Expansion Draft List: DC United

Expansion Draft List: DC United

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 28, 2008
  • 16 Comments
  • Expansion Draft

Time once again for another list here in our Expansion Draft coverage. Today we shift focus to one of the more disappointing clubs this year, DC United. We have already gone through Dallas, LA, San Jose and Toronto.

DC went into the season with loads of expectations and ended up falling short of the post season with their 1-0 loss at Columbus on Sunday. They still have a CONCACAF Champions League game left but their season is pretty much over here. With a US Open Cup in their back pocket, they will return to the CCL next year so the offseason rebuild will be on starting with this expansion draft. How they protect will be an interesting thing.

As always to recap about the rules, go here.

The Protected:

  1. Marcello Gallardo – DP to protect, when healthy is actually one of the better midfielders in the league. It was a shame that we hardly got to see it in 2008 though. I expect 2009 to be better for him.
  2. Luciano Emilio – The other DP to protect. Even with if he doesn’t have a no trade clause I can’t see him not getting protected here.
  3. Jaime Moreno – Sure they could expose him due to his contract but do they really want to expose the heart and sole of their offense like that?
  4. Louis Crayton – DC finally found a reliable keeper, but if they really wanted to they could expose him because Seattle won’t be needing a keeper.
  5. Marc Burch – Young defender that can be a solid defender when his head is in the game.
  6. Fred – No way on Earth they would no protect one of their better midfielders.
  7. Francis Doe – I can’t see them expose him after seeing his play down the stretch here.
  8. Santino Quaranta – Nice come back season for Santino. His story was one of the better ones for this club in 2008. He’s still young too so they can’t expose him at all.
  9. Devon McTavish – I think they will keep McTavish, but this is coming from a WVU guy about a WVU guy. At times I think he is one of the better defenders that DC has but at times it’s not the case. Still this club needs defense for next year.
  10. Ben Olsen – I went back and forth on this one. On the surface you leave him open since he didn’t play in 08 and he probably wouldn’t be selected anyways, but at the same time when he plays he is probably the hardest worker on the field. Can’t run the risk of losing him this way.
  11. Gonzalo Martinez – Another defender…and one of their better additions in 2008.

Not Protected, Could Be Taken:

  1. Ivan Guerrero – Protect him or not is the question. I think they will not protect him and he will run the risk of being selected once again.
  2. Clyde Simms – Simms is another guy that I ponder about when it comes to protecting. If they don’t protect a guy like Moreno or Martinez then expect to see Simms on the protected list. If not he will be in no-man’s land and could be taken.

Not Protected, Probably Wonít Be Taken:

  1. Gonzalo Peralta – I’m still a bit surprised he lasted all year with the Black-and-Red but I doubt he will be protected and doubt even more that Seattle would take him and his somewhat pricey contract.
  2. Zach Wells – Would be a good back up but I honestly doubt he will be taken.

Everyone else is probably safe that isnít protected including a few developmental players that are seend to be the future of this club in certain areas.

United have a lot of work for next year. Who they protect and who they don’t protect will go a long way in telling us where they look to go with this club. A lot does depend on if they keep Tom Soehn too as their manager. If they do then I would expect them to protect the big names and a few young guys to then go out and spend plenty of money on some players in the off season to fill the holes.

  • Grunthos

    Your logic is generally fine, except for Francis Doe. He had a couple of good games late, but that doesn't excuse his complete lack of impact for most of the season. We'd rather acquire Khumalo full-time.<br />
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    We'll almost certainly protect Guerrero IMO, as he provided stability on the flank that had been missing from this team for some time. Then the toss-up is between Simms and McTavish; I'd rather keep Simms, myself, but it's a tough call. But, as you note, the smart play is to cover both by leaving a vet unprotected (I'd choose Benny, no way Seattle is so stupid as to blow a pick on a highly-paid midfielder whose career may well be over).<br />
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    Martinez seemed to be in the doghouse down the stretch and might want a move, in which case he could be the sacrificial lamb instead. I don't want to see him go, but we may have no choice.

  • Kevin

    Agreed with grunthos. There's no way we won't protect Simms and Guerrero. Doe and either Burch or McTavish should be unprotected, as we are looking make new moves anyway and these guys may not fit that formula. Otherwise, I agree with everything.

  • Kevin

    Also, Greg Janicki and Boyzzz Khumalo aren't listed there, and may not be safe either. They showed great form and heart down the stretch, and will be valuable for this franchise which needs a few sparks.

  • Grunthos

    Your logic is generally fine, except for Francis Doe. He had a couple of good games late, but that doesn’t excuse his complete lack of impact for most of the season. We’d rather acquire Khumalo full-time.

    We’ll almost certainly protect Guerrero IMO, as he provided stability on the flank that had been missing from this team for some time. Then the toss-up is between Simms and McTavish; I’d rather keep Simms, myself, but it’s a tough call. But, as you note, the smart play is to cover both by leaving a vet unprotected (I’d choose Benny, no way Seattle is so stupid as to blow a pick on a highly-paid midfielder whose career may well be over).

    Martinez seemed to be in the doghouse down the stretch and might want a move, in which case he could be the sacrificial lamb instead. I don’t want to see him go, but we may have no choice.

  • Fullback

    Janicki and Khumalo are still only on loan from Pittsburgh and thus are not subject to the draft. With Seattle filling its DP spot, I wonder if DC even needs to protect their DP's. Can Seattle even sign them without trading for a DP spot? And what do they have to trade–draft picks, allocation money? I doubt they want to give either of those up when they're trying to build a roster.<br />
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    As with the other United fans–no way we leave Simms and Guerrero on the table. And I think you'll find that sentiment for protecting Fred (and Gallardo for that matter) is going to be pretty split given the cap hit his (their) salary carries.

  • Kevin

    Agreed with grunthos. There’s no way we won’t protect Simms and Guerrero. Doe and either Burch or McTavish should be unprotected, as we are looking make new moves anyway and these guys may not fit that formula. Otherwise, I agree with everything.

  • Kevin

    Also, Greg Janicki and Boyzzz Khumalo aren’t listed there, and may not be safe either. They showed great form and heart down the stretch, and will be valuable for this franchise which needs a few sparks.

  • Grunthos

    From Goff's Soccer Insider:<br />
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    As for the expansion draft, it's logical to believe there is no reason to protect Emilio because he is a designated player and Seattle has already filled its DP slot with Freddie Ljungberg. However, the Sounders could arrange a trade with a third party in advance of the draft. This is what happened last winter when San Jose grabbed Brian Carroll and then shipped him to Columbus. &quot;Luciano is a commodity,&quot; Kasper said. &quot;It's hard to find a guy who has scored 20 goals in this league.&quot;<br />
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    So Emilio will be protected to avoid Seattle playing trading games, and Gallardo will be protected because he has to be under the rules. Leaving Fred open would be an inefficient way to deal with his cap hit, as we would be better off arranging a trade than simply dumping him.<br />
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    I just realized the whole list is short one guy. Brian Namoff. Who needs to be protected. Which makes it much more likely that either McTavish or Burch will be available to Seattle.<br />
    <br />
    A couple of dicey choices will need to be made…

  • Janicki and Khumalo are still only on loan from Pittsburgh and thus are not subject to the draft. With Seattle filling its DP spot, I wonder if DC even needs to protect their DP’s. Can Seattle even sign them without trading for a DP spot? And what do they have to trade–draft picks, allocation money? I doubt they want to give either of those up when they’re trying to build a roster.

    As with the other United fans–no way we leave Simms and Guerrero on the table. And I think you’ll find that sentiment for protecting Fred (and Gallardo for that matter) is going to be pretty split given the cap hit his (their) salary carries.

  • Grunthos

    From Goff’s Soccer Insider:

    As for the expansion draft, it’s logical to believe there is no reason to protect Emilio because he is a designated player and Seattle has already filled its DP slot with Freddie Ljungberg. However, the Sounders could arrange a trade with a third party in advance of the draft. This is what happened last winter when San Jose grabbed Brian Carroll and then shipped him to Columbus. “Luciano is a commodity,” Kasper said. “It’s hard to find a guy who has scored 20 goals in this league.”

    So Emilio will be protected to avoid Seattle playing trading games, and Gallardo will be protected because he has to be under the rules. Leaving Fred open would be an inefficient way to deal with his cap hit, as we would be better off arranging a trade than simply dumping him.

    I just realized the whole list is short one guy. Brian Namoff. Who needs to be protected. Which makes it much more likely that either McTavish or Burch will be available to Seattle.

    A couple of dicey choices will need to be made…

  • Grunthos

    Also from Goff:<br />
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    &quot;Some of you have asked whether D.C. United will need to protect Greg Janicki and Thabiso Khumalo in the Nov. 26 expansion draft, even though they are on loan and not under full MLS contracts. The answer is yes. Anyone on a current roster is subject to selection by Seattle, which would gain that player's MLS rights.&quot;<br />
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    So, there we go. Seattle will have at least one useful player to grab from DC.

  • Grunthos

    Also from Goff:

    “Some of you have asked whether D.C. United will need to protect Greg Janicki and Thabiso Khumalo in the Nov. 26 expansion draft, even though they are on loan and not under full MLS contracts. The answer is yes. Anyone on a current roster is subject to selection by Seattle, which would gain that player’s MLS rights.”

    So, there we go. Seattle will have at least one useful player to grab from DC.

  • ron

    Clyde will be protected.<br />
    <br />
    not devon

  • ron

    Clyde will be protected.

    not devon

  • J

    At least you got half of them right.

  • J

    At least you got half of them right.