- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 12, 2009
- 12 Comments
- 2009 Expansion Draft
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.
|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|
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.