Re-Entry Draft To Make MLS Offseason Even More Fun

Re-Entry Draft To Make MLS Offseason Even More Fun

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 3, 2010
  • 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)

Chivas USA:
Marcelo Saragosa
Alex Zotinca

Colorado Rapids:
Claudio Lopez
Ciaran O’Brien
Peter Vagenas

Columbus Crew:
Jason Garey
Leandre Griffit
Frankie Hejduk
Duncan Oughton
Gino Padula
Guillermo Barros Schelotto

D.C. United
Juan Manuel Pena
Barry Rice
Brandon Barklage
Carlos Varela

FC Dallas
Jeff Cunningham
Dario Sala

Houston Dynamo
Pat Onstad

Sporting Kansas City
Josh Wolff
Jimmy Conrad
Aaron Holhbein

LA Galaxy:
Dema Kovalenko
Jovan Kirovski

New England Revolution
Preston Burpo
Cory Gibbs
Khano Smith
Nico Colaluca

New York Red Bulls
Juan Pablo Angel
Carey Talley
Luke Sassano

San Jose Earthquakes
Cornell Glen

Seattle Sounders FC
Tyrone Marshall

Toronto FC
Fuad Ibrahim
Amadou Sanyang
Nick Garcia

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.)

  • Do Eduardo & Geovanni count in this? They only have 1 year of MLS experience, or is that any pro experience?

    • Not entirely sure about those two. Got a feeling they won’t be counted but we’ll know more later today. Thanks for mentioning that.

  • MrTuktoyaktuk

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

  • Conrad and Glen might be good pick ups. I see DC going for Conrad.

    I think Wolff and Cunningham might be good ones once they are at the 2nd phase and cheaper.