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Posted at 5:58 PM ET, 12/ 3/2010

List of players available in MLS re-entry draft

By Steve Goff

The first MLS re-entry draft provides veterans with the freedom to move to other clubs within the league. The first stage is Wednesday, the second the following week. Players available are primarily those who did not have the option on their contract exercised and hope to retain that salary in 2011. The 2010 finish determined the selection order, with D.C. United picking first. High-profile players are intriguing but most come with a substantial price tag.

MF Marcelo Saragosa, Chivas USA
D Alex Zotinca, Chivas USA
MF-F Claudio Lopez, Colorado Rapids
MF Ciaran O'Brien, Colorado Rapids
MF Peter Vagenas, Colorado Rapids
D Frankie Hejduk, Columbus Crew
MF Duncan Oughton, Columbus Crew
D Gino Padula, Columbus Crew
MF-F Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Columbus Crew
F Jaime Moreno, D.C. United
F Jeff Cunningham, FC Dallas
GK Dario Sala, FC Dallas
D Ryan Cochrane, Houston Dynamo
D-MF Richard Mulrooney, Houston Dynamo
F Joseph Ngwenya, Houston Dynamo
GK Pat Onstad, Houston Dynamo
MF Adrian Serioux, Houston Dynamo
MF-F Jovan Kirovski, Los Angeles Galaxy
MF Dema Kovalenko, Los Angeles Galaxy
GK Chris Sharpe, MLS pool goalkeeper
GK Preston Burpo, New England Revolution
MF Nico Colaluca, New England Revolution
D Cory Gibbs, New England Revolution
MF Khano Smith, New England Revolution
F Juan Pablo Angel, New York Red Bulls
MF Luke Sassano, New York Red Bulls
D Carey Talley, New York Red Bulls
MF-F Fred, Philadelphia Union
GK Chris Seitz, Philadelphia Union
MF Khari Stephenson, San Jose Earthquakes
D Tyrone Marshall, Seattle Sounders
D Jimmy Conrad, Sporting Kansas City
D Aaron Hohlbein, Sporting Kansas City
F Josh Wolff, Sporting Kansas City
D Nick Garcia, Toronto FC

For rules and guidelines.....

Clubs must exercise the option for, or extend a bonafide offer to, players selected in the first stage. Players who were out of contract may either accept or reject the bonafide offer. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Players with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to the drafting club's roster.

Any player selected in Stage 1 will remain on the drafting club's 2011 budget at the option price or bonafide offer price until April 1, 2011. Clubs and players may not mutually renegotiate that price to a lower number until April 1.

In Stage 2, clubs may select from players that are under contract and those not under contract. If a player is not under contract, the drafting club will be required to make a genuine offer to the player within seven days. In the event that an agreement cannot be reached between the drafting club and an out-of-contract player, the drafting club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Clubs may select their own players in Stage 2 only after all other clubs have declined to select those players.

If a player is not selected in either stage of the re-entry process, that player will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis to all clubs.

By Steve Goff  | December 3, 2010; 5:58 PM ET
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A few good names in there - but if I were the FO, I would mostly look at Conrad, Wolff, Gibbs, Hedjuk, and (the second coming of) Fred. If JPA is still in the draft during the second phase - I would give him a look as well.

Posted by: ManOfLaMancha | December 3, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Reignking | December 3, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Pretty simple.

We draft Cunningham, sign him to a 10 year contract and bench him.

Then we hope that Jaime ends up back at RFK playing for some other team and we let him score to re-capture the MLS title.

Posted by: Southeasterner | December 3, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Hedjuk would be great. We need a right back..and the dude can still play.

Posted by: matthewjfyoungs | December 3, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

It warms the heart to know that Pat Onstad is "unwanted". ;)

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | December 3, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Philly pull back Chris Seitz at the expansion draft and then don't protect him? Colorado trades for Pete Vagenas and then doesn't pick up his option? Bizarre.

Posted by: PEddy | December 3, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I agree about some of the bizarre measures (like Seitz and Vagenas).

I say we take Conrad in the 1st round. He gives us a team leader and organizer for what is a pretty young defense. But that assumes Jakovic can play more of a man-marker role.

Second go-around we take JPA and offer him a non-DP salary (which will probably still be MLS max or close to it).

Then at a that point we're just talking about adding depth players--looking for a bargain forward, adding defensive depth--that sort of thing.

As long as JPA and Conrad have reasonably healthy seasons (ie: each players 3/4rd of next year) than we've filled our critical needs (clinical finisher, defensive organizer and leader) with guys who we know can play in MLS (though their best days are behind them).

Posted by: JoeW1 | December 3, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Just a couple of incidental observations:

1. Remember all the preseason debate about if Philly and Nowak took us to the cleaners? Assuming Fred does not return to Philly, then it's not really about which team got the BETTER of the deal but which team got the worse. If Perkins returns to form, we rule. If he loses his job to Hamid than basically we gave up our #1 pick (for a future player--17 y.o. in Philly's case) for a reserve keeper.

2. FDC looked good all season. But assuming Cunningham does not return, this will be a team that lost two starters in the expansion draft and both of their top forwards (Harris and Cunningham). Obviously they can bring in new guys (and will) but MLS is full of stories of forwards who were brought in from overseas and laid an egg.

3. Boy--Houston is going through a complete remake. I know that a lot of their talent has yet to be brought in but traditionally that's a team that succeeds through teamwork, cohesion, familiarity. My uneducated guess at this point is that next year is probably a bad year for them.

Posted by: JoeW1 | December 3, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Hejduk would be a wonderful addition. That would give license for Najar to go more forward than backward.

Posted by: bdwooton | December 3, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Pretty simple.

We draft Cunningham, sign him to a 10 year contract and bench him.

Then we hope that Jaime ends up back at RFK playing for some other team and we let him score to re-capture the MLS title.

Posted by: Southeasterner | December 3, 2010 6:18 PM


Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 3, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

can we get jeff cunningham and stick him on the bench until he retires?

(don't look at me like that, you know it crossed your mind too.)

Posted by: stairs | December 3, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

[U17] USA 0 - Brazil 0 in the 35th. Americans with a couple of free kicks in Brazil's area, but one went to the keeper, the other to the wall. Even in lo-def, the field in Phoenix looks like a cow pasture in a drought.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

The US has a player named Pelosi. Yes Rand-al-Thor, he is on the left flank. FSC btw

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Schelloto, Angel or Conrad. Forget Fred though the Cunningham idea is pretty good too.

Posted by: LostinPotomac | December 3, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

+1 to the grab Cunningham to let him rot idea.

Id rather have Hejduk than Conrad, but its reasonable they could get both, no?

Posted by: VTUnited | December 3, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

USA 0 - Brazil 0 at the half.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Get a striker and a good d.
That is all.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | December 3, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

The baby made famous by Bebeto's goal celebration in 1994 is on the field for Brazil's U17s.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Brazil down to 10 after Luis Gustavo, already with a yellow, drilled the ball into the head of Mario Rodriguez who was on the ground. Initial foul on Rodriguez was by Emerson who was incorrectly sent off with a 2nd yellow. Refs confer and Emerson's 2nd yellow was revoked and Gustavo received his.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Outrageous behavior by Brazilian defenders. Brazil rightfully down to 9.

Posted by: JkR- | December 3, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Wallace sent off with a straight red. Brazil now two men down. Pelosi lucky not to be sent off for a retaliatory kick after teh foul by Wallace.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Having the Brazilian defenders sent off makes it easier for the US to be offside.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Final 0-0. USA advances to the final on points and will face Turkey on Sunday at 7PM.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 3, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Conrad's a leader all right, but I think I would rather have Cochrane or even 34-year old Mulrooney.

Posted by: b18bolo | December 3, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with Cochrane. He is much younger with good size. Only concern is why he did not play more at Houston this past year. If it was due to injury is he completely recovered? His 2010 salary was only $100K while Conrad was well over $225K. Another option is Cory Gibbs. His salary is only $130K. He is a little older but played 25 games for the Revs in 2010.

Posted by: rtm1 | December 3, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

@JoeW1 - i think Houston had a pretty bad year this year, no? they've definitely fallen behind a lot of the ascendant Western Conference teams, kind of the way DCU has on the Eastern side. fortunately for DC, the East would appear to have the easier climb back into contention.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | December 3, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I'd pick :

1) JPA (if he's willing to accept 600k or half what he was making)

2) Cory Gibbs; he's only 30 and has a good few years ahead of him

3) Gino Padula; he would immediately take over the LB spot from Burch

p.s. Conrad will be 34 by the time season starts

Posted by: Charisma_Man | December 3, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Messiah men and women in tomorrow's NCAA DIII national championships. Again.

I-270, if I go for your bait, fallschurch1 will firebomb my house. So I'll decline.

Some of those Brazilian players were pretty disgraceful.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 3, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

This is Chang's game now. I would take Angel, hands down. Go for a deal later. We need finishing, period. Hejduk's way too old to merit selection right now.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | December 4, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

The only pick that stands out to me for phase 1 is Cory Gibbs ($117K). I'm basing that on 2010 salaries, and I have no idea what constitutes a bona fide offer for guys out of contract.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 4, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

The only pick that stands out to me for phase 1 is Cory Gibbs ($117K). I'm basing that on 2010 salaries, and I have no idea what constitutes a bona fide offer for guys out of contract.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 4, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Trade the pick for a draft choice. This is a rebuilding year, not a shoot for the top year. Gibbs might be a possibility, but is a big injury risk.

Posted by: granadoskerry | December 4, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

Angel's the only proven, durable scorer on the list. Price tag is maybe too high, but nothing to lose from assuming his rights.

Conrad, Padula, and Hejduk all have some appeal. But none offers anywhere near the leap ahead positionally that Angel does.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | December 4, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Going against the flow here...I suggest picking up Ryan Cochrane. I think DC United is looking outside the country for a forward. Jose Francisco Torres has expressed interest in coming to MLS. I think we should sign him too! Please sign Torres!!!

Posted by: bigwave | December 4, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I mean, I'm not soothesayer, but I did make this claim about the 15th minute last night...!/thatgeniusjacob/status/10853473373392896

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | December 4, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

We're not getting Torres, and quite frankly, picking up midfielders right now is irresponsible. We kept Boskovic (whatever), picked up McCarty, and still have Pontius, Quaranta, Najar, Simms, and a promising Shannosky. We need another starting fullback and legit cover for the defense in general. We need someone who can finish to pair up with one of our finesse players (Hernandez would look useful if plays Went somewhere).

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | December 4, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

JPA might be a great pickup, but not at anything near his $1.8 million 2010 salary. What, maybe $1.5 million comes out of WC's pocket? Ain't happening. He's got phase 2 written all over him, but to United only if they can sign him for $600-800K tops.

Phase 1 might depend on whether they want to grab JPA in the first round of phase 2. If so, then they probably have to take a defender in phase 1 because those guys aren't going to be around in round 2 of phase 2.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 4, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse


And don't forget that we protected King from the start. AND protected Morsink when Graye was drafted.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 4, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Given the salaries of the players involved, I won't be surprise if DC sits this out.

Posted by: fischy | December 4, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The one to grab my eye is Joseph Ngwenya. He was a deadly finisher during Houston's title years and could provide a potent strike partner

Not sure what his 2K10 salary was, though it can't be any worse than the 5 goals we got out of the kangaroo.

Everyone else would be a better choice in round 2 or as a free agent later on (and for a lot less money).

Posted by: SoccerVA | December 4, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

If you can a decent deal, despite his age,
Guillermo Barros Schelottos is the best player there. I would definitively go to the stadium more if you get a player like that that is not only good but fun to watch.
After that Hedjuck is still a workhorse and Conrad is pretty solid too

Posted by: danielrr | December 10, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

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