2009 Mock Expansion Draft

2009 Mock Expansion Draft

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 24, 2009
  • 26 Comments
  • 2009 Expansion Draft, Alan Gordon, Andy Iro, Anthony Wallace, Bobby Convey, Brad Edwards, Jacob Peterson, Matt Besler, Pat Phelan, Robbie Russell, Stephen King
Could Bobby Convey be headed home to Philly? (Getty Images)

Could Bobby Convey be headed home to Philly? (Getty Images)

The speculation has begun for the Philadelphia Union and their expansion draft that takes place tomorrow afternoon. The 15 clubs released their protected list last night and now the Union have a full list of guys that they can get 10 players from. And the talent is there for Union to get off on a good foot here.

I do have a feeling a deal or two will be worked out tomorrow but that is just a hunch.

Below are the ten I believe the Union could go for tomorrow. I went fairly defensive minded as I think that may be the way Philly goes since they haven’t made any moves yet like Seattle had already done by this time last year. Defense is always a good place to start with a roster and they can fill in the holes offensively this winter. Some of these I may be off on but we’ll see.

Bobby Convey (San Jose): His salary may be a little high ($220,000) but we know Convey is going to be on his way out of San Jose this summer, it just seems likely. He’s a Philly guy and it makes perfect sense.

Anthony Wallace (Dallas): He’s cheap, he’s young and has plenty of solid experience with the U-20 national team. He just graduated from his Generation adidas contract and he’s totally cheap ($75,000).

Pat Phelan (New England): He was a guy plenty of us debated about for being protected but the Revs had to leave him off the protected list. I think he will fit in well in the defensive midfield part of Peter Nowak’s lineup.

Brian Edwards (Toronto FC): He’s young, from New Jersey and a very solid keeper that would give them a decent start in goal. I know Jon Conway is out there and is a Philly guy but I think Edwards gives them a better shot than Conway. Also, I just don’t buy in to Philly taking Amado Guevara from Toronto here either.

Matt Besler (Kansas City): I was kind of shocked to see his name on the exposed list. He’s young and cheap for sure and no doubt he would be a good fit for the defense as he has plenty of league experience (he played in 28 games this year for KC).

Andy Iro (Columbus): He’s big, physical and has plenty of great potential for Nowak. He’s played center back and would easily fit into the type of system Nowak likes to run with his defense I think.

Stephen King (Seattle): A Philly boy that has been stuck on the bench in Seattle. I know he is an impressive player and will fit in well in the midfield for Philly.

Jacob Peterson (Colorado): A young midfielder with loads of experience. While his salary may be a little high ($100k) compared to others on this list I think he would be a guy that could not only use a change of scenery but probably fit in well in Philly.

Alan Gordon (LA): He’s the lone striker that I’m selecting here and for a reason. I see Philly going out and finding other strikers in the winter to fill their offensive needs. Gordon isn’t expensive and he brings plenty of talent for Nowak.

Robbie Russell (RSL): Kind of hard to believe he could go from kicking the winning PK on Sunday to a new club on Wednesday. His experience factor abroad and here leads me to put him here.

Think I missed on someone here? Let’s here it.

  • blag

    yea u missed houston

  • blag

    yea u missed houston

  • Word Life

    What about Amado Guevara? Also, while Heyduk is old, he's still an above average right back and could be a great leader for the team. Finally, Chris Albright or Aaron Hohlbein would be good picks too.

  • What about Amado Guevara? Also, while Heyduk is old, he's still an above average right back and could be a great leader for the team. Finally, Chris Albright or Aaron Hohlbein would be good picks too.

    • Honestly I went back and forth on Guevara. He could be part of a draft day trade to pick up some extra draft picks or something. As for Hejduk and Albright, I know they'd be good picks but salary was an issue there in my mind. Hohlbein is another that would be good but I thought Besler was the better choice from KC.

      • ncguy

        I think you hit the nail on th ehead with Albright and Hejduk.

  • wvhooligan

    Honestly I went back and forth on Guevara. He could be part of a draft day trade to pick up some extra draft picks or something. As for Hejduk and Albright, I know they'd be good picks but salary was an issue there in my mind. Hohlbein is another that would be good but I thought Besler was the better choice from KC.

  • Peter C

    With their current base salaries… RSL – F – Campos – 65,000 CLB – F – Garey – 52,937 DCU – M – Jacobson – 34,000 KC – M – Hirsig – 75,000 SJ – M – Salinas – 36,300 HOU – M – Chabala – 34,000 CHV – D – S Thomas – 104,500 COL – D – Harvey – 50,000 FCD – D – Wagner – 50,930 SEA – D – Riley – 69,000 Other choices: RSL – M – Mathis – 115,000 CLB – D – Iro – 45,100 KC – M – Kraus – 34,000 HOU – D – Waibel – 77,008 CHV – M – Mayen – 20,100 Then hope Opara comes out and take him with 1st pick.

  • Peter C

    With their current base salaries…

    RSL – F – Campos – 65,000
    CLB – F – Garey – 52,937
    DCU – M – Jacobson – 34,000
    KC – M – Hirsig – 75,000
    SJ – M – Salinas – 36,300
    HOU – M – Chabala – 34,000
    CHV – D – S Thomas – 104,500
    COL – D – Harvey – 50,000
    FCD – D – Wagner – 50,930
    SEA – D – Riley – 69,000

    Other choices:
    RSL – M – Mathis – 115,000
    CLB – D – Iro – 45,100
    KC – M – Kraus – 34,000
    HOU – D – Waibel – 77,008
    CHV – M – Mayen – 20,100

    Then hope Opara comes out and take him with 1st pick.

  • ncguy

    I think you hit the nail on th ehead with Albright and Hejduk.

  • Scott s

    Just FYI.. Its Brian Edwards (TFC) and he's from Charlotte, NC ..

  • Scott s

    Just FYI.. Its Brian Edwards (TFC) and he's from Charlotte, NC ..

    • Thanks, good catch. Also he is originally from New Jersey. Probably should have made that more clearer.

  • wvhooligan

    Thanks, good catch. Also he is originally from New Jersey. Probably should have made that more clearer.

  • Scott s

    I agree with you, he's a good fit for the Union.

  • Scott s

    I agree with you, he's a good fit for the Union.

  • Big E

    If Union is going for a cheap GK, then might as well go with Conway (native Philly boy). I personally would like Union to go after Hartman, he has some years left and could be a solid keeper for a shaky expansion defense. For the price, Union might want Grabavoy or Riccetti over Russell. Convey? No way. Not unless SJ picks up half the tab. $220k, get out of here.

  • Big E

    If Union is going for a cheap GK, then might as well go with Conway (native Philly boy). I personally would like Union to go after Hartman, he has some years left and could be a solid keeper for a shaky expansion defense.

    For the price, Union might want Grabavoy or Riccetti over Russell.

    Convey? No way. Not unless SJ picks up half the tab. $220k, get out of here.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    No way will Nowak pick Guevara (too much of a drama queen) or Gordon (no speed, no touch).

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    No way will Nowak pick Guevara (too much of a drama queen) or Gordon (no speed, no touch).

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    You know, WVH, your list probably is the most representative I've seen among the three mock drafts on blogs. Philadelphia probably will go with all of your choices except Gordon or Edwards. I still think Bryan Jordan will go.

  • Joseph D'Hippolito

    You know, WVH, your list probably is the most representative I've seen among the three mock drafts on blogs. Philadelphia probably will go with all of your choices except Gordon or Edwards. I still think Bryan Jordan will go.

  • wvhooligan

    You're totally right. He is a big risk and I didn't even look into that before I put him down. Great point. Swap him out and put Andrew Jacobson from DC in his place.

  • PPelz

    you forget that J. Peterson tore his ACL with only a few weeks left in the season. Would Philly really want to take a risk on a player without knowing how they will recover from a major injury?

  • PPelz

    you forget that J. Peterson tore his ACL with only a few weeks left in the season. Would Philly really want to take a risk on a player without knowing how they will recover from a major injury?

    • You're totally right. He is a big risk and I didn't even look into that before I put him down. Great point. Swap him out and put Andrew Jacobson from DC in his place.