Veterans in demand as Re-Entry Draft concludes

Stage 2 of the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft offered up fair doses of everything, as did the eight selections.

Montreal and San Jose opted for experience on the back line by claiming Bakary Soumare (formerly of Chicago) and Marvell Wynne (Colorado), respectively. Soumare, who played five of his seven MLS seasons for Chicago in separate stints, was chosen with the first pick by Montreal, and the Quakes, who had lost veteran defender Jason Hernandez in the Expansion Draft, took Wynne, who was taken by the New York Red Bulls with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 SuperDraft and won an MLS Cup with the Rapids in 2010, with the second overall pick. The Quakes also grabbed winger Sanna Nyassi (Chicago) to augment their attacking options after letting the contract of Atiba Harris expire. Harris was claimed by one of his former teams, FC Dallas.

Houston joined San Jose by making two selections: former Galaxy II striker Chandler Hoffman and veteran midfielder Nathan Sturgis, who joins his eighth MLS team of a pro career that began with the Galaxy in 2006. Another ex-Galaxy player, forward Tristan Bowen, went to New England. He was the MLS's first Homegrown player, signed by the Galaxy in November 2008, and then played for Chivas USA and Seattle.

Orlando City closed out the first round by taking goalkeeper Josh Ford, an ex-Sounder backup who has yet to play in an MLS match.

Just three players -- Sporting Kansas City goalkeepers, Eric Kronberg (Montreal) and Andy Gruenebaum (San Jose) and Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley (Toronto FC) -- had been taken in Stage 1.

Teams have seven days to present bona fide offers to these players – exactly what bona fide means in this case isn’t stipulated in the rules and regulations published on the league’s Web site – and if the two sides cannot reach an agreement, the drafting team retains a right of first refusal. (Out of contract players taken in Stage 1 must receive a Bona Fide Offer worth at least 105 percent of the salary in the last year of their expired contract.)

Between Stage 1 and Stage 2, six players -- Brian Mullan (Colorado), Brian Carroll (Philadelphia), Aaron Maund (Real Salt Lake), Jeremy Hall (Toronto FC), Carlyle Mitchell and Mauro Rosales (both Vancouver) -- opted out of the Re-Entry Draft. Rosales has already re-signed with the Whitecaps, while Hall was traded from TFC to New England for a draft pick.

The 45 players not taken in Stage 2 are available to all teams first-come, first-served.
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