- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 18, 2010
- 2 Comments
- 2010 Expansion Draft
Let’s move on from the Sporting KC talk to get back to the expansion draft lists. Today we’ll dive into the conference final losers and tomorrow we’ll hit up the two clubs in MLS Cup.
To recap, so far I’ve covered lists for the following teams: the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, the Columbus Crew, D.C. United, the Houston Dynamo, the Kansas City Wizards, the New England Revolution, the New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union, 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).
This morning we’re going to look at the San Jose Earthquakes who enjoyed a great turnaround season in 2010. They went from doormat in the western conference to the playoffs and even into the conference finals. Frank Yallop patiently built a young team with some solid veteran players making this year’s expansion draft list for them even tougher to figure out.
Below are the 11 players I see being protected:
- Geovanni – Their lone DP, like has the no-trade clause so we’ll protect him.
- Bobby Convey – Their MVP this season in my mind, really improved his play in 2010.
- Chris Wondolowski – I may get some angry folks for that comment above about Convey but Wondo was spectacular as well in 2010.
- Khari Stephenson – I really felt the midfield improved greatly when he came on board.
- Jason Hernandez – Still their leader in the back, the club is so much better when he is healthy.
- Jon Busch – Found a home in San Jose.
- Bobby Burling – had a very strong year in the back for them.
- Brandon McDonald – Probably one of the more underrated players in the league right now.
- Sam Cronin – Cheap and fairly reliable in the midfield.
- Ryan Johnson – His goal production went down but his assist numbers were way up in 2010.
- Scott Sealy – His international status keeps him here.
Those unprotected are:
- Joey Gjertsen
- Arturo Alvarez
- Joe Cannon
- Ramiro Corrales
- Steven Beitashour
- Cornell Glen
- Omar Jasseh
- Chris Leitch
- Andre Luiz
- Justin Morrow
- Brad Ring
- Tim Ward
Players protected via Generation adidas/Home Grown Talent:
- Ike Opara
The injury to Opara probably helped them out more in this draft than they’d like to admit. He was on pace to pretty much play in every game this year which would have meant he would need to graduate out of the program.
This was a tricky team to predict. They have some higher contracts that are probably worth not protecting (Cannon, Alvarez, and Corrales). You could say they’ll leave Convey unprotected due to his high contract like they did a year ago but after seeing how good he was this year you can’t leave him open like that.
They could go with not protecting either keeper and protect Gjertsen or Beitashour instead of Busch/Cannon. But I kind of doubt they’ll leave both up for grabs. That would be quite a situation if they did that and both were selected.