Union Selects First 10

Union Selects First 10

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 25, 2009
  • 10 Comments
  • 2009 Expansion Draft

The new kids of the block finally have some spots filled on their roster today as the 2009 Expansion Draft is complete with Philadelphia Union selecting their first 10 players. Some names won’t shock you while others may leave you guessing what Peter Nowak and company have up their sleeve.

-Jordan Harvey – Colorado Rapids
-Andrew Jacobson – DC United
-Brad Knighton – New England Revolution
-Sebastian LeToux – Seattle Sounders
-Stefani Miglioranzi – Los Angeles Galaxy
-Alejandro Moreno – Columbus Crew
-David Myrie – Chicago Fire
-Shea Salinas – San Jose Earthquakes
-Shavar Thomas – Chivas USA
-Nick Zimmerman – New York Red Bulls

Five clubs escaped without losing anyone: Real Salt Lake, Dallas, Toronto, Houston and Kansas City.

It’s also been reported that Philly has traded for RSL keeper Chris Seitz. Steve Goff is saying Seitz went from RSL to Philly for allocation money and the promise not to select any of its players in the expansion draft. Not a bad promise if you think about it. If that deal is indeed true then the Union has two solid young keepers.

What do I think of this roster? Certainly surprising compared to what I predicted. They could have come away with a better roster for sure but one has to think Peter Nowak is getting guys to fit his system, which is more important sometimes than getting the best players out there. I’ll have more thoughts on this roster later.

  • dougknowsbest

    Congratulations New York Red Bulls you are no longer the crappiest team in MLS, terrible selections every one of them

  • Alex

    Didn't think Le Toux would be picked, for sure. It does free up some cap room for Seattle and gives Le Toux a chance to compete for a starting job, something he had no realistic chance of getting in Seattle. Sad to see him leave, but we had too many useful players unprotected to expect not to lose someone. If not LeToux, then King or Riley. Seattle needs to sign 1 or 2 new forwards. Badly.

  • Alex

    Didn't think Le Toux would be picked, for sure. It does free up some cap room for Seattle and gives Le Toux a chance to compete for a starting job, something he had no realistic chance of getting in Seattle. Sad to see him leave, but we had too many useful players unprotected to expect not to lose someone. If not LeToux, then King or Riley.

    Seattle needs to sign 1 or 2 new forwards. Badly.

  • JMC

    $200,000 in allocation money for a guy who started 7 games in 3 years, and looked average during loan spells to the USL. Add that to the draft. Given the choice of selecting MLS starters wit h decent salaries, or young prospects with huge potential, the Union decided to go with neither. Instead they drafted a bunch of guys who will be traded to recoup the money lost on Seitz, or ride the bench during their careers. Bad first day for Philly.

  • JMC

    $200,000 in allocation money for a guy who started 7 games in 3 years, and looked average during loan spells to the USL.

    Add that to the draft. Given the choice of selecting MLS starters wit h decent salaries, or young prospects with huge potential, the Union decided to go with neither. Instead they drafted a bunch of guys who will be traded to recoup the money lost on Seitz, or ride the bench during their careers.

    Bad first day for Philly.

  • dougknowsbest

    Congratulations New York Red Bulls you are no longer the crappiest team in MLS, terrible selections every one of them

  • Kaiser

    Nowak has some work to do! Not a great draft, especially considering that there were btoh some talented young guys (i.e. Wallace from Dallas) and veteran leaders (Hjeduk form Columbus) available to be picked. Salinas and Zimmerman were nice picks, but can't understand many of the others.

  • Kaiser

    Nowak has some work to do! Not a great draft, especially considering that there were btoh some talented young guys (i.e. Wallace from Dallas) and veteran leaders (Hjeduk form Columbus) available to be picked. Salinas and Zimmerman were nice picks, but can't understand many of the others.

    • Cannon Girl

      SKIPPY!!! Where ya and how ya been? Our Drewby got married then revamped the site and turned into a Twitterbug, Becks and Donovan made peace, RSL won the Cup, my Quakes finished at the bottom of their conference (still love 'em though-WHO-HOOOO), and in your absence I shared a General Foods International Coffee moment with Jed….made me appreciate YOU all the more(!)
      Although it's sad to see him go I agree that Salinas was a good pick. I too am surprised at some of the players across the league who were left unprotected, but hope someone is smart enough to pick Josh Saunders 'cause that guy's good. Great 'keeping from Ricketts this year by the way, you should be proud.
      Now for the $64,000 question….the Becks purchase – NY or Miami? I think NY but really hope he buys LA. Your reaction alone would be worth any price LOL! Missed you! ;)

  • Cannon Girl

    SKIPPY!!! Where ya and how ya been? Our Drewby got married then revamped the site and turned into a Twitterbug, Becks and Donovan made peace, RSL won the Cup, my Quakes finished at the bottom of their conference (still love 'em though-WHO-HOOOO), and in your absence I shared a General Foods International Coffee moment with Jed….made me appreciate YOU all the more(!) Although it's sad to see him go I agree that Salinas was a good pick. I too am surprised at some of the players across the league who were left unprotected, but hope someone is smart enough to pick Josh Saunders 'cause that guy's good. Great 'keeping from Ricketts this year by the way, you should be proud. Now for the $64,000 question….the Becks purchase – NY or Miami? I think NY but really hope he buys LA. Your reaction alone would be worth any price LOL! Missed you! ;)