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Seattle ponders its player options
by Ridge Mahoney, November 26th, 2008 7AM
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[MLS] If there's an MLS expansion draft on a Wednesday, somebody must be working late in Northern California on Tuesday night. The offices of Match Analysis in Emeryville is where Seattle Sounders FC president Adrian Hanauer and technical director Chris Henderson spent the entire day and much of the night in preparation for the MLS expansion draft to be conducted Wednesday starting at 1 p.m. ET. Soccer America's Ridge Mahoney looks at likely Seattle picks. ...

'We plan on being here for a while," said Henderson on his cell phone Tuesday afternoon.

Hanauer and Henderson are handling the selection duties in lieu of a head coach. Seattle has pored over the qualifications of more than a dozen candidates and interviewed a handful.

Technically it is prohibited from speaking directly with Crew coach Sigi Schmid, whose contract doesn't expire until Sunday. Since the Crew's operator-investor, Hunt Sports Group, has refused to speak with anyone other than Schmid in contract discussions, one wonders how Seattle can make any real headway until Schmid's current deal expires Sunday.

Schmid and HSG resumed negotiations Monday, a day after Columbus won its first MLS Cup by beating New York, 3-1. In any case, the expansion draft won't wait, and to beef up their knowledge of what's available on the teams' non-protected lists, Hanauer and Henderson are following the same procedure as last year's expansion team, San Jose.

Quakes coach Frank Yallop and general manager John Doyle pored over Match Analysis data long into the night last year and one of the revelations they spotted in the MA data was how seldom midfieldere Ivan Guerrero, then with Chicago, lost possession. They used one of their picks on Guerrero and though they later traded him to D.C. United when Darren Huckerby became available, Guerrero stepped in to shore up the left side of D.C.'s midfield. All of the MLS teams except Toronto FC use Match Analysis, as do many of the nation's top college programs.

In 2007, TFC eventually traded every one of the 10 players it took in the expansion draft. That hasn't worked out so well.

Already signed by Seattle are Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg, U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, forward Sebastien Le Toux, and midfielder Sanna Nyassi, brother of Revs' second-year player Sainey Nyassi. The club is discussing deals with several members of the USL-1 Sounders team, and is expected to sign at least a half-dozen of them to MLS contracts.

By position, here's a rundown on what the NP lists have to offer. Seattle has only 10 picks and no team can lose more than one player in the draft. It has already used its DP slot on Ljungberg but could certainly trade for another one, especially since it also holds the No. 1 pick in the 2009 SuperDraft. The FieldTurf surface at Qwest Field is a variable.

Goalkeeper - Keller has the No. 1 jersey and so Seattle could wait for the SuperDraft to get a college keeper or trade for a protected one. It could grab a solid keeper like Tony Caig (Houston) or Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA) and pick a college keeper for the No. 3. Or how about taking Louis Crayton (D.C. United) and trading him back?

Defenders - There are some good options for the back line. Outside back Brandon Prideaux (Chicago) is from Seattle and central defender Tyson Wahl (Kansas City) showed signs of getting to grips with MLS in the second half of the season. Chris Tierney (New England) is a very promising left back and Wade Barrett (Houston) is among the league's best at that position. Jose Burciaga (Colorado) is looking to move on.

Midfielders - Unless H&H have their eyes on an international player, passing up Terry Cooke (Colorado) to run the right side would seem to be irresistible. Few players in the league can get a cross in like Cooke. If Ljungberg, as planned, mans the middle, he and Cooke would be a good pairing. He could also be traded back.

An experienced stud like Chris Klein (Los Angeles) would add some savvy. Crew central mids Brad Evans and Adam Moffat aren't bad choices, and neither is the versatile and dependable Richard Mulrooney. A wild stab on Marcelo Gallardo (D.C. United) would certainly liven up the proceedings.

Forwards - Supposedly Nate Jaqua is bound for Seattle from Houston but that might involve a trade (perhaps for allocation money, of which Seattle is flush with about $1.2 million to start with) rather than a straightforward expansion selection. There aren't a lot of front players available, though Wells Thompson (New England) wouldn't be the worst pick in the world. Kenny Deuchar (Real Salt Lake) or Tom McManus (Colorado) could add some prowess in the air.

AVAILABLE PLAYERS FOR MLS EXPANSION DRAFT
(Seattle Sounders FC)


Chivas USA
Chiles, Kraig
Curtin, Jim
Ebert, Eric
Ferreira, Dejair
Flores, Jorge
Hamilton, Anthony
Kennedy, Dan
Mayen, Gerson
Nurse, Roberto
Paladini, Daniel
Parker, Lance
Razov, Ante
Savage, Keith
Suarez, Claudio
Talley, Carey
Thornton, Zach
Vaughn, Lawson
Victorine, Sasha
Wicky, Raphael
Zotinca, Alex


Chicago Fire
Banner, Michael
Brown, C.J.
Carr, Calen
Frankowski, Tomasz
Herron, Andy
Kasiguran, Kai
Kettering, Tyler
King, Stephen
Lowry, Peter
Marmol, Lider
Noble, Nick
Pappa, Marco Pablo
Prideaux, Brandon
Washington, Austin
Woolard, Daniel

Colorado Rapids
Burciaga, Jose
Burpo, Preston
Cooke, Terry
Dalby, Greg
DiRaimondo, John
Erpen, Facundo
Grazier, Brian
Harvey, Jordan
Hughes, Justin
Keel, Stephen
Kimura, Kosuke
McManus, Tom
Petke, Mike
Sarkodie, Kwame
Ward, Tim
Zambrano, Cesar

Columbus Crew
Burns, Kevin
Elenio, Cory
Evans, Brad
Garey, Jason
Gaven, Eddie
Gruenebaum, Andy
Josten, George
Junge, Ryan
Lenhart, Steven
Miglioranzi, Stefani
Moffat, Adam
Noonan, Pat
Nyazamba, Stanley
Oughton, Duncan
Peterson, Andrew
Pierre-Louis, Ricardo
Plotkin, Brian
Schoeni, Kenny

FC Dallas
Burse, Ray
Daniels, Andrew
Davino, Duilio
Dello-Russo, Michael
Pitchkolan, Aaron
Rowland, Jeff
Sikora, Victor
Wadsworth, Spencer
Wagenfuhr, David
Watson, Jamie
Wileman, Chase

D.C. United
Carroll, Jeff
Carroll, Pat
Cordeiro, Ryan
Crayton, Louis
Doe, Francis
Dyachenko, Rod
Gallardo, Marcelo
Kirk, Quavas
Koroma, Ibrahim
Martinez, Gonzalo
Mediate, Domenic
Miller, Ryan
Olsen, Ben
Peralta, Gonzalo
Thompson, Craig
Thorpe, James
Vide, Joseph
Wells, Zach
Zaher, Michael

Houston Dynamo
Alcaraz, Johnny
Ashe, Corey
Barrett, Wade
Brown, Kyle
Caig, Tony
Chabala, Michael
Hatzke, Nick
Hayden, John Michael
Ianni, Patrick
Jaqua, Nate
Mulrooney, Richard
Onstad, Pat
Ustruck, Erik
Waibel, Craig
Waller, Corbin
Wondolowski, Chris
Wondolowski, Stephen

Kansas City Wizards
Hartman, Kevin
Hohlbein, Aaron
Kraus, Michael
Kronberg, Eric
Marquess, Matt
McKenzie, Rauwshan
Morsink, Kurt
Pardo, Boris
Pizarro, Nelson
Pore, Ryan
Thompson, Abe
Trujillo, Ivan
Wahl, Tyson
Watson, Lance

Los Angeles Galaxy
Adzemian, Vardan
Alamo, Charles
Allen, Ely
Barlow, Jeremy
Cronin, Steve
Dominguez, Eduardo
Franchino, Joe
Gavin, Michael
Kirovski, Jovan
Klein, Chris
Munoz, Mike
Randolph, Michael
Saunders, Josh
Tudela, Josh
Vagenas, Peter
Valentin, Julian
Wicks, Josh

New England Revolution
Angulo, Jose
Badilla, Gabriel
Brill, Samuel
Flood, Gary
Germanese, Joe
Knighton, Brad
Manzonelli, Brandon
Matamoros, Mauricio
Phelan, Pat
Smith, Khano
Thompson, Wells
Tierney, Chris
Tyler, Brandon
Warren, Doug
Zapata, Argenis Fernandez

New York Red Bulls
Borman, Danleigh
Echeverry, Oscar
Gilkerson, John
Jimenez, Diego
Kljestan, Gordon
Leitch, Chris
Magee, Mike
Mbuta, Andongcho
Mendes, Carlos
Palacio, Michael
Parke, Jeff
Patterson, Caleb
Pietravallo, Juan
Roth, David
Touray, Sainey
Wolyniec, John

Real Salt Lake
Besagno, Nik
Cutler, Kenny
Deuchar, Kenneth
Horst, David
Joy, Ian
Kirby, Dustin
Kovalenko, Dema
Mathis, Clint
Nunez, Tino
Reiman, Kevin
Reynish, Kyle
Sturgis, Nathan
Tennelle, Brennan
Williams, Andy

San Jose Earthquakes
Arce, Miguel
Ayres, Jay Michael
Cunliffe, John
Denton, Eric
Ghebru, Michael
Glinton, Gavin
Grabavoy, Ned
Gray, Kelly
Gustavson, Michael
Hatzke, Matt
O'Brien, Ronnie
Riley, James
Roberts, Jamil
Smarte, Adam
Somma, Davide

Toronto FC
Attakora-Gyan, Nana
Elkinson, Kilian
Freeman, Hunter
Gala, Gabe
Gaudet, Derek
Melo, Joey
Ricketts, Rohan
Rosenlund, Tyler
Ruiz, Carlos
Smith, Jarrod
Smith, Johann
Sutton, Greg
Velez, Marco



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