Expansion Draft List: Columbus Crew

Expansion Draft List: Columbus Crew

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 13, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • 2009 Expansion Draft
This group could look a lot different in 2010. (Getty Images)

This group could look a lot different in 2010. (Getty Images)

Moving forward once again in our expansion draft coverage. Today we take a look at the Supporter’s Shield winning Columbus Crew. More than likely we will see a player picked from this bunch, anytime you go through the regular season and are as good as the Crew were this year you will most certainly see a player picked off in an expansion draft. New teams want players from successful teams.

Now some of this could change with some possible retirements of veteran players but even so those players will probably still be protected no matter what.

No doubt this is one of the tougher clubs to figure out with all the good talent on the roster.

Protected Available Exempt
Guillermo Barros Schelotto Kevin Burns
Eric Brunner Cory Elenio
Brian Carroll Jason Garey
Emmanuel Ekpo Eddie Gaven
Frankie Hejduk Alex Grendi
William Hesmer Andy Gruenebaum
Steven Lenhart Andy Iro
Chad Marshall Adam Moffat
Danny O’Rourke Alejandro Moreno
Gino Padula Stanley Nyazamba
Robbie Rogers Duncan Oughton
Emilio Renteria
Jed Zayner

Do you protect the aging Hejduk? If so do you not protect the younger and upcoming Zayner? What about Moreno? For me I put Moreno under the unprotected list in place of Lenhart. Some reason I found Lenhart as a guy that could be picked by Philly and Moreno to be a guy with a high contract that Philly would not take.

Another guy I wonder about is Andy Iro who I still think has potential to be real special in this league. Do you leave him unprotected as well?

I may go back on this club before the draft because of all the ifs here. You really could make your case for a few guys on the unprotected list.

See anyone I was completely off on here? Let’s hear it.

  • mike

    Hi! I am an MLS fan from the UK. This whole contract/transfer businees of US soccer is the one aspect I struggle to get my head around!! Is there any chance you could explain how a player become protected/available/exempt? Thanks! Mike

  • mike

    Hi!

    I am an MLS fan from the UK. This whole contract/transfer businees of US soccer is the one aspect I struggle to get my head around!! Is there any chance you could explain how a player become protected/available/exempt?

    Thanks!

    Mike

    • Colin

      Hey thanks for showing us the love. This list pertains to players available for the expansion draft when Philly joins the league. They are allowed to take 11 players in the expansion draft and no more than 1 player per team. Teams are allowed to protect 11 players. The exempt players are generation addidas. This is a program the underclassman in college or high school students are offered that promises to pay for their education if they cant make football a profession. By these rules they are not available for expansion drafts. Now transfers are a whole new ball game. All MLS contracts are owned by the league itself. So its very difficult to sell and buy players because not only do the teams have to agree on the fees the league does as well. This is why MLS doesn't buy players very often and usually tries to grab them on free transfers. Hope this helps

  • Jonny

    Mike, as a US fan of MLS and EPL, I love you. However, the MLS rules are so strange that not even us US folks get it. It is just crazy. Basically, you can only protect 11 players, the other players can be picked by the expansion team in philly for next year. That is how it works. Protect teh best 11 and let the others be subject to being picked.

  • Jonny

    Mike, as a US fan of MLS and EPL, I love you. However, the MLS rules are so strange that not even us US folks get it. It is just crazy. Basically, you can only protect 11 players, the other players can be picked by the expansion team in philly for next year. That is how it works. Protect teh best 11 and let the others be subject to being picked.

  • Colin

    Hey thanks for showing us the love. This list pertains to players available for the expansion draft when Philly joins the league. They are allowed to take 11 players in the expansion draft and no more than 1 player per team. Teams are allowed to protect 11 players. The exempt players are generation addidas. This is a program the underclassman in college or high school students are offered that promises to pay for their education if they cant make football a profession. By these rules they are not available for expansion drafts. Now transfers are a whole new ball game. All MLS contracts are owned by the league itself. So its very difficult to sell and buy players because not only do the teams have to agree on the fees the league does as well. This is why MLS doesn't buy players very often and usually tries to grab them on free transfers. Hope this helps

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    I would leave Heyduk unprotected and put either Zayner or Gaven in his place. Heyduk's age and contract make him less likely to be picked than either Gaven or Zayner. If Gaven's unprotected, I'd expect Philadelphia to draft him because he's a young veteran who would be invaluable to the Union. Plus, he's from the East Coast.

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    I would leave Heyduk unprotected and put either Zayner or Gaven in his place. Heyduk's age and contract make him less likely to be picked than either Gaven or Zayner. If Gaven's unprotected, I'd expect Philadelphia to draft him because he's a young veteran who would be invaluable to the Union. Plus, he's from the East Coast.

  • SDM

    While I think Zayner and Renteria need to be protected, I bet my bottom dollar Philly takes Moffat from that list.

  • SDM

    While I think Zayner and Renteria need to be protected, I bet my bottom dollar Philly takes Moffat from that list.

  • Big E

    Yeah Moffat or Gaven from that list. Iro another potential.

  • Big E

    Yeah Moffat or Gaven from that list. Iro another potential.