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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Wednesday kickaround: MLS re-entry draft, Club World Cup, Hapoel Tel Aviv goal, TV listings

By Steve Goff

*The day has finally arrived! The inaugural MLS re-entry draft is here! Okay, so maybe just a few players will be selected and the high-profile veterans will be passed over for financial reasons. But the fact that this is even taking place -- players able to move between clubs in the league without their previous employer maintaining draconian rights -- is a big step. And the second stage next week should bring additional movement. For a league that just a year ago offered few rights to players out of contract or who had their option rejected, this is a positive step in a young league's evolution.

Today's draft will begin at 2 p.m. ET. I'm not expecting any live audio coverage, as with the expansion draft two weeks ago, because clubs are under no obligation to select anyone. Instead, the league will probably leave it to the teams to announce whether they've selected someone. As a reminder, here is the list of available players. Keep in mind that, in the case of a player whose option was declined, a club selecting him in this first stage will inherit his predetermined salary. D.C. United, you're on the clock. The team is, indeed, planning to claim someone.

*The Club World Cup begins today in Dubai (is that near Qatar?) with Al Wadha of the UAE playing Hekari United from Papua New Guinea (11 a.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, foxsoccer.tv). The winner will face South Korea's Seongnam in the quarterfinals Saturday. Although there are no MLS teams in the competition, there is an American presence with U.S. players Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Marco Vidal competing for Pachuca, the CONCACAF champion, which opens play Friday against Mazembe of Congo DR.

For today's TV listings, go to the continuation of this blog item. But first, video of Eren Zahavi's beautiful goal for Hapoel Tel Aviv vs. Lyon:

*Soccer on TV:
Club World Cup, Al Wadha-Hekari United 11 a.m. FSC
FA Cup, FC United of Manchester-Brighton 5 p.m. FSP
Sundamericana, Independiente-Goias 7 p.m. Fox Deportes
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal-Partizan 2:45 p.m. FSC
Real Madrid-Auxerre 2:45 p.m. Fox Deportes (tape at 5 on FSC)
Marseille-Chelsea 2:45 p.m. FSP (tape at 7 on FSC)
AC Milan-Ajax 2:45 p.m. DirecTV (481)
Bayern Munich-Basel 2:45 p.m. DirecTV (484)
Cluj-Roma 2:45 pm. DirecTV (482)
Zilina-Spartak Moscow 2:45 p.m. DirecTV (485)
Donetsk-Braga 2:45 p.m. DirecTV (483)

Several matches available online at foxsoccer.tv

By Steve Goff  | December 8, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
Categories:  Club World Cup, Euro Champions League, MLS, TV  | Tags:  Club World Cup, MLS  
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Comments

Please no fallen Angel for DC United.

Posted by: Ron16 | December 8, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

It's a real shame that the Tel Aviv squad opened group play so badly. I thought they could be the surprise of the group round, and I said as much here. They've definitely shown some individual brilliance and the way the team has finished with 4 points in their last 2 road games has brought the team some much-deserved respect.

Eran Zahavi's goal was spectacular, but he has probably been the biggest break-put player in the tournament. He'll probably be getting a lot of interest from true European leagues, but if DC United is looking for a scorer, they might consider opening up the checkbook for this guy. Israeli footballers are probably more likely to be interested in Washington, DC than players of any other nationality. MLS and DC might also want to talk to Eran Zahavi's namesake, Alex Zahavi, who recently scored in his USA U20 debut.

Posted by: fischy | December 8, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I meant to say that Enyeama has continued to burnish his World Cup reputation, with spectacular saves followed by uneven play. He's got as much potential as any goalie in the world, but I don't see a really big team taking a chance on him just yet.Maybe he needs a good goalie coach. Simpson's available...(heh heh)

Posted by: fischy | December 8, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

My money's on DC taking Corey Gibbs.

Posted by: fischy | December 8, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I like the re-entry draft idea, and I'm glad the owners agreed with the players' union to make this happen. I see it as a step on the league's development and maturing process.

Cluj-Roma 2:45 pm. DirecTV (482)

Who will win? I haven't got a Cluj.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 8, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

@fischy,

If they make a 1st phase pick, I think you're right. Obviously, it's possible that they pass on that phase altogether and bet that they can pick up one of the better defenders on the cheap in phase 2.

OTOH, IF they think they can sign JPA as a low-rent DP, then they probably have to grab a defender in phase 1. Gibbs strikes me as the only one who's cheap enough to grab at his current salary.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 8, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Goff,
any news on DC United being the team targeting Atletico Juniors playamker Giovanni Hernandez? He reminds me so much of "El Diablo" and not just the hair but his passing ability is incredible. Keep us posted.

Posted by: DCFaninSocal | December 8, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Goff tweeted that DCU will make a phase 1 pick, and mentioned Mulrooney ($135k) as a dark horse.

Posted by: benonthehill | December 8, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I know Chang et al have said they will not spend seven-digit style DP money, but these salaries at $250k or less should not be a problem, should they? Moreno and Allsopp freed up a lot of funds, right? If these re-entrants are washed up, then fine, avoid them, but I hope it's not the salaries that hold United back.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 8, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Whew, because I was worried that DCU might be cheap and not take someone...

Posted by: Reignking | December 8, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

@DCFaninSocal,

Giovanni Hernandez? 34, listed 5'8"? He sounds like an impactful player... just not for us

Posted by: carmines757 | December 8, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh god, please don't let it me Tyrone Marshall..... or Pete Vagenas...

Posted by: DadRyan | December 8, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh.... We're so drafting Carey Talley.

Posted by: SoccerVA | December 8, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Club World Cup begins today...

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Posted by: Kev29 | December 8, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Goff Tweeted:

"Awaiting DCU pick in re-entry draft. I'm hearing it's not Conrad or Mulrooney."

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | December 8, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Ngwenya?

Posted by: combedge | December 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Reignking takes fallschurch1 as the authority on the matter, details at 11:00.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | December 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Even had a presser ready to go at 2:00pm...

http://www.dcunited.com/news/2010/12/olsen-on-ngwenya-and-rebuilding

Posted by: combedge | December 8, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Nqwenya it is. Good choice. He'll produce as much or more than Angel, at a lower price.

Posted by: Ron16 | December 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Great goal by Zehavi.

Posted by: gadlut | December 8, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Geez, our management is CHEAP. Picked up a guy who made 72k last seaason. He's never scored more than a handful of goals anywhere in MLS.

He is a decent (squad) player but that's it. Not going to improve the team but just be another body.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | December 8, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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