- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 21, 2011
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- 2011 Expansion Draft, Features
Chivas USA had an up and down 2011. Their season looked promising at times but injuries piled up and issues with scoring took this team over. First year manager Robin Fraser did a decent job this year but will have the fun task of going through the roster to figure out who stays and who will be left available for next month’s expansion draft.
Keep in mind the rules of the expansion draft, to read more about them click here.
1. Michael Lahoud – One of their young stars worth holding on to.
2. Alejandro Moreno – An international that when health is a big part of their offense.
3. Nick LaBrocca – One of the more underrated players in MLS.
4. Justin Braun – At times one of the better strikers in MLS.
5. Ben Zemanski – Another young, cheap player that is a good part of this roster.
6. Marco Mondaini – They have to protect a certain number of internationals, he makes the cut.
7. Simon Elliot – Captain and leader of this squad, he’s old but the international status helps him out.
8. Blair Gavin – A very talented player that any new club would love to have come freely in a draft like this.
9. Dan Kennedy – One of the most underrated keepers in the league, had a wonderful season. He’s also fairly cheap too.
10. Ante Jazic – Enjoyed one of his better seasons this year – plus he is Canadian and all.
11. Michael Umana – Another international that they’ll likely hold on to.
Home Grown/Generation adidas players:
- Bryan de la Funte
- Tristan Bowen (on loan at the moment)
- Zerek Valentin
- Juan Pablo Angel
- Andrew Boyens
- Health Pearce
- Pablo Nagamura
- Marino Trujillo
- Laurent Courtois
- Jorge Flores
- Zach Thornton
- Chris Cortez
- David Junior Lopes
- Victor Estupinan
Chivas is one of those tricky teams due to the internationals that they have on the roster. One question will come into play is whether or not Valentin will graduate from the GA program after this season. He did log over 2000 minutes this year – which is usually a strong indication that he will graduate from the program. If he does, then put him on the protect list and drop down someone like Elliot.
The big reason why I left JPA and Pearce off the protection list is due to the high contracts both have. JPA was left unprotected last year in New York and Pearce makes a good chunk of change that should keep him safe.