General manager and head coach Gavin Wilkinson of the Portland Timbers poses with MLS executive vice president Todd Durbin and Vancouver Whitecaps director of professional teams Greg Anderson. (Getty Images)

Next year as we all know will see the likes of two new Major League Soccer clubs in Vancouver and Portland. Last night at the MLS All-Star game in Houston the two engaged in a coin toss that would decide who gets the first crack at deciding a lot of different draft orders for next year.

Vancouver came away as the winner of the coin toss and will now have a little time between now and August 11th to decide which draft they’ll pick first in, the Expansion Draft or the 2011 SuperDraft. After that is decided other orders will be determined including:

  • USL Player Priority on opening of signing period
  • Allocation Ranking
  • Designated Player Ranking
  • Discovery Ranking
  • Lottery Ranking
  • Waiver/Re-entry Draft Ranking

Both are a gamble and in a way its a toss up of a decision for the Whitecaps to make. At this point a lot needs to be decided from the league’s standpoint for the expansion draft. I say that because the past couple of seasons the expansion draft was set up for one new club, not two.

Back when Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA came into the league things were a bit different. The two clubs went back and forth selecting ten players but unlike the last few expansion drafts clubs could lose more than one player in the draft. The league will need to decide if the current rules of the draft stay in place where clubs only lose a single player in the expansion draft or if that will be expanded (which it will likely have to be here). My guess is clubs will not be able to lose more than two players this time around.

If you’re Vancouver which route to you want to go first in? For me I’d take the risk and go first in the expansion draft as you’re more likely to get MLS-ready players in that draft rather than in the SuperDraft.

Either way its a toss-up.