2011 Expansion Draft List: Houston Dynamo

2011 Expansion Draft List: Houston Dynamo

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 9, 2011
  • 3 Comments
  • 2011 Expansion Draft, Features

Houston won the Eastern Conference this year. (Getty Images)

Only two more teams to go in our look at each MLS club’s potential expansion draft lists. Today I start with the Eastern Conference champions, the Houston Dynamo.

The Dynamo shocked a lot of people this season with their late fall surge in the playoffs. Now they are going for a third MLS Cup. After the Cup is over, they’ll quickly have to hammer out a list like this one.

To recap, I’ve already looked at the Chicago FireChivas USA, the Colorado Rapids, the Columbus CrewD.C. UnitedFC Dallas, the New England Revolution, the New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union, the Portland TimbersReal Salt Lake, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Keep in mind the rules of the expansion draft, to read more about them click here.

Protected List: 

1. Geoff Cameron – One of their most important players.

2. Brad Davis – Finally got some MVP love this season, will be interesting to see if he ends up winning his first MVP award too.

3. Adrain Hainault – Big Canadian defender, have to protect.

4. Tally Hall – Emerged as a quality #1 keeper this season. See him progressing a lot in 2012.

5. Luiz Camargo – Brazilian midfielder, really helped push this club this fall.

6. Calen Carr – Quality second striker.

7. Corey Ashe – He wasn’t protected last year but I think he gets saved this season because he progressed a good bit this year and he’s dirt cheap.

8. Adam Moffat – Scottish forward, quality at times.

9. Colin Clark – When healthy he is very good on the wings for this club.

10. Jermaine Taylor – Jamaican international, quality player as well.

11. Bobby Boswell – Still a quality defender. He and Cameron are a strong pairing in the back for this club.

Home Grown/Generation adidas Players:

  • Tyler Deric
  • Will Bruin
  • Danny Cruz
  • Alex Dixon
  • Francisco Navas
  • Kofi Sarkode
  • Josue Soto

Unprotected List:

  • Eddie Robinson
  • Jason Garey
  • Je-Vaughn Watson
  • Cam Weaver
  • Hunter Freeman
  • Evan Newton
  • Carlo Costly
  • Brian Ching

Notes:

Okay, this team was fairly straight forward. I had to decide between Ching, Boswell, and Ashe in the end. Ching got the short end of the stick mostly because of age and his hefty contract ($412k total). With so many HGP and GAs on the roster that likely won’t graduate this year (though Danny Cruz could be close), this club doesn’t have a lot of arguments over who should be protected and who shouldn’t be here.

  • Drpeterson

    Thanks for the thoughts, Drew.  Moffat a MF, not a F, though… Costly may end up back with Atlas if deal cannot be reached by 12/31/11.

    • If that happens, I bet Hunter Freeman slides in to the spot.

  • Martin

    Carr (not that much quality) over Ching (Dynamo icon, despite salary) is insane.
    Maybe another minor swap here or there, but otherwise I think the list is right….