Just as in last year’s Re-Entry Draft, the 2012 stage two round went fast and furious with loads of surprising picks all around. Some clubs passed on selecting anyone at all while the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes went a couple rounds deep to pick up depth for the 2013 season.
2012 RE-ENTRY DRAFT STAGE 2 / ROUND 1
1. Toronto FC – DF Danny Califf
2. Los Angeles Galaxy – MF Colin Clark
3. Portland Timbers – PASS
4. New England Revolution – FW Chad Barrett
5. Philadelphia Union – FW Conor Casey
6. Colorado Rapids – MF Eric Avila
7. FC Dallas – DF Stephen Keel
8. Montreal Impact – PASS
9. Columbus Crew – PASS
10. Vancouver Whitecaps – FW Paulo Jr.
11. Chicago Fire – PASS
12. Real Salt Lake – MF Lovel Palmer
13. NY Red Bulls – PASS
14. Sporting Kansas City – PASS
15. San Jose Earthquakes – DF Dan Gargan
16. Seattle Sounders – PASS
17. D.C. United – MF John Thorrington
18. Houston Dynamo – PASS
19. Chivas USA – PASS
1. Toronto FC – PASS
2. LA Galaxy – GK Will Hesmer
3. New England Revolution – DF Hunter Freeman
4. Philadelphia Union – PASS
5. Colorado Rapids – PASS
6. FC Dallas – PASS
7. Vancouver Whitecaps -- PASS
8. Real Salt Lake – PASS
9. San Jose Earthquakes – DF Ty Harden
10. D.C. United – PASS
1. LA Galaxy – PASS
2. New England Revolution – PASS
3. San Jose Earthquakes – DF Bryan Jordan
1. San Jose Earthquakes – PASS
A couple of quick thoughts on these picks:
- LA definitely did well again this season. Picking up Clarke and Hesmer were good picks by Bruce Arena after he traded up to the second spot in the draft from Chivas USA.
- San Jose went for defensive depth and for good reason too. Jordon and Harden can both play on the outside, an area that San Jose needs depth going into a busy 2013 season.
- A couple of nice underrated moves include Dallas getting Steven Keel and D.C. United taking John Thorrington. Both are quiet and nice additions to those teams.
- Philadelphia didn’t mess around by selecting Conor Casey. I see that as a good move as he’ll pair nicely with Sebastien Le Toux.
- Danny Califf going to Toronto makes sense for the Reds. Apparently he is already close to officially signing with them.
- Not sure what to make of New England’s two picks. Freeman is a nice veteran to have in the defense but Chad Barrett is overseas at the moment.