[MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT] Los Angeles selected six players, including two of its own players from the roster that won MLS Cup last month, in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft conducted Monday.
Chicago and New England also selected multiple players, but the Galaxy by itself accounted for one-half of the 12 selections made by five teams. Once all other teams have passed, a team can select players from its own team. In the latter phase, the Galaxy re-claimed defenders Frankie Hejduk and Dasan Robinson, after it had already picked centerback Andrew Boyens (Chivas USA), right back Chris Leitch (San Jose), goalie Jon Conway (Chicago), and attacker Pat Noonan (Seattle).
Teams were ranked in reverse order of their 2011 finish. Seattle swung a late trade to acquire the No. 1 pick from Vancouver and used it to grab D.C. United defender/midfielder Marc Burch. New England picked forward Nate Jaqua, and in the next move Chicago claimed Revs attacker Kheli Dube. Colorado made the first of its two selections by taking Fire midfielder Baggio Husidic, and LA claimed Boyens with the 18th pick. Expansion Montreal passed to close out the initial phase.
New England (Clyde Simms/D.C. United) and Colorado (Hunter Freeman/Houston) were the only teams besides the Galaxy to pick in the second round, and after that it was LA all the way.
Teams have seven days to negotiate a contract with a player taken in Stage 2. If no agreement is reached, the player’s rights revert to his 2011 club. Players not selected in either Stage 1 or Stage 2 are free to negotiate with any team.
In Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft conducted last week, only three players were chosen: Arturo Alvarez (Chivas USA), Danleigh Borman (New England) and Carlos Mendes (Columbus). Alvarez and Borman were out of contract and have been offered bona fide deals, as per league regulations. If they do not agree to terms, the clubs that claimed them retain their rights within MLS.
The Crew picked up the option on Mendes’ contract and he has been added to the Columbus roster.
MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage 2
Seattle -- Marc Burch (D.C. United)
New England – Nate Jaqua (Seattle)
Chicago – Kheli Dube (New England).
Colorado – Baggio Husidic (Chicago).
Los Angeles – Andrew Boyens (Chivas USA)
New England -- Clyde Simms (D.C. United)
Colorado – Hunter Freeman (Houston)
Los Angeles – Chris Leitch (San Jose)
Los Angeles – Pat Noonan (Seattle)
Los Angeles – Jon Conway (Chicago)
Los Angeles – Frankie Hejduk (Los Angeles)
Los Angeles – Dasan Robinson (Los Angeles).