Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft Set To Shake Things Up

Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft Set To Shake Things Up

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 14, 2010
  • 2010 Re-Entry Draft

Tomorrow could very well be one of the busiest days in the offseason this year. We knew after the short stage 1 of last week’s re-entry draft that the second stage would be a bit more lively after 16 of the 18 clubs passed on picks.

Stage 2 was always set to be the bigger stage. In the first stage we knew clubs couldn’t get any discounted players and would only be going after those in the bargin bin of the re-entry pool. But as the rules state stage 2 will be full of movement.

While players picked up in Stage 1 were signed to predetermined salary figures, those chosen in Stage 2 will enter negotiations for a new contract. Should no agreement be reached and an offer is made, the club will hold on to the player’s rights in MLS. Players not selected in Stage 2 will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The list of players in the re-entry pool have dwindled by one as well. Jovan Kirovski pulled his name out of the pool in hopes of getting a new deal with the LA Galaxy. I had no idea you could just pull your name out and re-negotiating with your previous club like that.

The order of tomorrow’s draft will be the same as last week’s with D.C. United going first.

  1. D.C. United
  2. Chivas USA
  3. Philadelphia Union
  4. New England Revolution
  5. Houston Dynamo
  6. Toronto FC
  7. Chicago Fire
  8. Sporting Kansas City
  9. Seattle Sounders
  10. Columbus Crew
  11. New York Red Bulls
  12. Real Salt Lake
  13. San Jose Earthquakes
  14. LA Galaxy
  15. FC Dallas
  16. Colorado Rapids
  17. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  18. Portland Timbers

A lot of United fans are already campaigning for Juan Pablo Angel to be their pick. If JPA doesn’t get picked I’d be shocked. A number of teams could use him and I’d imagine a number of teams would like to have him as well. And getting someone like him at a possibly discounted rate could be huge for a number of clubs.

I’d imagine guys like Jimmy Conrad, Tyrone Marshall, Frankie Hejduk, and Khari Stephenson could be selected tomorrow as well. While I think we could see every club pick a player in this draft I do have a feeling we’ll see a couple teams pass yet again in this draft (like a RSL).

Who do you want your club to take tomorrow? Excited for this stage in the re-entry draft?