- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On December 3, 2010
- 4 Comments
- 2010 Re-Entry Draft
Part of the title is serious and the other part is sarcasm. You take your pick.
No really the new MLS Re-Entry Draft will soon be under way. Loads of players will be eligible for the first stage of the draft too. Soccer America posted an article earlier today about the draft and said there are close to 40 players eligible today for the first stage.
In Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft, to be held Wednesday, players out of contract or with declined options are eligible to be claimed by other teams, which will pick in reverse order of their 2010 finish. Expansion teams Vancouver and Portland at the bottom of the pecking order.
So D.C. United you’re on the clock so to speak.
To recap a little bit about the Re-Entry Draft and all of it’s madness here is a short explanation of who goes into this free agency type of system for MLS. (Read the rest of the details here)
Eligible for the Re-Entry Draft are the following categories of players: those at least 23 with at least three years’ league experience whose options were declined; and out of contract players who have not received a “Bonafide Offer,” and who are at least 25 with four years’ experience (25+4), or at least 30 with eight years’ experience (30+8). The latter classifications stipulate conditions of what constitutes a Bonafide Offer — too complicated to include here — which if the player declines gives his current club right of first refusal if he agrees to terms with a club that has drafted him. If no such offer is tendered, the player goes into the Re-Entry Draft unencumbered.
So far from what I’ve been able to gather the following players are eligible. (Note: I’ll be adding to this list even more as the day goes on, teams have until 5pm to submit all players for this draft)
Guillermo Barros Schelotto
Juan Manuel Pena
Sporting Kansas City
New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls
Juan Pablo Angel
San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders FC
When the full list comes out later today you’ll see it here as well. This should be interesting to say the very least.
(Update: Just found out that D.C.’s Rice and Barklage are not eligible for the re-entry draft.)