The first stage of the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft has come and gone with a bang. Only three players were selected in the first stage today as 16 clubs passed on their selection.
The terms of the first stage mean the three players selected today, their new teams will have honor their current contracts or offer them a 5 percent raise over what they made last year if they are currently out of contract. Stage 2 of the draft will take place next Monday and is expected to be more active, as teams can renegotiate the players’ contracts.
Danleigh Boreman was selected first by the New England Revolution. The outside back/midfielder spent most of the 2011 season with Toronto FC after being traded to the Reds from the New York Red Bulls. The speedster should add some quality depth to Jay Heaps’ roster. Last year, he made the league minimum ($42,000), one should expect him to get a small bump in pay with the Revs.
Chivas USA selected journeyman Arturo Alvarez next in the draft. This was certainly the most surprising pick of the first stage as Alvarez made close to $200,000 last year with Real Salt Lake.
Lastly, the Columbus Crew selected defender Carlos Mendes. The veteran defender made $100,000 last year with the Red Bulls and should be a nice pickup for the Crew.