Tuesday, December 10, 2013

12.10.2013: Who Should The Crew Pick Up In The Re-Entry Draft


 

Round 1.)
Round 2.)

 
The Re-Entry Draft process begins this Thursday at 3 pm. There are two rounds. The first round a club that drafts a player has to pay that players option salary for 2014, or offer an out of contract player drafted a new contract. In the second round (Dec. 18, 3 p.m.) a team can negotiate any sort of contract with any player listed.

Here's the draft order for both rounds.
 

1.    D.C. United
2.    Chivas USA
3.    Toronto FC
4.    Columbus Crew
5.    FC Dallas

6.    Philadelphia Union
7.    Vancouver Whitecaps FC
8.    Chicago Fire
9.    San Jose Earthquakes
10.  Montreal Impact
11.  Colorado Rapids
12.  New England Revolution
13.  Seattle Sounders FC
14.  LA Galaxy
15.  New York Red Bulls
16.  Houston Dynamo
17.  Portland Timbers
18.  Real Salt Lake
19.  Sporting Kansas City
 
Since the Re-Entry Draft began in 2010, only 6 players have been selected in the first round. While, most clubs naturally select in the second round (35 players in total since 2010), when a team can re-negotiate with any of the following players.

68 are eligible for 2013's draft and here's the list, with their 2013 pay rates (via here).


Chicago Fire
M Corben Bone ($49,000.00, option declined)
D Shaun Francis ($46,500.00, option declined)
M Joel Lindpere ($205,000.00, option declined)
F Daniel Paladini ($91,103.25, option declined)
M Logan Pause ($197,833.33, option declined)
M Chris Rolfe ($248,333.33, option declined)
F Maicon Santos ($164,433.33, option declined)
M Wells Thompson ($113,125.00, out of contract)
M Michael Videira ($47,125.00, option declined)

Chivas USA
D Ante Jazic ($132,187.50, out of contract)
D Steve Purdy ($80,004.00, option declined)
M Josue Soto ($35,125.00, option declined)


Colorado Rapids
GK Steward Ceus ($70,333.33, option declined)
M Brian Mullan ($170,335.00, option declined)
D Jamie Smith ($46,500.00, option declined)


Columbus Crew
D Danny O’Rourke ($175,000.00, option declined)
M Konrad Warzycha ($46,500.00, option declined)


D.C. United
M Dwayne De Rosario ($645,333.33, option declined)
D James Riley ($145,750.00, option declined)
F Carlos Ruiz ($75,000.00, option declined)
M Marcelo Saragosa ($110,000.00, option declined)
M John Thorrington ($150,000.00, option declined)
D Daniel Woolard (option declined)


FC Dallas
F Kenny Cooper ($342,500.00, option declined)
M David Ferreira ($730,000.00, option declined)
D Ugo Ihemelu ($200,000.00, option declined)


Houston Dynamo
D Bobby Boswell ($220,000.00, out of contract)
M Calen Carr ($94,588.00, out of contract)
D Michael Chabala ($57,508.00, option declined
M Alex Dixon ($54,612.50, option declined)
F Cam Weaver ($108,406.67, option declined)


Los Angeles Galaxy
M Colin Clark ($80,000.00, option declined)
M Laurent Courtois ($46,500.00, option declined)
D Sean Franklin ($248,333.33, option declined)
M Pablo Mastroeni ($200,000.00, out of contract)


 Montréal Impact
M Sinisa Ubiparipovic ($57,750.00, option declined)
 

New England Revolution
D Kevin Alston ($194,000.00, out of contract)
F Chad Barrett ($110,709.17, option declined)
F Ryan Guy ($48,510.00, option declined)
M Clyde Simms ($90,833.33, option declined)
M Juan Toja ($295,000.00, option declined)


New York Red Bulls
F Andre Akpan ($67,595.00, out of contract)
M Brandon Barklage ($67,595.00, option declined)
F Fabián Espindola ($150,000.00, option declined)
GK Kevin Hartman ($54,000.00, option declined, retiring)
D Heath Pearce ($340,736.00, out of contract)

 

Philadelphia Union
D Chris Albright ($75,000.00, out of contract, retiring)


 Portland Timbers
D David Horst ($70,000.00, option declined)
D Ryan Miller (option declined)


Real Salt Lake
M Yordany Álvarez ($46,500, option declined)
M Brandon McDonald ($273,250.00, option declined)
GK Josh Saunders ($95,250.00, option declined)
M Khari Stephenson ($81,958.33, option declined)


Seattle Sounders
D Marc Burch ($75,000.00, option declined)
GK Josh Ford ($46,500.00, option declined)
M Blair Gavin ($35,125.00, option declined)
M Mauro Rosales ($225,000.00, option declined)
M Steve Zakuani ($233,000.00, out of contract)


San Jose Earthquakes
D Nana Attakora ($61,665.00, option declined)
M Mehdi Ballouchy ($152,006.00, out of contract)
M Dan Gargan ($88,000.00, option declined)
GK Evan Newton ($46,500.00, option declined)


Toronto FC
F Justin Braun ($114,700.00, out of contract)
M Bobby Convey ($215,000.00, option declined)

Vancouver Whitecaps
GK Joe Cannon ($189,916.67, option declined, likely to retire)
F Tommy Heinemann ($51,975.00, option declined)
F Corey Hertzog ($60,670.67, option declined)
GK Brad Knighton ($68,600.00, option declined)


The only players that a team should plausibly take in the first round are those out of contract, without an option, highlighted in red.

All other players should be picked up usually in the second round, because their current contract, which will raise, isn't their correct current worth usually.

If you pick up a player in either round, you can keep picking up players until you PASS.

So, first round possible choices..
Big statement choice would be Steve Zakuani (or Sean Franklin, despite having an option declined, if you want to take him off the table). Either player is going to go at some point. I don't think either for the price, solves enough of the Crew's problems.

Another is Kenny Cooper, although I don't think he's worth it in either round, by a long shot.

Strong pickup might be Kevin Alston who is out of contract (or Brandon Barklage, whose option increases his contract but is in the sight lines of a lot of teams and perhaps deserves his option).

The Crew cannot afford to do anything else in the first round, except possibly offer Zakuani a cheaper contract, have him deny it, and then PASS. But, likely three other teams will look to do the same before the Crew, and I don't think Zakuani is the route or the fit for Columbus.

Instead, I would think about picking up an out of contract Kevin Alston, 121 appearances in Major League Soccer at only 25. Pretty decent speed that makes sense with another speed winger in Francis.

Then consider using your ability to pick up another player in the first round by not PASSing, perhaps a Barklage, who has 56 appearances in MLS (28 last year) and I believe deserves his option increase.

Then in the Second round where you can negotiate any contract with any player selected.

By pick four, Sean Franklin and Steve Zakuani are unlikely to be still available in Re-Entry.

But, a player I would pick and try to negotiate down because of injury is Mauro Rosales, who might enjoy playing next to another Argentine in Higuain. If they could get him for around $175,000, wouldn't be bad for a former Ajax, Argentine national.

Rosales usually played in the center for Seattle. Yet played right midfield most of his career and wouldn't be a bad, yet different, replacement for Gaven. Rosales may not be as fast, but is a good choice defensively and creatively. Also, if the Crew would get another speed option at RB like Alston (to match Waylon Francis at LB), that player could overlap.

After picking up those two, if for any reason Brandon Barklage, Chris Rolfe, Joel Lindpere, or James Riley make it to the second round of Round Two, I would try to offer them a much lesser contract. Josue Soto might be a good backup plan for Francis as well. If not then PASS.

--------------------------Greunebaum-----------------------------
Alston-----------Williams--------Marshall-------------Francis
------------------------------Trapp---------------------------------
------------Barklage---------------------Rosales------------------
------------------------------Higuain-------------------------------
-----------------Oduro------------------Sign Striker*-------------

*Or best of current.

Overall, the Crew should look at players like Alston, Barklage, Rosales with experience in MLS and with solid heads on their shoulders. Guys that are not bigger than the team. T
he Crew have enough projects on their 2014 roster, and would do well to get some solid guys with MLS experience in this Re-Entry Draft then looking abroad.

This draft is definitely the place to get MLS veterans (with success in the league) and the Crew could use some.

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