Expansion Draft List: Chivas USA

Expansion Draft List: Chivas USA

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 11, 2009
  • 6 Comments
  • 2009 Expansion Draft
Who will Chivas protect this year? (Getty Images)

Who will Chivas protect this year? (Getty Images)

Yesterday we started our look at the expansion draft and who teams will and won’t protect for this month’s upcoming draft. The Philadelphia Union get ten players to pick from and this year will be as tough as any to predict who will stay and who will be left exposed.

Today I’m looking at Chivas USA, maybe one of the toughest teams to figure out for this process.

Protected Available Exempt
Jonathan Bornstein Justin Braun
Maykel Galindo Chukwudi Chijindu
Sacha Kljestan Jon Conway
Michael Lahoud Yamith Cuesta
Eduardo Lillingston Jim Curtin
Gerson Mayen Jorge Flores
Paulo Nagamura Kevin Harmse
Jesus Padilla Ante Jazic
Shavar Thomas Dan Kennedy
Zach Thornton Jesse Marsch
Mariano Trujillo Lance Parker
Ante Razov
Maicon Santos
Marcelo Saragosa
Bojan Stepanovic
Claudio Suarez
Carey Talley
Sasha Victorine
Cesar Zamora

Easily one of the hardest teams to figure out.

I went back and forth on a few guys, Padilla being one of them. I just can’t see them not protect him since he is on loan from the mothership. Mayen is also another guy I think they have to protect. He didn’t play a lot late in the year but early on I think he proved worthy of protection. Picking those guys I had to throw out someone like Marsch. As valuable as he is I just think they have some more pressing defensive players to protect, as well as some younger guys they have to protect no matter what (Kljestan, Bornstein).

Another question could be is do they need to protect Nagamura? I think so because of his leadership qualities.

See anyone I missed out on here? Let’s hear it.

  • ajr

    nice looking forward to the rest

  • ajr

    nice looking forward to the rest

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    Frankly, I think they (should) protect Braun, Cuesta, Santos and Flores instead of Trujillo, Lillingston, Mayen and Padilla. Preki love Braun for his work rate and versatility. Santos looks like he has lots of potential, let alone speed. Flores has a good future ahead of him. Cuesta is ragged but can be polished up to be a solid defender. If Trujillo and Lillingston had any value, they would have started in the playoffs. Mayen is simply an unknown quantity. Padilla just doesn't have it, at least, not yet. But the idea that Philadelphia might choose Conway just might protect everybody else.

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    Frankly, I think they (should) protect Braun, Cuesta, Santos and Flores instead of Trujillo, Lillingston, Mayen and Padilla. Preki love Braun for his work rate and versatility. Santos looks like he has lots of potential, let alone speed. Flores has a good future ahead of him. Cuesta is ragged but can be polished up to be a solid defender. If Trujillo and Lillingston had any value, they would have started in the playoffs. Mayen is simply an unknown quantity. Padilla just doesn't have it, at least, not yet. But the idea that Philadelphia might choose Conway just might protect everybody else.

  • Cannon Girl

    Some very good players were left unprotected. What's up with that?

  • Cannon Girl

    Some very good players were left unprotected. What's up with that?