Expansion Draft List: Chicago Fire

Expansion Draft List: Chicago Fire

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 14, 2008
  • 10 Comments
  • Expansion Draft

Can the Fire find a way to keep Conde? (Getty Images)

If losing in the Eastern Conference final wasn’t bad enough, the Chicago Fire now have the fun reality of figuring out what is next for their club. The season is over and that means they have to turn their attention to the Expansion Draft that is coming up in a matter of only a couple more weeks.

Chicago has a good mix of veteran and young players. Some solid internationals and a couple guys that are probably looking to bolt now that their season is done.

As always to get caught up on who we’ve gone through so far, here are those clubs: Chivas USA, Colorado, DC, Dallas, Houston, LA, Kansas City, New England, San Jose and Toronto.

And of course, to recap about the rules, go here.

The Protected:

  1. Cuauhtemoc Blanco – He’s coming back for another year from what was said last night.
  2. Brian McBride – He showed he still is one of the best this year.
  3. Marco Pappa – A young international that I really believe will be one of the best wingers in 2009.
  4. John Thorrington – A personal favorite, I’d hate to see him leave Chicago.
  5. Gonzalo Segares – One of the better defenders in the league, I had him as the best this year, no way Chicago would give him up that easily.
  6. Chris Rolfe – One of the young guns on this offense.
  7. Logan Pause – I started to come around to linking this guy towards the second half of the year.
  8. Wilman Conde – Even though they say he wants out, and he probably will leave,  I believe he will be protected regardless.
  9. Andy Herron – The presky international rules will make them have to protect Herron.
  10. Stephen King – One of the younger guys that showed plenty of promise this year.
  11. Justin Mapp – A real no brainer really.

Not Protected, Could Be Taken:

  1. Mike Banner- Another young guy that may be left unprotected that would be a decent pickup.
  2. Calen Carr – At times showed real talent, and at times showed skills on the bench.

Not Protected, Probably Won’t Be Taken:

  1. Jon Busch – Seattle doesn’t need a keeper, even if Busch is the best in the league right now I just don’t see them protecting him when they need to protect some other young players.
  2. C.J. Brown – Veteran defender would be a good pickup I just don’t know about Brown being that candidate.
  3. Diego Gutierrez – Kind of in the same boat as Brown. Gutierrez is set to retire after this season.
  4. Patrick Nyarko/Bakery Soumare – GA contracts. Thing is I’m not sure if this is the year that Sourmare graduates from the GA program. If he is then you have to put him at the top in the protected list.

The Fire are an interesting bunch. They have either a bunch of older veterans or a bunch of young developmental players. Which makes it pretty tough to figure out who they will and will not protect. I know Conde is said to be as good as gone with the club but I have a hunch they will protect him anyways and try to get him to stay one more year. As for guys like Rolfe and Mapp, I don’t know if they have any ideas of going to Europe at this time but that shouldn’t matter as they will be protected.

  • GHM

    Remember that Seattle will take the best value…they may decide to trade that value to other established teams to get other pieces. Busch could get picked and traded as an example even though Seattle already has that spot covered.

  • WVHooligan

    Very valid point GHM. I just see a lot of teams exposing keepers in this draft and Busch being one of them. A lot can change though, if Busch is protected then I would imagine a guy like King or Pause to not be protected.

  • GHM

    Remember that Seattle will take the best value…they may decide to trade that value to other established teams to get other pieces. Busch could get picked and traded as an example even though Seattle already has that spot covered.

  • Very valid point GHM. I just see a lot of teams exposing keepers in this draft and Busch being one of them. A lot can change though, if Busch is protected then I would imagine a guy like King or Pause to not be protected.

  • Joseph D'Hippol

    I'd protect Busch over McBride for the exact same reasons that GHM mentioned. Besides, as much of a quality individual as McBride is, he's still a one-dimentional player. Moreover, since McBride insisted on playing in Chicago upon his return to MLS, he would likely retire than play for another team, so the Fire can afford to expose him.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    I’d protect Busch over McBride for the exact same reasons that GHM mentioned. Besides, as much of a quality individual as McBride is, he’s still a one-dimentional player. Moreover, since McBride insisted on playing in Chicago upon his return to MLS, he would likely retire than play for another team, so the Fire can afford to expose him.

  • GOALSeattle.com

    Brandon Prideaux still has something left, he's local, and we need defenders.

  • Brandon Prideaux still has something left, he’s local, and we need defenders.

  • ChitownSoccer

    The Fire should protect its core of young talented players such as: Soumare, Rolfe, Nyarko, King, Pause, and Mapp. Keeping such stars such as Blanco and McBride goes without saying. Pappa and Segares are gifted young international players which the team should keep. Busch should also be retained due out of necessity, the team lacks quality goalkeepers. As talented as Conde is I would cut ties with him, he has just been a clubhouse headache. Prideaux, Brown, and Robinson are all good backline players but they can afford to lose one of them.

  • ChitownSoccer

    The Fire should protect its core of young talented players such as: Soumare, Rolfe, Nyarko, King, Pause, and Mapp. Keeping such stars such as Blanco and McBride goes without saying. Pappa and Segares are gifted young international players which the team should keep. Busch should also be retained due out of necessity, the team lacks quality goalkeepers. As talented as Conde is I would cut ties with him, he has just been a clubhouse headache. Prideaux, Brown, and Robinson are all good backline players but they can afford to lose one of them.