- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 4, 2011
- 7 Comments
- 2011 Expansion Draft, Features
Entering the 2011 season, I felt the Philadelphia Union were a team that could surprise a few folks and be a dark horse pick to make the playoffs. Turns out they made the playoffs but couldn’t get any further than the semifinal round after their loss to the Houston Dynamo last night.
Philly has plenty of strong building blocks for 2012 but could they end up losing someone important? We’ll have to wait and see.
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 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. Sebastien Le Toux – One of those ‘duh’ players for these lists.
2. Freddy Adu – He’ll be a major part of their club in 2012.
3. Veljko Paunovic – International player, one that they’ll have to protect.
4. Gabriel Farfan – He and his brother are safe.
5. Michael Farfan – See the note above.
6. Carlos Valdes – One of the better center backs in the league, one of the reasons why Philly was as good as they were this season.
7. Roger Torres – Quality young player, still loads of potential.
8. Brian Carroll – Underrated defensive midfielder. Would be a massive gamble to let him go this easily.
9. Kyle Nakazawa – Another young player that still has potential to grow in this league.
10. Sheanon Williams – A young, talented and cheap defender.
11. Danny Mwanga – Just like with most on this list, he’s young and talented. Simple as that.
Home Grown/Generation adidas Players:
- Zac MacMath
- Jack McInerney
- Zach Pfeffer
- Amobi Okugo
- Faryd Mondragon
- Joe Tait
- Juan Diego Gonzalez
- Stefani Miglioranzi
- Levi Houapeu
- Danny Califf
- Justin Mapp
- Ryan Richter
- Thorne Holder
- Morgan Langley
- Chase Harrison
- Keon Daniel
Philly was a little tricky, mainly because of their young core. I think for the most part though their list is fairly straight forward. Keep the young core that you know you need for 2012 – build on that core – and hope that the rest of the roster isn’t worth getting picked apart by the expansion draft.