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MLS sets draft guidelines for players in contractual limbo after the season

By Steve Goff

Under the terms of the new MLS collective bargaining agreement, players have greater freedom than ever before to move between clubs in the league if they are out of contract or the option on their deal was not renewed. In the past, their most recent club retained their rights, even if the team had no intention of re-signing them, as long as they made a credible offer.

On Dec. 8, proceeding in reverse order of final finish in the 2010 season (you're up, D.C. United) and then involving the expansion teams, clubs will be able to claim:

*Players who are at least 23 years old and have a minimum of three years of MLS experience whose options were not exercised (available at option salary for 2011).

*Players who are at least 25 with a minimum of four years of MLS experience who are out of contract and whose club does not wish to re-sign them at their previous salary (available at 2010 salary).

*Players who are at least 30 with a minimum of eight years of MLS experience who are out of contract and whose club does not wish to re-sign them (available for at least 105 percent of their 2010 salary).

For more details about the re-entry process, a second draft a week later and other mechanisms, click here.

By Steve Goff  | November 10, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  | Tags:  MLS  
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Comments

Um. Yeah. So...

I give up.

Did somebody say "Three Lions Pub"?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | November 10, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

*cough* *cough* Juan Pablo Angel *cough* *cough*

Posted by: Unitedfury | November 10, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

we better lock up Morsink for next season soon

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | November 10, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Senor Goff: can you clarify something about the above? I thought that the expansion teams went before the existing teams in all the draft/allocation order-ish stuff; but your post above seems to read that they come *after* existing teams in this process of picking up players that fit into the categories you list above. Do I have you right?


Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | November 10, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Yep, done deal. JPA and Santa Cruz in black and red next year. Oh and Santa Claus too.

Posted by: benonthehill | November 10, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

It would be really nice to have a coach lined up by then. Decisions like....claiming Juan Pablo Angel (or any other big salary) really need to be ones that a coach is driving.

Also, unless it's someone like JPA (and I'm under no illusions--he's always missed games every year with a bad back and he's 35--he's not going to start 30 games in MLS and score 15 goals), we're not likely to get a star player. But when you're as bad as we were last year, you need to exploit every opportunity to you can to get better. B/c we're not a team that is going to sign 1-2 players or draft a really good rookie and suddenly be good.

We have to:
--see some young players get a lot better (I'm talking about you Andy Najar...go from rookie phenom to may a league star. And Dejan Jakovic...maybe becoming one of the 5-6 best central defenders in MLS would be a good thing.)
--see some other youngsters who contributed nothing b/c of injuries assume starting roles (Wallace and Pontius)
--see some veterans return to form (Perkins, Burch, and Quaranta).
--see Boskovic and Hernandez (assuming both return and b/c of their contracts you have to assume that) get acclimated to MLS and become game changers.
--get 1-2 rookies who start or play a lot and are really good.
--get a waiver wire pickup who contributes (as a starter or key reserve...doesn't have to be the equivalent of Brian Ching, just a good contributor).

And then we still need to add a couple of players. Angel might be a good addition. He's certainly a good team leader and finisher--that might be a good combination with Hernandez. We'd still need a creative force in the middle of the field (unless that's Boskovic) and a lot more depth.

Posted by: JoeW1 | November 10, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

DC may not get the equivalent of Ching, but we will surely get someone that Payne is "very excited about"

Posted by: TenoriosLaptop | November 10, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't see how DCU is going to draft JPA in phase 1 at the salary those rules seem to require, given the current investor situation. I'm unclear on how phase 2 works. Maybe at that point they can renegotiate something more reasonable.

Posted by: benonthehill | November 10, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Juan Pablo Angel? For that much money, I'd like to see someone who's NOT 37 yrs old. He won't play for more than another year at that level...

Posted by: ericruenes | November 10, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't think JP Angel should be signed to a long-term contract but a 1-year DP deal might be OK. He has a minimum of 12 goals scored in each of the last 4 MLS regular seasons, I don't think anyone else can currently claim that:

http://www.mlssoccer.com/player/juan-pablo-angel

Of course, last offseason I was arguing for keeping Luciano Emilio so veteran players don't stay productive forever. Still, I think JPA is worth a relatively big money but short duration contract.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | November 10, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Since Kevin Payne seems to be making ALL the decisions, including what players will make up the team, maybe he should just instate himself as coach. Then, when his plan doesn´t work we could actually fire him.

Posted by: redskinsux | November 10, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we can find a Qatari who plays in Australia.

Posted by: delantero | November 10, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Ben, if we have Santa Cruz and JPA in uniform next year, Santa Claus has done his work already

Posted by: teo_68 | November 10, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Holy Lowered Expectations Batman!
You're willing to accept a 35 year old ex-metropuke and believe that's a Santa Clausianesque delivery? How about finding the next Angel in his prime???
Have we already given up on actually being good?

Posted by: dsheon1 | November 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Holy Lowered Expectations Batman!
You're willing to accept a 35 year old ex-metropuke and believe that's a Santa Clausianesque delivery? How about finding the next Angel in his prime???
Have we already given up on actually being good?

Posted by: dsheon1 | November 11, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

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