- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 9, 2010
- 2 Comments
- 2010 Expansion Draft
[A side note: I just wanted to say forgive me for the lack of updates over the last couple days (weeks really). I’ve been on a six-month long project at my daily job and it is close to wrapping up. Needless to say I’ve been extremely busy with that as the project is coming to a close.]
We’re continuing on in our team-by-team look at this year’s Expansion Draft protection lists. So far I’ve covered the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, D.C. United, the Philadelphia Union, the Houston Dynamo, and the New England Revolution. For those curious about the expansion draft rules click here (there are some funky rules about international players and what not).
Today we look at Toronto FC and what they’ll bring to this expansion draft mix. Toronto is always an interesting team to go over due to how the league handles their international players compared to the rest of the league. With another Canadian team coming into the fold you got to believe they’ll cover their tracks as much as possible with their Canadians.
Below are the 11 I see getting protected. I believe they’ll cover one of their DPs but the other should be on his way out of Toronto.
- Dwayne De Rosario – Even with the possible contract issues with DeRo there is no way possible they’d let him go this easily.
- Stefan Frei – Probably the one guy they cannot afford to give up.
- Nana Attakora – He’s one of their guys that just makes no sense giving up in this situation.
- Chad Barrett – I’ll admit when he is healthy he’s still a quality option up top for this club.
- Adrian Cann – Quality defender that is Canadian and worth keeping.
- Julian de Guzman – Is he DP worthy? Maybe, maybe not. Either way he’s going no where.
- Nick LaBrocca – Quality midfielder, young, and cheap.
- Dan Gargan – Decent defender, appears to be a fan favorite in Toronto too.
- Maicon Santos – The former Preki-product has turned into a quality player for Toronto, when he’s healthy.
- Ty Harden – He has his moments but he’d be worth holding on to I think.
- Joseph Nane – Still a pretty raw bit of talent.
- Amadou Sanyang
- O’Brien White
- Jon Conway
- Nick Garcia
- Gabe Gala
- Emmanuel Gomez
- Raivis Hscanovics
- Fuad Ibrahim
- Milos Kocic
- Jacob Peterson
- Martin Saric
- Maxim Usanov
Players protected via Generation adidas/Home Grown Talent:
- Doneil Henry
- Nicolas Lindsay
In this I have Frei and Ibrahim graduating out of their GA contracts. Ibrahim could possibly remain in the program but I find that to be tough considering he’s been apart of it since 2007. Mista seems like the one likely DP not to be protected in the league this year. I went back and forth on White in place of someone like Harden or Nane but I tend to lean on the side of some Toronto fans that I trust in that White hasn’t done enough progressing to prove worthy of being protected this year.
You could make a case for Peterson too but he’s a little higher priced for what he’s really worth.
Toronto is littered with some slightly overpaid players like Peterson and Garcia. I’d imagine we’ll see a few of them go through the new Re-Entry draft system this winter.