With NYCFC and Orlando City ready to pull players from the existing 18 MLS teams shortly after MLS Cup, we revisit D.C. United's roster to ask who Ben Olsen should protect and who he should risk losing in the expansion draft.
We've touched on it a couple times since the end of D.C. United's 2014 season a couple weeks ago.
Ben Olsen is going to have some very difficult decisions to make with regards to keeping his most crucial players out of the grabby hands of Orlando City and NYCFC.
Here's the thing about doing an expansion draft piece without knowing the precise rules MLS will be using: You can either forge bravely ahead in the assumption that MLS will just use the old rules - that's what Ben did in round one - or you can hedge yourself against every foreseeable version of the rules MLS could create.
In the first of many posts on the subject, we take a first crack at who D.C. United should protect in the upcoming expansion draft.
You all have clamored for it, and now we give the people what they want. As we all know, the MLS Expansion Draft is coming up in a few short weeks, where Orlando City SC and New York City FC will get to plunder the rosters of the rest of the league to start themselves up.
We take a detailed look at how the Philadelphia Union has managed - and mis-managed - the previous two expansion drafts.
On December 10th, MLS will hold the 2014 Expansion Draft. Orlando City SC and New York City FC will be selecting ten players each from the pool of players not protected by the other eighteen established MLS teams.
When the Montreal Impact selected Dynamo icon Brian Ching in the expansion draft last November,
Ching and some Dynamo folks really developed a strong dislike for Montreal Impact coach Jesse
Marsch. It would be a stretch to say those feelings completely went away when Ching was traded back
to the Dynamo before the season, but [.
The wheeling and dealing north of the border continues.
The Montreal Impact dealt defender Tyson Wahl to the Colorado Rapids Friday, acquiring an
international roster spot for the 2014 season.Â The Impact originally acquired Wahl from the
Seattle Sounders for allocation money on the day of the expansion draft.
For Seattle Sounders signing Sigi Schmid was clearly one of the most important parts of their
success as an expansion franchise, as was picking Brad Evans from the Columbus roster in the
Sounders expansion draft. As much as Sounders have been a model for MLS 2.0, Columbus Crew were a
model franchise for the beginning of MLS.
While most soccer players his age are too consumed with their careers to worry about an
education, Amobi Okugo is balancing his professional life with earning a college degree. The U.S.
Under-23 Men's National Team midfielder left UCLA after his freshman year to join Major League
Soccer and he was selected by the Philadelphia Union sixth overall in the 2010 MLS Expansion
Building from the ground up in MLS is no easy task, but if anyone knows something about a
successful expansion season, it's Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch.
A member of the D.C. United club that won the first MLS Cup and a member of the Chicago Fire
club that won MLS Cup in its expansion season, Marsch embarks on his first head coaching gig with
the Impact, who made the leap from NASL to MLS and have created quite a buzz north of the
Whether your speak Francais or not, it's not hard to pick up on the "Middle Ages Crusaders" theme
that new boys Montreal Impact are bringing to Major League Soccer. The intimidation and the
audacity is set pretty high, but why not?
The idea even reminds us of a little "Phun With Photoshop" we did on Impact coach Jesse Marsch a
few months back after he cleaned up at the Expansion Draft.
Today, MLS released the rules for this year's expansion draft that will occur after MLS Cup on December 10th. The draft will see both New York City FC and Orlando City SC select 10 players from the existing 18 other teams in the league. Since MLS rules are just a bit cumbersome and at times difficult to understand, I'll try to break down some of the rules that may be difficult to understand.
MLS today held a drawing to determine the order for next week's dispersal draft for the players that had been on Chivas USA's roster. The one exception being the team's leading scorer, Erik Torres, who the league is working out an option to buy and will go through a different allocation process to a team.
Chivas USA added some quality defensive depth on Friday with the acquisition of the rights to
veteran MLS centerback Bobby Burling. The Goats landed Burling's rights from Montreal in exchange
for an international roster slot in 2013.
Burling returns to Chivas USA, where he played from 2007 to 2009.
Sporting KC is back in preseason action today as they kick off the Disney Pro Soccer Classic down
in Orlando, Florida. KC's opponent today is the Houston Dynamo, who defeated the Wizards in the
Eastern Conference final last year 2-0 to earn a trip to MLS Cup ahead of Sporting.
The Dynamo have Brian Ching back after spending time with the Montreal Impact, who selected him in
the expansion draft.
The offseason for the Portland Timbers gets started a bit earlier than they had anticipated with the November 19 MLS Dispersal Draft. The league dissolved the former Chivas USA club after the 2014 season, and the festivities will give existing MLS teams (including the new additions for 2015, Orlando City and New York City FC) a chance to add some veteran talent.
Today the Rapids traded an international roster spot in 2014 for Montreal Impact defender Tyson
Wahl. Wahl was drafted by Kansas City in 2006taken in Seattle's expansion draft in 2009, then
traded to Montreal in this past offseason for allocation money. He's played in 82 games between his
3 prior teams, including 11 games for Montreal this season.
So the first pre-season tournament game has come and gone. Honestly, it wasn't the result or
performance that I was hoping for. Granted a few key players were missing: Eric Brunner, Kris Boyd,
Franck Songo'o to name a few, but I still expected more from a home opener and I expect more from
them tomorrow night against Chivas USA, a team which suffered a disappointed 2-nil loss against
Swedish side AIK.
On tap tonight: Old Grand Dad, Duclaw Sweet Baby Jesus, Magic Hat Winter Seasonal, and sparkling water
It is Tuesday, so that means it must be Filibuster day! Adam, Jason, and Ben are all back in your ears to talk about D.C. United and the upcoming expansion draft. We go through some of the key players on D.
By Tony Edwards - San Jose, CA (July 26, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Thursday, and Tony looks at a
classic MLS club, wonders how statistical data powered an expansion draft, and salutes an
underappreciated American in the EPL. Which American club has FIFA.com chosen to include in their
â€˜Classic Clubs' series?
The You be the GM series shift gears to focus on the expansion draft and which players are most expendable.
After looking at the known "free agents", players on loan and the goalkeeping quagmire the focus of the series now turns to the Expansion Draft. The Philadelphia Union will concede talent and get nothing in return, but are allowed to protect eleven players, and a twelfth after the first player is drafted.
This offseason features a host of drafts, notably an expansion draft in which the Union could lose players and the Chivas USA dispersal draft in which the Union could gain some. PSP's Dan Walsh breaks it all down.
A look at the Union's roster as an impending double Expansion Draft approaches this offseason. Who on the roster is safe? Who is likely to be risked? Here is a first look at how the roster currently sits.
The first batch of Philadelphia Union players to be signed were selected from other teams from an Expansion Draft.
The Expansion Draft is the next order of business for the Philadelphia Union. With only the opportunity to lose players, who would you protect to minimize the damage?
The Union will begin an offseason needing to add players, but instead potentially losing some in the Expansion Draft. With NYCFC and Orlando City joining the fold next season, the Union will look to keep valuable assets.
With a slight break in the schedule, we open up the Timbers mailbag to talk about the playoffs, 2015 expansion, and some of the other topics about the Portland Timbers going on before their big match in San Jose on October 4.
In case you haven't heard the news, it appears that the Red Bulls have made a move for their third
Designated Player. Everton FC of the English Premier League announced on their website that
32-year-old attacking midfielder/forward, and Australian international, Tim Cahill, is on his way
to New York.
Few would disagree that last year's New York Red Bulls were a tremendous disappointment. The
acquisition of French legend Thierry Henry, joining a cast of international players including Rafa
Marquez, Tim Ream, Juan Agudelo, and Joel Lindpere (and briefly Dwayne De Rosario), was supposed to
make the Red Bulls the LA Galaxy of the Eastern Conference.
Part of what is fun as a fan of the Timbers has been following the building shaping of the team.
A growing league like MLS has nearly limitless options for finding new players. As one may recall,
to populate the initial roster last season, the Timbers utilized their USL roster, their U-23
roster, the expansion draft, the Super and Supplemental drafts, the allocation ranking process for
returning US internationals, trades, and foreign signings.
It has taken me a couple of days to post my thoughts.Forgive me, Wednesday night gave us a lot to
take in. The settingI am not a fan of the Rogers Centre. I think it managed toget the ambience wrong,
the connection between fan and field is too often missing.It works best for baseball, though even
then it has it's flaws.
The West Coast teams no doubt have a great amount of talent and continued to add to it
throughout the offseason. Defending MLS Cup champions and Supporters' Shield winners LA Galaxy
enter the season on top, but the West is filled with teams ready to take the crown for themselves.
After the jump is the final installment of my off-season transaction review as we look at Chivas
USA, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, San Jose, and Vancouver.
The You be the GM series shift gears to focus on the expansion draft and which players are most expendable.
With the fans overwhelmingly in Andrew Wenger's camp heading into next year, the Union is running thin on players they can protect. Most people seem to agree that the following ten players should be protected: Maidana, Nogueira, Okugo, Gaddis, Valdes, Le Toux, A goalkeeper, White, Williams and Wenger.
Usually here at the end of the season I go through the roster with my opinions of who are core players are, who we should keep until an upgrade can be found, and who we should cut bait on. Sadly this year there isn't much on the roster that is worth keeping if there's a better option. On top of that we've got an expansion draft coming next month as Orlando City and NYCFC enter the league.
In this photo taken on March 20, 2014 and provided by New York City Football Club, New York City Football Club head coach Jason Kreis, left, sporting director Claudio Reyna, center left and chief business officer Tim Pernetti, right, join Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, center right, as the club unveiled their new team badge in New York.
The NWSL will hold it's first expansion draft on Friday for the new Houston Dash franchise that will start play in the 2014 season. The team has already been allocated three players, but will able to pick up two more US internationals Friday. They can also pick up another Canadian and another Mexican international if they so choose.
Chivas USA is no longer a bad team. Though, that may not matter, they were one of the ones that
had Seattle's number for most of the MLS era. Saturday's 7:30 PM game should be entertaining. Both
sides are defense first teams with offensive players who are inconsistent, yet able to take over
any game against any team.
One of the factors in yesterday's trade that got little notice was that the Seattle Sounders
shipped out two more American players in Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle. Of course they got an
American in return in Eddie Johnson, but, in addition to that transaction, the list of Americans
the Sounders have lost this offseason is substantial.