- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 11, 2011
- 10 Comments
- 2011 Expansion Draft, Features
Over the last few weeks I’ve gone through each of the 18 Major League Soccer clubs and put out the list of players I could see them protecting and not protecting. Many of you have emailed, tweeted, sent messages on Facebook to let me know you’ve enjoyed these lists and that you want a mock draft from these lists.
Well, your wish is here.
To recap, here are the 18 lists: Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, the Colorado Rapids, the Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, the Los Angeles Galaxy, the New England Revolution, the New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union, the Portland Timbers, Real 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.
So here are my ten picks (in no particular order).
1. Ryan Pore (Portland) – It has been rumored, reported, etc. that the two clubs have a standing agreement of some sorts. I’m guessing this is part of it since Pore was with Montreal for a little while.
2. Michael Harrington (Sporting KC) – Quality defender. Could be a good pickup for an expansion club.
3. Brad Evans (Seattle) – Sounders fans will hate this but I think they’ve come to terms that they stand to lose someone important to them. He’s another player that comes in around $130k on total compensation.
4. Bobby Burling (San Jose) – A vertan defender, who can be very good at times. Plus he is dirt cheap at $42k a year.
5. Anthony Wallace (Colorado) – They nearly lost him last year but I think Montreal takes a gamble on him this year.
6. Collen Warner (Real Salt Lake) – I went back and forth on a couple RSL players but landed on Warner here. He didn’t progress as much as the club would have liked him to this past year but he could be worth the risk on taking in the expansion draft.
7. Michael Stephens (LA) – Young, cheap and wen needed last year he was a huge part of this club. He didn’t get as much production this season but I could see him do well with more time.
8. Pat Phalen (New England) – A quality defensive midfielder, not a great one but one that could do well in a different setting.
9. Cam Weaver (Houston) – Another one I went back and forth on. He comes in under $100k in compensation which is good but it all comes down to whether or not he is healthy enough for this club.
10. Chris Korb (DC) – Another young, cheap defender. Could be a risk worth taking.
I’ll admit, this wasn’t the easiest selection process. I had a number of guys written down but with the league expanding to 19, having 18 clubs expose a certain number of guys, the quality has diminished a tad. Obviously we’ll have a better idea once the real lists come out as to who Montreal could go after.
This probably isn’t the “best” 10 that could be selected either but you do have to factor in a lot of things like cost, age of the player and nationality as well. In my picks I tried to go a mix of youth with veterans of the league.
There hasn’t been too many comments from Impact coach Jesse Marsch as to what he is hoping to get out of this draft. He and the club could end up grabbing a bunch of players and then immediately trading them around like other expansion clubs have done in recent years. Remember Vancouver and Portland last year? Yeah, it could easily be like that with tons of weird picks and trades to follow. More than likely when this is all said and done the Impact will really have only taken a handful of guys from this draft and traded away the other few for allocation, draft picks, etc.