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Posted at 7:43 PM ET, 11/22/2010

D.C. United's protected and unprotected lists ahead of the MLS expansion draft

By Steve Goff

Ahead of the MLS expansion draft Wednesday, D.C. United has announced its list of 11 protected and 11 unprotected players. As homegrown signings, midfielder Andy Najar, goalkeeper Bill Hamid and midfielder Conor Shanosky are exempt from the draft and do not need to be protected.

PROTECTED
D Dejan Jakovic, MF Branko Boskovic, MF-F Chris Pontius, D Marc Burch, D-MF Rodney Wallace, MF-F Santino Quaranta, MF Stephen King, MF-F Junior Carreiro, D Jed Zayner, MF Clyde Simms, D Julius James.

UNPROTECTED
GK Troy Perkins, F Pablo Hernandez, D-MF Devon McTavish, MF Brandon Barklage, F Adam Cristman, D Jordan Graye, MF Kurt Morsink, D Barry Rice, MF Carlos Varela, D Juan Manuel Pena, F Danny Allsopp.

Pena is expected to retire. Allsopp and DCU agreed to terminate his contract, and he's going to probably sign in Australia. In addition, Jaime Moreno is seeking a club in Bolivia and also weighing retirement after DCU cut ties this fall. Protecting Carreiro is a surprise, but clubs must retain a certain number of international players, based on a complex formula. In United's case, that number is three. (James does not count as an international because he has a green card.)

The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps will select 10 players apiece from the some 150 candidates after 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday. None of the returning 16 clubs will lose more than two players, some might not lose any. When a team does lose a player, it will be permitted to shift an unprotected player to the protected list.

Salaries are major factors in the expansion draft, so high-profile players aren't certain of being selected. Perkins, for instance, is slated to earn more than $200,000 next year -- he was the second-highest paid keeper in MLS this season behind Seattle's Kasey Keller -- and he seems unlikely to be chosen. Hernandez has a guaranteed contract in excess of $250,000 (on an annual scale) through July.

For the list of players from other clubs available in the draft.....

AVAILABLE IN EXPANSION DRAFT
Chivas USA
Borja, Carlos
Bornstein, Jonathan (going to Mexican league)
Chijindu, Chukwudi
Espinoza, Rodolfo
Galindo, Maykel
Gordon, Alan
Kennedy, Dan
Lillingston, Eduardo
Maldonado, Giancarlo
Mayen, Gerson
Padilla, Jesus
Romero, Osael
Saragosa, Marcelo
Trujillo, Mariano
Zotinca, Alex

Chicago Fire
Castillo, Nery
Dykstra, Andrew
John, Collins
Krol, Krzysztof
Ljungberg, Freddie
Lowry, Peter
Robinson, Dasan
Thorrington, John
Umanzor, Deris

Colorado Rapids
Akpan, Andre
Amarikwa, Quincy
Ceus, Steward
Joyce, Ian
LaBauex, Ross
Lopez, Claudio
O'Brien, Ciaran
Palguta, Scott
Schunk, Ross
Thompson, Wells
Vagenas, Peter
Wallace, Anthony

Columbus Crew
Brunner, Eric
Burns, Kevin
Garey, Jason
Griffit, Leandre
Gruenebaum, Andy
Hejduk, Frankie
Moffat, Adam
Oughton, Duncan
Padula, Gino
Schelotto, Guillermo Barros
Williams, Joshua

FC Dallas
Avila, Eric
Cunningham, Jeff
Davies, Kyle
Edward, Edson
Guarda, Bruno
Harris, Atiba
Hernandez, Daniel
McCarty, Dax
Rodriguez, Milton
Sala, Dario
Yeisley, Jason

Houston Dynamo
Appiah, Samuel
Ashe, Corey
Cochrane, Ryan
Mulrooney, Richard
Ngwenya, Joseph
Obodai, Anthony
Oduro, Dominic
Onstad, Pat
Robinson, Eddie

Sporting Kansas City
Aiyegbusi, Korede
Beasley, Jamar
Chhetri, Sunil
Conrad, Jimmy
Diop, Birahim
Hercegfalvi, Zoltan
Hohlbein, Aaron
Kounenakis, Nick
Kronberg, Eric
Leathers, Jonathan
Myers, Chance
Thomas, Shavar
Wolff, Josh

Los Angeles Galaxy
Berhalter, Gregg
Cazumba, Alex
Da Silva, Leonardo
Jordan, Bryan
Kirovski, Jovan
Kovalenko, Dema
Magee, Mike
Marshall, Yohance
Perk, Brian
Saunders, Josh

New England Revolution
Boggs, Zak
Burpo, Preston
Colaluca, Nico
Dube, Kheli
Gibbs, Cory
Griffiths, Jason
Linck, Roberto
Murray, Tim
Phelan, Pat
Sinovic, Seth
Smith, Khano
Stolica, Ilija

New York Red Bulls
Angel, Juan Pablo
Boyens, Andrew
Chinn, Conor
da Luz, Austin
Garcia, Irving
Nielsen, Brian
Robinson, Carl
Salou, Ibrahim
Sassano, Luke
Sutton, Greg
Talley, Carey
Ubiparipovic, Sinisa

Philadelphia Union
Arrieta, Cristian
Coudet, Eduardo
Fred
Jacobson, Andrew
Knighton, Brad
Miglioranzi, Stefani
Moreno, Alejandro
Noone, Joseph
Salinas, Shea
Seitz, Chris
Zimmerman, Nick

Real Salt Lake
Alexandre, Jean
Campos, Pablo
Findley, Robbie
Gonzalez, Nelson
Grabavoy, Ned
Horst, David
McKenzie, Rauwshan
Melia, Timothy
Nimo, Alex
Reynish, Kyle
Russell, Robbie
Schuler, Chris
Warner, Collen
Williams, Andy

San Jose Earthquakes
Alvarez, Arturo
Andre Luiz
Beitashour, Steve
Burling, Bobby
Cannon, Joe
Corrales, Ramiro
Eduardo
Geovanni
Glen, Cornell
Leitch, Chris
Morrow, Justin
Ring, Brad
Ward, Tim

Seattle Sounders
Baudet, Julien
Boss, Terry
Earls, Danny
Estrada, David
Gonzalez, Leonardo
Graham, Taylor
Ianni, Patrick
Levesque, Roger
Marshall, Tyrone
Montano, Miguel
Nkufo, Blaise
Noonan, Pat
Nyassi, Sanna
Scott, Zacharias
Seamon, Michael
Sturgis, Nathan
Wahl, Tyson

Toronto FC
Barrett, Chad
de Guzman, Julian
Gala, Gabe
Garcia, Nick
Hscanovics, Raivis
Ibrahim, Fuad
Kocic, Milos
Martinez, Miguel Angel Ferrer
Nane, Joseph
Sanyang, Amadou
Saric, Martin
Usanov, Maxim
White, O'Brian

By Steve Goff  | November 22, 2010; 7:43 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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Comments

No real surprises.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 22, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

How the hell does Burch keep getting protected?

I was off by two: Burch over Perkins, and Junior over Hernandez. Can't say I'm too torn up about either one, but the Burch thing is just asinine.

Posted by: jason1551 | November 22, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I think DCU got this one right. Graye is the only unprotected player that I thought might be worth it, but I'm having a hard time picking someone I'd like to see switch places with him. Besides, Soehn had that weird thing for Fred and probably would have taken Junior on blind faith.

Unfortunate that Junior had to sign a contract before the end of the year, or whatever gentlemen's agreement they'd presumably worked out could've worked out.

Posted by: benonthehill | November 22, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

jason1551,

1. Serviceable LBs—even barely serviceable—are hard to come by.
2. Remember Soehn's unflappable loyalty to Burch? TS would've snapped him up in a heartbeat.

Bottom line: I think it's unlikely anyone gets drafted from United.

Posted by: benonthehill | November 22, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

From a rebuilding standpoint, it's a very smart list. I bet Vancouver (and Soehn) go for McTavish. McTavish played a number of roles under Soehn and actually scored some goals. I bet Tom would view McTavish as a wish expansion pick--a guy who could start at 6 or 7 different positions for the team and as they got better, stick around as a valuable utility guy. Perkins will probably be passed over as both teams have GKs under contract and it makes sense to take Perkins if you think he'll start for you.

Burch got protected not b/c he's a great player but b/c he'd be picked by Soehn and Vancouver. And as a rebuilding team, DCU wants to protect as many options as possible. We can always cut players later. But to lose someone in the expansion draft is a hole you have to fill rather than go after players that fill critical needs.

As it is, you look at our list and most of the guys on there (other than McTavish) are ones you'd want to avoid. Hernandez is on loan--what expansion team would want to waste a pick on a player you wouldn't own? Even Graye--I guess you could say he's cheap and young. But there are plenty of other defenders you could say that about too.

Posted by: JoeW1 | November 22, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

did I miss something or does PU leavin Seitz out there seem like a bit of a gamble...

Posted by: VTUnited | November 22, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I dont know, nor do I care, what Dax McCarty is making, but I'm picking him.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 22, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

@JoeW1,

Valid point about McT's value as a utility player on an expansion team, but what's he making? I thought he was on the expensive side. Maybe $125K or so.

Posted by: benonthehill | November 22, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Actually, PU left BOTH of their top keepers (Seitz and Knighton) exposed. There are a lot of keepers exposed (Houston with Onstad, us with Perkins). The thinking is that Portland has Cronin under contract and Vancouver has either 1 or 2 GKs under contract. They aren't going to waste an expansion pick on a GK unless they're sure he's a major upgrade over what they already have. Plus, the rumor is that Marcus Hahnneman may want to return to the NW.

Now, here's a thought--if we're smart, we'll identify someone on another team's list that we'd like to have and then swing a deal with an expansion team to pick that player and trade 'em to us (just like San Jose did with Carroll and Columbus).

Posted by: JoeW1 | November 22, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Trade Burch to Vancouver for Dax McCarty after they pick him.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | November 22, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

@JoeW1 - 100% agree on McT. hes the perfect "expansion player". cheap, can play a few spots, good glue guy. i wish theyd have kept him over King, but we didn't give up a 2nd for McT...

I thought Burch looked pretty sharp this year, though obviously in very limited action. Graye wasn't the answer at either outside back.

Posted by: VTUnited | November 22, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

@benonthehill - McT was at $70/72.5K this year.

Posted by: VTUnited | November 22, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow, pena is expected to retire? Funny, because I was under the impression that he retired eight months ago.

Posted by: stairs | November 22, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe that Jovan Kirovski is only 34.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 22, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, pena is expected to retire? Funny, because I was under the impression that he retired eight months ago.

Posted by: stairs | November 22, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Stupid mobile phone double posting my unfunny one-liners. I'm expansion-listing myself for that.

Does it annoy anyone else that we don't have a coach during this whole wheeling and dealing phase of the year? Or do coaches just not get any say in the roster under the payne / kasper way of doing things?

Posted by: stairs | November 22, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Stupid mobile phone double posting my unfunny one-liners. I'm expansion-listing myself for that.

Does it annoy anyone else that we don't have a coach during this whole wheeling and dealing phase of the year? Or do coaches just not get any say in the roster under the payne / kasper way of doing things?

Posted by: stairs | November 22, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

*It's hard to believe Pena is only 37.*

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | November 22, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

There is really only one strike that McTavish has against him--he's 27 (which is pretty much ancient for a guy you'd choose in the expansion draft--unless you were picking an impact player). Otherwise, that's who I think we lose--to Vancouver!

Posted by: JoeW1 | November 22, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

At the Kevin Payne meets the season ticket holders event, Payne insisted that Burch is one of the team leaders / young players around whom the rebuilding will be done. I don't get it, but that is the strong view

Posted by: DCUSince96 | November 22, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Hire Soehn!

Posted by: OWNTF | November 22, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I was lobbying for the team to protect McTavish over Burch because of Burch's injury problems last year. And, I thought it was just far too risky to leave Perkins exposed, regardless of his salary. Yes, Portland has Cronin, but Vancouver is leading with Nolly and hoping Hahnemann comes home in the summer? HOnestly, I wouldn't be shocked if Perkins is picked, and then DC is really up the creek. THey badly overpaid last year because they were desperate to bring in a goalie. What would they have to do in this offseason, if htey lost Perkins?

Speaking of overpaying -- NYRB traded Jeremy Hall, a former 1st rounder, for a third-round pick. That points up what Iv'e been saying for onths -- that DCU got taken to the cleaners in giving up their 2nd round pick (21st pick in the entire draft) for Stephen King, who was the less coveted college teammate of Hall (King was drafted in the 3rd round).

Back to the protect list -- despite what benonthehill wrote about Junior, DCU didn't lose anything by protecting him. It was a no-brainer, because the team had to protect 3 or 4 internationals (depending on James's status, who is listed still as an int'l), So, it had to be Jakovic, Boskovic, and Carreiro (and maybe James). There really wasn't any reason to protect anyone else -- Varela is probably going back to Swiss League, and United would probably be delighted to see Hernandez's big contract claimed by another team. If Junior wasn't on the team, they would have had to protect one of those two, which would be pointless.

Posted by: fischy | November 22, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I agree with JoeW and others who think Soehn might go for a familiar face in the unspectacular but versatile McTavish.

But overall, there seem to be far more attractive options on other team's lists. Some of those may be outta contract or really expensive for MLS teams but there seem to be fewer lumps of coal or white elephants on other teams' lists.

Maybe DC United doesn't lose anyone.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 22, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Jacob -- I can't imagine what Dallas is thinking, leaving McCarty unprotected, unless he's headed to Europe. If he's planning to stay in MLS, he should be the first pick. Wouldn't be surprised toe see a Rapis player go with the 2nd pick -- either Wallace or Thompson.

Chivas has left a lot of good players unprotected, which makes me wonder who they've protected and why they did so badly this year.

On the other hand, neitehr expansion team is goign to build a winning team off this motley assortment of overpriced players and disappointing former high draft picks.

Posted by: fischy | November 22, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I think LA's backup keeper is a better value ($57K) than Perkins. and although hes getting up there in age, the Caps could go for national team keeper Pat Onstad...

Posted by: VTUnited | November 22, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Per Señor Goff, McCarty makes about $165k+. I presume the "+" refers to incentives and such. Totally worth it.

Read somewhere else that he and Hyndman had a falling out, and remember earlier this season the almost traded him to San Jose before they ended up getting Cronin from Toronto.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 23, 2010 5:23 AM | Report abuse

I think leaving Graye unprotected is a mistake. He has good speed and can play either fullback position. He is still raw, and his crossing is poor, but he is likely to be taken. Branko would not have been taken because of his salary, so he should have been left unprotected.

Posted by: wmsiii | November 23, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

I was really hoping do-nothing-dud Boscovic would be left unprotected and then picked up. A pipe dream, I know, since he does so little and as a DP makes so much.

Posted by: Ron16 | November 23, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Branko would not have been taken because of his salary, so he should have been left unprotected.

Posted by: wmsiii | November 23, 2010 6:55 AM
__________________________________________

Is it possible that Boskovic has a no-trade clause? Teams must make decisions that are consistent with the contracts that they have with particular players.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 23, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

See the comment from a certain quadruped on Goff's Twitter page.

Posted by: universityandpark | November 23, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

A*@&@#*(&@#$*@#&$@# - I was hoping someone might take Boskovic. How? I dunno. Maybe they would fax their pick over and the ink would smear and instead of it saying McTavish the DC United front office would read it as Boskovic and send him packing for the great white north.

Please someone, take Varela. Losing him would bring the team's average age down to 17.5 years old. Lose Boskovic and it becomes 15 years old.

Posted by: Twitch703 | November 23, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Graye was terrible last season and never seemed to make any improvement. How many goals were a result of his poor play? Lots of them.

I am a little surprised Morsink was left unprotected. We don't have much grit other than him. He seems like the sort of guy who gets drafted in these sorts of things...not making a lot of money, character guy, etc. But with so many teams now there are lots of players on that list. So I am not sure either team will be taking anyone from the worst team in the league.

I am baffled by Burch as much as everyone else. I guess KP doesn't watch the same games we all do.

Posted by: fedssocr | November 23, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

It's a calculated risk re: GK's and D's. McT, Graye, and Perkins all have value, but whomever is picked first (if anyone), DCU gets to pull one of those players back.

Oh, and suck it, Burch haters. He's earned every bit of the team's loyalty. They all can live without yours.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 23, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

PS: In fairness, as a repeat Wallace basher, I shall also suck it.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 23, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

If the unprotected list is any indication of players who could be on the trading block, Dax would be a helluva pick up for United. That's assuming Pontius and Santino can pull their weight as goal scoring forwards, which hasn't been the case lately....

Posted by: dsheon1 | November 23, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Burch has earned the team's loyalty. How? We need players with talent and skill. Most people would agree that Burch does not fit the description.

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | November 23, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Except the people who work with him every day.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | November 23, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I would have put Graye on the protected list for Burch. Burch must have something on DCU's front office that he is blackmailing them with because his play has been at best subpar.

Posted by: no_recess | November 23, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The people that work with him every day have guided this team to a last place finish. I guess you are correct the people that work with him must think he has talent and skill.

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | November 23, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Honestly, if we lose anyone (which I doubt) we would lose Jordan (you can never have enough left backs and his salary and youth are tempting); or Morsink because of the fire he brings (you can always use someone like that for $40,000). Not much left after that.

Posted by: rrchemo | November 23, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, if we lose anyone (which I doubt) we would lose Jordan (you can never have enough left backs and his salary and youth are tempting); or Morsink because of the fire he brings (you can always use someone like that for $40,000). Not much left after that.

Posted by: rrchemo | November 23, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Graye should have been protected. Yea he made some rookie type mistakes but showed much improvement for me after. He was beaten on the backpost twice but look who scored the goals. (Donovan-greatest American soccer player AND Wonolowski-arguably our leagues MVP this year). If you ask me we we're always a much more competitive team with him. Just take a look at the scores when he wasn't playing. 23 Goals against in the 20 games he played in compared to 25 goals against in the 10 game he didnt play.

Posted by: mannyfresh | November 23, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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