Expansion Draft List: Chicago Fire

Expansion Draft List: Chicago Fire

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 10, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • 2009 Expansion Draft, Brian McBride, Chris Rolfe, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Justin Mapp
Who to protect and who to expose is the guessing game for the Fire. (Getty Images)

Who to protect and who to expose is the guessing game for the Fire. (Getty Images)

This year unlike the last couple the expansion draft caught up with me here. I almost feel like I am a little late getting these lists out for the draft which is a couple days after MLS Cup. Starting today I will release a team-by-team list of who I think will be protected and who I think will be left exposed.

Now I know I don’t have connections to every club but I will say this year seems to be a little easier to do than in year’s past. Maybe it is because I’ve been doing this for a couple years now and I am starting to get how clubs do this sort of thing.

Today I am starting at the top of the alphabet with the Chicago Fire. I know they are still in the running for MLS Cup here but they too will have to make a decision or two about who to keep and who not to keep.

Protected Available Exempt
Mike Banner Cuauhtemoc Blanco Baggio Husidic
Jon Busch C.J. Brown
Wilman Conde Calen Carr
Brian McBride Stefan Dimitrov
Patrick Nyarko Andrew Dykstra
Marco Pappa Peter Lowry
Logan Pause Justin Mapp
Dasan Robinson David Myrie
Gonzalo Segares Brandon Prideaux
John Thorrington Chris Rolfe
Tim Ward Austin Washington
Daniel Woolard

Chicago is an interesting group that should see plenty of changes this winter. The two I go back and forth on are Blanco and McBride. We know Blanco has signed in Mexico for next year but has an option to return to Chicago if he wants after the World Cup. So do you protect a guy that may not come back? Or protect a high salary of an older guy who’s future is also a bit uncertain?

The one guy I could see go in place of McBride is Justin Mapp, but even his higher salary seems like a gamble to take in this draft so for now I have him unprotected. Also keep in mind Rolfe is gone after this year is up so no need to protect him.

See anyone you think I missed on the protected list? Let’s hear it.

  • SDM

    Seems about dead on. I would probably leave McBride available and protect Lowry. I don't think Philly would waste a pick on an older, high priced guy like McBride. Plus, McBride only wants to play in Chicago, and would probably rather retire than move to Philly.

  • SDM

    Seems about dead on. I would probably leave McBride available and protect Lowry. I don't think Philly would waste a pick on an older, high priced guy like McBride. Plus, McBride only wants to play in Chicago, and would probably rather retire than move to Philly.