Expansion Draft List: Colorado Rapids

Expansion Draft List: Colorado Rapids

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 12, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • 2009 Expansion Draft
Colin Clark and Conor Casey make up a big part of the Rapids. (Getty Images)

Colin Clark and Conor Casey make up a big part of the Rapids. (Getty Images)

We are moving forward today in our expansion draft coverage. So far we’ve knocked out both the Fire and Chivas USA, today we stay out west with a look at the Colorado Rapids. Now this is a club that may go through a bit of a change this winter because of their collapse late in the season. Rumors are going around that key players may want out while other reports say the opposite.

No matter which way we look at it the Rapids have a core group of guys worth protecting. The questions do become though out of the list of international players that they have stocked up this season, who out of them do they protect…if any at all.

Protected Available Exempt
Mehdi Ballouchy Julien Baudet Ciaran O’Brien
Conor Casey Preston Burpo Rob Valentino
Colin Clark Steward Ceus
Omar Cummings Greg Dalby
Cory Gibbs Facundo Diz
Jordan Harvey Ty Harden
Nick LaBrocca Michael Holody
Pablo Mastroeni Kosuke Kimura
Drew Moor Pat Noonan
Matt Pickens Scott Palguta
Jacob Peterson Jamie Smith
Ross Schunk

We know who can’t be picked (O’Brien and Valentino) and thanks to some injuries we know it shouldn’t be hard to figure out who they won’t protect. The only one they may leave off the protected list is Mastroeni due to his higher salarier but I just don’t know who they’d put in place of him on the protected list. Maybe Baudet? Maybe Harden? Or maybe the injured Smith? For the most part I couldn’t argue for anyone that’s not protected over someone who was here.

Then there is a question about Gibbs. I went back and forth on him and I guess you could swap Baudet over him based on the way he played down the stretch for the Rapids. But at the end of it I just felt Gibbs has a little more to bring to this club. I could be wrong though.

See someone I am way off on here? Let’s hear it.

  • GED Polyglot

    When you factor salary and performance into the equation, the Rapids are likely to keep Jamie Smith over Ballouchy, Baudet over Gibbs, and Kimura over Harvey. They also like Palguta quite a bit. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them keep him over Moor.

  • GED Polyglot

    When you factor salary and performance into the equation, the Rapids are likely to keep Jamie Smith over Ballouchy, Baudet over Gibbs, and Kimura over Harvey. They also like Palguta quite a bit. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them keep him over Moor.

  • UnionFan

    Color me confused, but what makes a player exempt from being picked in the expansion draft?

  • UnionFan

    Color me confused, but what makes a player exempt from being picked in the expansion draft?

    • Having a Generation adidas contract makes you exempt from being picked in the expansion draft.

  • wvhooligan

    Having a Generation adidas contract makes you exempt from being picked in the expansion draft.

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    Agree that Kimura should be on the protected list. He's quite an underrated defender.

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    Agree that Kimura should be on the protected list. He's quite an underrated defender.

  • SDM

    If I'm Nowak, I am snagging Baudet (if he does indeed end up on the list) in a heartbeat. Decent salary, hard nosed defender, with a bit of skill to boot.

  • SDM

    If I'm Nowak, I am snagging Baudet (if he does indeed end up on the list) in a heartbeat. Decent salary, hard nosed defender, with a bit of skill to boot.

  • Big E

    No way, Union needs a good midfielder/forward. The 2nd coming of Pat Noonan will happen in Philly!

  • Big E

    No way, Union needs a good midfielder/forward. The 2nd coming of Pat Noonan will happen in Philly!