore. LA: Ely Allen, Chris Klein. NE: Gabriel Badilla, Wells Thompson. Red Bulls: John Wolyniec, Carlos Mendes. Real Salt Lake: Dema Kovaleko, Clint Mathis, Andy Williams. San Jose: Ronnie O'Brien, Ned Grabavoy. Toronto: Hunter Freeman. I find it interesting that Colorado benched Christian, but he is on the protected list. They must have made up???

Posted by: VirginiaFan | November 24, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Really narrowing it down there VirginiaFan? What I find surprising is that I still think you left off some of the players who actually will be picked. Oh well -- I guess that's the fun of doing lists like these....

Posted by: fischy | November 25, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: TrueCrew | November 24, 2008 10:56 PM

Right, it's on . . . and thank you for beating the Red Bulls . .

I'll give props to Columbus for winning the double . . it's not an easy thing to do . . . but I still stick by my Barra/Eagles/La Norte!!!

And we've been through several up and down cycles and still play in the loveable pit of RFK, but still bring it!

Posted by: delantero | November 25, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

RE: the Gomez question from noptov.

Rumors are Colorado is trying to trade Gomez. He has value and teams will look at the offer especially if the Rapids appear willing to absorb some of his salary cap hit.

I would love to see him back in black next year. With Gallardo STILL recovering from injuries, having a solid attacking mid-fielder on the roster will be needed to keep offensive consistancy next year in order to make the playoffs and competitively in CCL. Those are important to us, right?

Posted by: niknakdcu | November 25, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Re: Gomez question -- it's possible that Colorado is deliberately holding on to him, as trade bait. However, that's an unlikely explanation -- since there's virtually no chance that Seattle would take him in the draft. A much more likely explanation is that he has a no-trade clause. The rules for this draft require teams to protect any DP with a no-trade clause.

Posted by: fischy | November 25, 2008 2:45 AM | Report abuse


Congrats on the double, but don't DCU and Toronto have twice as many paid fans at games (nearly 20,000) compared to the Crew?

Goff has written about the ticket giveaways in Columbus before in this blog. The Crew is apparently the most aggressive in the league in giving away tickets to matches.

Posted by: billindmd | November 25, 2008 3:35 AM | Report abuse

Everytime I look at the salary sheet for MLS, I am more and more amazed that there aren't some locker room stabbings from time to time.

The salary disparities - especially among journymen starters and underperforming DPs is shocking.

Posted by: roadkit | November 25, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Without costing it all out, my picks would be:

Burse (FCD)
Prideaux (CHI)
Peralta (DCU)
Curtin (CHV)
Evans (CLB)
Cooke (COL)
Wells Thompson (NE)
Johann Smith (TOR)
Jacqua (HOU)
Wolnyiec (NY)

2 reserves and 9 likely starters.

On ticket giveaways, I think DCU should target college students, UMd, UVa fans etc. with midweek freebies, especially for TV dates. Nothing at the weekends, but let's get some more live bodies into the stadium midweek, and maybe build a future audience.

Posted by: oz4dcu | November 25, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

DCU need not ticket give aways. I'm hoping economic downturn, either gets ticket prices lowered for the interim, and maybe some weeknight beer specials!!! If it can't be 2 buck beers, how bout 3 buck beers? I wouldn't necessarily get to *more* games, but I bet I'd be able to convince some of my peers to come along.

Posted by: DadRyan | November 25, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

The Dynamo are practically giving away tickets to their CCL game mañana. When you click on their site, you get an ad for group sales at $5 a head.

Discounted tickets for CCL games? Gee, I wonder how many people here suggested that DCU do that?

Posted by: fischy | November 25, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

My thinking is Seattle doesn't need a backup keeper. They're allowed to pull players up from the USL team, and Chris Eylander isn't a bad keeper. Would be a suitable backup for Keller.

Jaqua might be a done deal. He wants to go to Seattle, and there have been talks about that.

Don't think of Randolph as a "Galaxy defender." His best position is wing-midfield, but he can play on the backline, too.

I'd take Pappa and Ian Joy (RSL), Pitchkolan (FCD), Wells Thompson, maybe Vide, maybe Curtin. And I would consider Chris Klein, solely for his leadership and work ethic.

Gaven is tempting, but Evans might be the biggest steal here. And maybe Lawson Vaughn, but El Sueno might be too good a deal to turn down.

Posted by: LAStory | November 25, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I'd pick these guys:
Marco Pappa
Dan Kennedy
Tom McManus
Pat Noonan
Gonazlo Peralta
Ray Burse
Wade Barrett
Nelson Pizzaro
Josh Tudela
Brandon Manzonelli
Danleigh Borman
Nathan Sturgis
James Riley
Johann Smith

Why two goalkeepers? Kennedy as trade bait for a good right back. Burse as backup to Keller. The total payroll (2008 figures) would be less than 1.1M for these guys.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | November 25, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Here is my analysis:

Posted by: ian11 | November 25, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

They only get 10 picks...

Posted by: fischy | November 25, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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