- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 4, 2011
- 4 Comments
- 2011 Expansion Draft, Features
It wasn’t the year that most had expected out of the New York Red Bulls. A fast started turned into a long summer drought followed by a late season push into the playoffs. Expectations were high and the team failed to reach them.
With so much talent on the roster, protecting the main parts of this club could be a challenge for Hans Backe.
To recap, I’ve already looked at the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, the Colorado Rapids, the Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, the New England Revolution, the Philadelphia Union, the Portland Timbers, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Seattle Sounders FC, Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Keep in mind the rules of the expansion draft, to read more about them click here.
1. Thierry Henry – This guy is going no where, he loves NY.
2. Rafa Marquez – Some hate him but Backe seems to love him.
3. Tim Ream – Rough year for the big guy but he’ll be saved.
4. Joel Lindpere – Vastly underrated, heart and soul of this club if you ask me.
5. Dane Richards – Still improving each year with the stars around him.
6. Teemu Tainio – When healthy, he made the Red Bulls so much better defensively.
7. Luke Rodgers – Like him or hate him, he brings something to the table that no one else does for NY.
8. Roy Miller – Quality defender.
9. Jan Gunner Solli – Another quality player that when healthy makes this club better.
10. Dax McCarty – I have my doubts about them saving Dax but I think he is protected this season.
11. Frank Rost – Another iffy one for me. I have a feeling he may not return to the club, so they could expose him if that is the case.
Home Grown/Generation adidas Players:
- Sacir Hot
- Corey Hertzog
- Matt Kassell
- Juan Agudelo
- Chris Albright
- Mehdi Ballouchy
- John Rooney
- Bouna Coundoul
- Brian Nielsen
- Stephen Keel
- Mike Jones
- Stephane Auvray
- Alex Horwath
- Marcos Paullo
- Carl Robinson
- Reddy Schnieder
- Carlos Mendes
- Gregg Sutton
- Tyler Lassiter
Those last two on the protected list are the iffy ones for me. All depends on Rost and whether or not he comes back and if he has a no trade clause.
Protecting McCarty seems iffy just because it is tough to tell if Backe rates him high or not. He seems to but with Backe you really don’t know. He doesn’t like Juan Agudelo but luckily for him he will be saved due to that HG tag.
Other than those two, the list seems fairly straight forward. The Red Bulls lack depth all over the place – which could be good news for them when it comes to this draft.
EDIT: Just got wind that Marquez won’t need to be protected since he lacks a no-trade clause in his contract. I’d expect Keel to slide into his place.