- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 23, 2011
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- 2011 Expansion Draft, Features
The 2011-12 offseason for Major League Soccer is underway today as the 19th club – the Montreal Impact – made their ten selections in the Expansion Draft.
Below are the ten players selected:
- Brian Ching (Houston)
- Zarek Valentin (Chivas)
- Justin Mapp (Philadelphia)
- Bobby Burling (San Jose)
- Jed Brovsky (Vancouver)
- Collen Warner (Real Salt Lake)
- Josh Gardner (Columbus Crew)
- Sanna Nyassi (Colorado Rapids)
- James Riley (Seattle Sounders)
- Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City)
Montreal also made a couple deals during the draft as well. Riley was sent to Chivas USA to striker Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen. They also picked up Tyson Wahl from Seattle for allocation money.
The big story of of the draft is of course the Impact selecting Brian Ching first. It had been reported high and wide that Ching stated if he were selected that he would retire instead of playing for the Impact. Basically Montreal called that bluff and picked him anyways. More than likely they’ll hold him for ransom and get a fair amount of allocation back in return from Houston.
Overall, Montreal picked a very good roster here, one of the better expansion drafts in recent memory. Defensively they snagged a couple quality defenders in Valentin, Sinovic, Gardner and Burling while going out and trading for Bruan was huge. I’ve thought for a while that Braun needed a change of location and coming to Montreal to play for Jesse Marsch should be a great thing for his career.
You will noticed a few interesting things in this draft and from hearing Marsch explain the picks. A lot of ties to his days with Chivas and Chicago here.
After Thanksgiving – once the dust has settled here – I’ll probably go through each pick and give them a grade of some sort. But just based on my initial reaction to this draft, it was a good one.