- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 17, 2012
- 0 Comments
- 2011 MLS Expansion Draft, Brian Ching
Now that the Brian Ching saga is over and done with we can now look back on what the Montreal Impact probably should have done instead of playing the hardball game with Ching and the Houston Dynamo.
Obviously getting just a conditional draft pick* isn’t bad but for the most part it wasn’t what Montreal and their fans would have expected in return for a player like Ching.
(* it could turn into a first round SuperDraft pick IF Ching appears in 20 games)
I would think you can expect the Impact to think twice before going down this road again considering the fact that they own the top spot in the 2012 Allocation Order.
Anyways, below is a list of players that the Impact probably should have taken a better look at in hindsight over Ching. Feel free to add your thoughts below. (Note this list is in no certain order)
1. Daniel Paladini (Chicago Fire) – A solid midfielder that many thought would be taken in this draft.
2. Blake Brettschneider (DC United) – A decent up and coming forward that could have probably seen decent minutes under Jesse Marsch. (And yes, they can still have him now that he is a free agent)
3. Bobby Warshaw (FC Dallas) – A tireless worker that would have been slotted into the defense or defensive part of the midfield for Marsch on day one.
4. Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy) – I’m still very shocked he got passed over by Montreal. Stephens should be competing for minutes with the Olympic team this summer. Would have been a starter in year one for the Impact.
5. Eric Alexander (Portland Timbers) – Another guy I really expected to be taken by the Impact. I’ve seen him enough over the years here in Dallas to know he has the ability to be a solid player for any club.