- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 17, 2010
- 2 Comments
- 2010 Expansion Draft
We’re getting back on track this morning with another expansion draft list. I knew yesterday would be busy but today could be just as busy for me around here.
Anyways, to recap, so far I’ve covered lists for the following teams: the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, the Columbus Crew, D.C. United, the Philadelphia Union, the Houston Dynamo, the Kansas City Wizards, the New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake, the Seattle Sounders FC, and Toronto FC. As always for those curious about the expansion draft rules click here (there are some funky rules about international players and what not).
New York is the last of the first round exiting teams for me to cover here. I’ll hit LA and San Jose either later today or tomorrow, followed by Colorado and Dallas on Friday. That’s the plan at least. The draft is next week.
The Red Bulls enjoyed a very solid season this past year and now head into the winter with plenty of work to do. They have a mix of quality young players with some (expensive) veterans. I do think this could be a team that gets hit hard in the draft next week.
Below are the 11 players I see being protected:
- Thierry Henry – No explanation needed.
- Rafa Marquez – Ditto.
- Joel Lindpere – Another ditto.
- Tim Ream – Rookie of the year in some folks eyes, plus he’s dirt cheap.
- Chris Albright – Came back in 2010 and had one heck of a campaign.
- Carlos Mendez – Had a strong 2010 as well.
- Dane Richards – Finally looked like he is reaching his full potential with Marquez and others in the midfield with him.
- Bouna Coundoul – Still has his moments but I bet they’ll hold on to him.
- Jeremy Hall – Still finding his way, but is cheap enough to protect.
- Roy Miller – Quality defender worth holding on to.
- Medhi Ballouchy – Nice mid-season pick up by the Red Bulls, he’s improved a lot in 2010.
Those unprotected are:
- Greg Sutton
- Carl Robinson
- Juan Pablo Angel
- Seth Stammler
- Danleigh Borman
- Andrew Boyens
- Conor Chinn
- Austin da Luz
- Irving Garcia
- Salou Ibrahim
- Brian Nielsen
- Mike Petke
- Luke Sassano
- Sinisa Ubiparipovic
Players protected via Generation adidas/Home Grown Talent:
- Juan Agudelo
- Toni Tchani
- Giorgi Chirgadze
I felt New York was fairly simple. Juan Pablo Angel is moving on so I really don’t see the need for protecting him. His contract will still be too high for Portland or Vancouver to even attempt to try and work with, plus I doubt he wants to play for a team that will play on turf next year. I know he could have a no-trade clause but I kind of think he could waive that so NY doesn’t have to waste a spot on him. He’s not coming back to the club so it makes some sense.
Stammler is retiring so protecting him makes little sense. There could be arguments for younger guys with potential like de Luz and Garcia but I could see New York replace them with academy players or draft picks anyways if they were picked up in the expansion draft.
The only one I was even remotely iffy over protecting was Hall. Still I felt he had more potential value over someone with a more expensive contract (Robinson) or one of the two younger guys mentioned above. Tchani should get another year in the GA program but if somehow he does graduate he’ll move in over Hall easily.