Trades Make Re-Entry Draft Worthwhile

Trades Make Re-Entry Draft Worthwhile

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 16, 2010
  • 2010 Re-Entry Draft, Chris Seitz, Frankie Hejduk, Trades

Chris Seitz was a part of a crazy day in MLS yesterday. (Getty Images)

Yesterday was a crazy day in the very least. Not only did we have the fast paced second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft but we also had plenty of trades to go along with it. I never got around to talking about these at any sort of length last night.

First of all I think the Re-Entry Draft was a success for the league. Yes the name is totally lame and needs some work but this new system works. It’s created a much needed buzz for this time of the year that sometimes isn’t there for MLS clubs.

As we all know the LA Galaxy made headlines yesterday by grabbing Juan Pablo Angel in the Re-Entry draft but they also took an average defender that I thought would be a good pickup for depth reasons in Luka Sassano. Instead they traded Sassano’s right away to Kansas City for their Re-Entry selection in Frankie Hejduk.

If there is any club that knows their way around the MLS salary cap it is LA. They’ll find a way to get all of these big names in under the cap with room to breathe.

On first glance I thought the trade made little sense as the Galaxy got increasingly older in their backline. But this move for Hejduk is about their depth and depth alone. As long as the Galaxy find ways to get younger through the SuperDraft or through their academy system this winter they’ll be fine.

For Kansas City I’m not sure what the logic is but if they are indeed going after another Designated Player then going for a cheaper player like Sassano makes loads of sense.

The next move I was fairly against all day yesterday. Keeper Chris Seitz was traded to FC Dallas for a 4th round selection in the 2012 SuperDraft. First of all what is with trading these 4th round picks these days? Second, the more I think about it the more I’m coming around to this deal for Dallas.

Yes Seitz was wildly inconsistent in Philadelphia as a starter but with added games to the FCD schedule this year getting a fairly experienced keeper like Seitz is necessary. Seitz came under fire after the start of the season in Philadelphia when he was behind a defense that was still coming together. In Dallas he’ll get a defense that was one of the best in the league in 2010. That should be a nice change of pace for the young keeper and a good thing for him to learn from.

Plus he’ll train under Kevin Hartman and push him which is something Schellas Hyndman has stressed. It shows the club was really ready to move away from Dario Sala too. Sala made it through both stages of the Re-Entry draft and is now a free agent. I get the sense he may retire if no one picks him up here. Just a hunch from me.

Also it shows Hyndman isn’t ready for Josh Lambo to take a serious leap forward. I’d imagine we’ll see Lambo be on his way out of Dallas before long if he doesn’t see any more playing time this year. Being a third stringer for another season has to not sit well with the kid.

The team that I feel bad for in all of this is Philadelphia. They basically lose Seitz for nothing here, not even a low round draft pick. They made a lot of commitment to him this year which makes this all the more confusing.

  • Bluedevilsacc

    spellcheck bro.

    “As long as the Galaxy find ways to get get younger through the SuperDraft or through their academy system this winter they’ll be fine.”

    “Yes Seitz was wildly inconsistent in Philadelphia as a start”

    • Not exactly spellcheck but thanks for playing grammer police! 🙂

  • I agree that the Reserve league will help someone like Seitz and yes having Hartman around has to help. But this kid was behind Nick Rimando for 3 years. I am not going to get into a pissing match matching up Hartman vs Rimando, but Rimando is a great keeper. If that didn’t help Seitz, I am not sure how much Hartman is going to help.