Expansion Draft List: DC United

Expansion Draft List: DC United

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 16, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • 2009 Expansion Draft
Luciano Emilio and DC United have a lot of question marks. (Getty Images)

Luciano Emilio and DC United have a lot of question marks. (Getty Images)

The 2009 expansion draft is only a week and a half away here. Today we move forward in our look at each club’s potential protection lists with DC United. The Black-and-Red are still without a head coach so don’t be shocked if somethings here could change depending on who takes over this club.

Protected Available Exempt
Marc Burch Ely Allen
Fred Brandon Barklage
Dejan Jakovic John DiRaimondo
Jaime Moreno Luciano Emilio
Bryan Namoff Christian Gomez
Chris Pontius David Habarugira
Santino Quaranta Andrew Jacobson
Clyde Simms Julius James
Danny Szetela Greg Janicki
Rodney Wallace Avery John
Josh Wicks Thabiso Khumalo
Milos Kocic
Devon McTavish
Ange N’Silu
Ben Olsen
Tiyiselani Shipalane
Lawson Vaughn

This is another fun team to figure out. Most figure both Pontius and Wallace will graduate the GA program based on the large amount of playing time they he had this season. Bigger questions come down to protecting young players over old veterans like Jamie Moreno, Christian Gomez , Ben Olsen, and Luciano Emilio.

Fred was also an interesting player to put a finger on here too because of the way he played down the stretch. More than likely this roster will be torn apart after this draft anyways. They’ll keep some key players and expect the high priced veterans to not be picked up.

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

(Update: Thanks to Jason for informing me Pontius was not a GA player this year. Don’t know why I thought he was!)

  • ajr

    Luciano Emilio gone!

  • ajr

    Luciano Emilio gone!

  • AMD

    Protect Fred? Nooo Way

  • AMD

    Protect Fred? Nooo Way

  • Grunthos

    I'd be very surprised to see Fred protected. His inconsistency, salary, and age should have management looking for the fastest way to get him off the roster. They would also be well advised to not protect Moreno. He is well-loved, and I certainly want him back, but at 35 with a significant price tag and no wheels left, burning a protection slot on him is bad business. One of the replacements on the protected list would be James. The other slot could go to any of half a dozen different guys depending on management's vision for the upcoming season. Personally, I'd choose Barklage, who actually showed some potential before his injury.

  • Grunthos

    I'd be very surprised to see Fred protected. His inconsistency, salary, and age should have management looking for the fastest way to get him off the roster.

    They would also be well advised to not protect Moreno. He is well-loved, and I certainly want him back, but at 35 with a significant price tag and no wheels left, burning a protection slot on him is bad business.

    One of the replacements on the protected list would be James. The other slot could go to any of half a dozen different guys depending on management's vision for the upcoming season. Personally, I'd choose Barklage, who actually showed some potential before his injury.

  • Jason

    I doubt DC would protect a goalkeeper, especially one that is out injured for quite some time and may not even survive a change of coach. The same can be said of Fred (and overpriced salary), while Moreno (at his current price) would be hard for even Nowak to select. I also see James being protected ahead of Burch, as James had a strong finish to the season while Burch did not. So instead of Fred, Moreno, and Wicks, I see MacTavish, Jacobson, and possibly Vaughn being protected as DC looks to build a core around youth and MLS experience.

  • Jason

    I doubt DC would protect a goalkeeper, especially one that is out injured for quite some time and may not even survive a change of coach. The same can be said of Fred (and overpriced salary), while Moreno (at his current price) would be hard for even Nowak to select. I also see James being protected ahead of Burch, as James had a strong finish to the season while Burch did not.

    So instead of Fred, Moreno, and Wicks, I see MacTavish, Jacobson, and possibly Vaughn being protected as DC looks to build a core around youth and MLS experience.

  • Jason

    Pontius isn't GA.

  • Jason

    Pontius isn't GA.

  • Big E

    Isn't Julius James a PA kid? He might be a good pick for Philly if available. Although we know Olsen is a PA guy, I hope union goes for Devon McTavish instead.

  • Big E

    Isn't Julius James a PA kid? He might be a good pick for Philly if available. Although we know Olsen is a PA guy, I hope union goes for Devon McTavish instead.