Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Only three picked in Re-Entry Draft Stage 1
by Ridge Mahoney, December 5th, 2011 5:53PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Confidential

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

By Ridge Mahoney

As was the case last year when it was first utilized, Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft didn’t trigger much action. Of the more than 50 eligible players available, only three were taken.

Red Bull defender Carlos Mendes and ex-teammate Danleigh Borman (Toronto FC) were claimed by Columbus and New England, respectively, and Real Salt Lake attacker Arturo Alvarez has been nabbed by Chivas USA.

The contracts of Borman and Alvarez were about to expire, so they will be tendered Bona Fide offers as per their ages and years of service in the league (see below). Mendes’ contract option was declined by New York, so by picking him in Stage 1 the Crew is obligated to pay him the salary stipulated in his contract for 2012.

Though Borman and Alvarez are only a year apart in age, they are far apart in years of service in MLS. Yet both are classified as players
at least 25 years of age with at least four seasons of MLS experience. As such, they must be offered a contract worth at least as much as the
salary they earned in 2011.

If Alvarez, 26, were 30 or older, his Bona Fide offer would have to be worth at least 105 percent of his 2011 deal, since he meets the minimum of eight seasons in the league (since 2003). In this situation, he’s no better off than Borman, 25, who joined MLS in 2008, despite playing in MLS since 2003.

MLS instituted the Re-Entry Draft a year ago as a condition of the collective bargaining agreement negotiated in the spring of 2010. In Stage 1 last year only two players, Joseph Ngwenya and Aaron Holbein, were selected. Eleven more players were picked in Stage 2, which allows clubs and players to negotiate deals irrespective of prior contract terms.

Players who meet the following conditions are eligible for the Re-Entry Draft:

* Players who are at least 23 years old and have a minimum of three years of MLS experience whose options were not exercised by their clubs (available at option salary for 2012). Columbus is bound by this requirement to claim Mendes.

* Players who are at least 25 years old with a minimum of four years of MLS experience who are out of contract and whose club does not offer them a contract at their previous salary (available at 2011 salary). Alvarez and Borman fall into this category.

* Players who are at least 30 years old with a minimum of eight years of MLS experience who are out of contract and whose club does not wish to re-sign them (available for at least 105 percent of their 2011 salary). About two dozen players are in this classification and none were selected.

Mendes turns 32 this month but does not have the required eight years’ service in MLS to qualify for the last category. He started his MLS career in 2005.

If a player picked in Stage 1 cannot come to terms, the selecting club retains a right of first refusal. Players not picked in Stage 1 are eligible for Stage 2, or they can opt out of the process and negotiate with their current club.

Several players eligible for Re-Entry, including Joe Cannon and John Thorrington (Vancouver), Shalrie Joseph and Matt Reis (New England), Ante Jazic (Chivas USA), and Bobby Boswell (Houston) opted out of the Re-Entry Draft and have signed new contracts.

MLS will conduct Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft next Monday. It was in this phase last year that veterans such as Juan Pablo Angel, Frankie Hejduk, Jimmy Conrad, Tyrone Marshall, Jeff Cunningham, Cory Gibbs and Josh Wolff changed teams.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Confidential
Michael Bradley: USA prepared 'to tilt the bar in our favor' early against Honduras    
As they train in San Jose for a crucial Hexagonal match against Honduras on Friday, the ...
Next move for Real Salt Lake is the most crucial in a decade    
The history of RSL is one of remarkable stability -- just three head coaches since starting ...
U.S. roster announcement: Bruce Arena's return marked by a singleness of purpose    
Multiply the left-back debate with a few more positions each with several candidates and you'll have ...
Quakes encouraged but not giddy after impressive opener    
Four seasons without playoffs has left the fervent fans in San Jose discouraged, but a ray ...
MLS 1-22: Ranking the teams on the eve of a new season    
Eight different teams have played in the last four MLS Cup finals and last year, 2015 ...
Random thoughts as the MLS season draws near    
The 2017 MLS season starts next Friday, March 3, more than a month earlier than the ...
Walker Zimmerman joins the U.S. centerback pool with solid performance    
Two FC Dallas centerbacks were summoned to the first U.S, camp of 2017 and after Matt ...
Rare USA golazo inspires some hope    
One swallow doesn't make a summer, but the USA delivered something impressive with its goal in ...
Greg Garza, soccer wanderer, finds place to start anew, again    
A long voyage to several continents has led U.S. international Greg Garza to the MLS startup ...
With first Arena game out of the way, U.S. players can re-focus on task at hand    
The message going forward for the U.S, team after it opened 2017 by tying Serbia 0-0 ...
>> Soccer America Confidential Archives