Expansion Draft List: New York Red Bulls

Expansion Draft List: New York Red Bulls

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 20, 2008
  • 2 Comments
  • Expansion Draft

The Red Bulls reached their first Cup, but the next day they will have to figure out who to protect. (Getty Images)

When I first started doing these list I kind of expected to be doing this club fairly early in the count. Turns out they shocked us all by reaching the MLS Cup on Sunday. Even with the Cup this weekend they still have to look to next week’s Expansion Draft. Their protected list will have to be into the league office the very next day so I decided to go ahead and do their list (along with the Crew’s tomorrow).

With the amount of internationals and my honest lack of knowledge about the Red Bulls I can already tell you I am probably going to be way off on some of these picks. Feel free to bash them as much as you want, but keep it clean in the process.

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

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

The Protected:

  1. Juan Pablo Angel – Duh.
  2. Danny Cepero – Who has been a bigger part of their magical run, Cepero or Angel? I’d almost go with Cepero.
  3. Macoumba Kandji – He’s on loan from a club that won’t exist in a matter of a couple months. My bet is he will become a full member of the club very, very soon.
  4. Dave van den Bergh – The real MVP of this club in my opinion. I felt he was more of a MVP than Angel this year.
  5. Dane Richards – The speedster is finally healthy and is showing off the skills.
  6. Jorge Rojas – Showed signs of why Osorio brought him on here and there this year. I think a full year with him next year will really show off his stuff.
  7. Carlos Mendes – One of their better defenders, gotta protect the defense.
  8. Danleigh Borman – Early part of the year this kid showed some real promise for the future. Get him and Richards on the wings and that is a lot of speed.
  9. Luke Sassano – Another young guy I think they need to keep for the future.
  10. Mike Magee – One of the few guys I actually like on New York.
  11. Kevin Goldthwaite – A defender that they would not likely part with this easy.

Not Protected, Could Be Taken:

  1. Sinisa Ubiparipovic – I went back and forth on this one but he would be a solid pickup as I don’t think the Red Bulls will protect him with all the younger talent that they will need to keep.
  2. Chris Leitch – A verteran defender, would be a good pickup.
  3. Andrew Boyens – I thought about putting him on the protected list and he very well may end up there but he could be a decent pick for Seattle.

Not Protected, Probably Won’t Be Taken:

  1. John Wolyniec – No need to protect his veteran and no need for Seattle to pick him up.
  2. Jon Conway – I think his time in New York is done with how Cepero has been playing as of late.
  3. Gabriel Cichero/Juan Pietravallo/Oscar Echeverry – Seattle won’t take too many internationals and with the amount that New York has they don’t have to protect them all. I honestly wonder what will happen to these three.

Again, I am probably wrong with most of this roster. The amount of internationals is tricky along with the younger players that have stepped up recently makes it even tougher. I think in the end New York won’t have a player picked from their roster. Sure you always want talent that gets to a MLS Cup on your roster but some of the values that New York has won’t be good enough for Seattle starting out. If they do it will be a defender that is left open. Most of their midfield is composed of interntionals and guys that will get protected.

  • WonsanUnited

    Danleigh Borman will not be protected. Ubiparipovic has showed that he can exceed at this level. I would just switch those two.

  • WonsanUnited

    Danleigh Borman will not be protected. Ubiparipovic has showed that he can exceed at this level. I would just switch those two.