- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 25, 2011
- 15 Comments
- 2011 Expansion Draft, Features
This could easily be one of the easier draft lists that I do. Why? The Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said recently on Twitter that the Timbers and the Montreal Impact have an agreement in place for the Impact not to pick anyone from the Timbers roster.
The tweet has not been removed by Paulson, but the fact is that current Timbers midfielder Ryan Pore has been training with the Impact for the last month or so. Side deals like that probably happen more than we know in MLS. Its possible that Pore could just be selected in the draft as part of an agreement between the two sides.
Whatever the case, the list for them almost seems easy to make anyways.
Keep in mind the rules of the expansion draft, to read more about them click here.
1. Diego Chara – Their DP midfielder and one of their internationals.
2. Jack Jewsbury – Captain Jack had probably his best season to date this year.
3. Kenny Cooper – Big contract guy but one that they’ll hold on to here.
4. Eric Brunner – One of their better defenders from this season. Plus, he’s fairly cheap.
5. Troy Perkins – Their main man between the sticks.
6. Rodney Wallace – A young, international for the club.
7. Lovel Palmer – The Jamaican came over from Houston in the middle of the season, I’d expect him to be a part of this club in 2012.
8. Kalif Alhassan – Another international player that will be protected.
9. Sal Zizzo – Cheap, solid and one that could be a big part of their club in 2012.
10. Mike Chabala – A John Spencer-guy, a decent defender who is also a fairly cheap one as well.
11. Mamadou Danso – At times he was a big target on set pieces for the Timbers in 2011.
Home Grown/Generation adidas players:
- Darlington Nagbe
- Kevin Goldthwaite
- Peter Lowry
- Bright Dike
- Eddie Johnson
- David Horst
- James Marcelin
- Jorge Perlaza
- Eric Alexander
- Ryan Pore
- Rodrigo Lopez
- Jake Gleeson
- Adin Brown
- Steve Purdy
- Brian Umony
- Chris Taylor
- Freddie Braun
- Spencer Thompson
Again, Paulson said no Timber would be selected but even if he was just saying that because of a deal between the Timbers and the Impact, it will likely be Ryan Pore. Naturally we’ll know more once it comes time for the draft, a trade could happen between the two – which could nullify any need for an expansion draft list from this club.
Even if the two sides didn’t have an agreement in place for Pore, I wouldn’t have too many issues making this list. Portland is still a fairly young team with some key players that are vital to their growth.
Thoughts? Issues? Let’s hear it.