All in one place: Offseason MLS roster moves

MLS clubs who are out of the playoffs -- 18 of 22 teams -- had until noon on Monday to make decisions on players who they'll keep on their rosters for the 2018 season and whose contract options they won't exercise.

These moves come ahead of the league's "player mechanisms" that follow MLS Cup, the Waiver Draft and Re-Entry Drafts (two stages), plus Expansion Draft (for LAFC). In addition, players meeting seniority requirements will be eligible for MLS free agency.

Some of the many players whose contracts weren't picked will return to their clubs but at reduced salaries.

ATLANTA UNITED.
The Five Stripes declined options on seven players, including veteran T&T striker Kenwyne Jones, and Tyrone Mears, who started 16 games after winning MLS Cup 2016 with Seattle. Also not retained: goalkeeper Alex Tambakis; defenders Mark Bloom and Zach Loyd, midfielder Harrison Heath and forward Jeffrey Otoo. Contracts with goalkeeper Kyle Reynish and defender Bobby Boswell expired. Atlanta is still talking with Jeff Larentowicz.

2018 Atlanta United roster:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, *Alec Kann.
Defenders: *Mikey Ambrose, **George Bello, Michael Parkhurst, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Miles Robinson.
Midfielders: Miguel Almiron, Andrew Carleton, Carlos Carmona, Chris Goslin, *Julian Gressel, Kevin Kratz, Chris McCann, *Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu.
Forwards: **Lagos Kunga, Josef Martinez, **Patrick Okonkwo, Jacob Peterson, Brandon Vazquez, Hector Villalba, *Romario Williams.
*2018 options picked up.
**2018 Homegrown signings.


Kenwyne Jones (Photo courtesy of Atlanta United).

CHICAGO. No report.

COLORADO. The  Rapids declined the options on six players: goalkeeper John Berner, defenders Dennis Castillo and Mekeil Williams, midfielders Joshua Gatt and Mohammed Saeid and forward Alan Gordon. Veteran defender Bobby Burling is out of contract, while the club did not exercise its option to purchase midfielder Luis Gil’s contract, still held by Mexican club Queretaro.
 
2018 Colorado Rapids roster:
Goalkeepers: Tim Howard, Zac MacMath.
Defenders: Mike da Fonte, Kortne Ford, *Eric Miller, Axel Sjoberg, *Jared Watts.
Midfielders: Micheal Azira, Johan Blomberg, Nana Boateng, Shkelzen Gashi, Marlon Hairston, Sam Hamilton, Ricardo Perez, Dillon Serna
Forwards: Stefan Aigner, Dominique Badji, Caleb Calvert.
*2018 options picked up.

COLUMBUS. Still in playoffs.
 
FC DALLAS. As many as 11 players may not be returning to FC Dallas in 2018. Hernan Grana, a 2017 MLS All-Star, was among eight players whose options were not exercised. His loan and that of Luis Gonzalez and Carlos Cermeno weren't picked up. Also gone: Eduardo Cortes, Aaron Guillen, Atiba Harris, Walker Hume and Javier Morales. The options of Coy Craft and Maynor Figueroa also were not exercised but FC Dallas is working on retaining them. Goalkeeper Chris Seitz, who is out of contract, and Harris are eligible for MLS free agency.

2018 FC Dallas roster:
Goalkeepers: Jesse Gonzalez.
Defenders: Reggie Cannon, Anibal Chala, Matt Hedges, *Ryan Hollingshead, *Walker Zimmerman.
Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta, Michael Barrios, *Mauro Diaz, Carlos Gruezo, *Jacori Hayes, Roland Lamah, Paxton Pomykal, Adonijah Reid, *Victor Ulloa.
Forwards: *Tesho Akindele, Cristian Colman, Jesus Ferreira, Bryan Reynolds, Maxi Urruti.
*2018 options picked up.

D.C. UNITED. No report.

HOUSTON. Still in playoffs.

LA GALAXY. Last in MLS after reaching the playoffs eight straight seasons and winning MLS Cups in 2011, 2012 and 2014, the Galaxy gutted its roster. Among the players whose contract options weren't picked up is midfielder Jermaine Jones. Also gone were all three keepers Jon Kempin, Brian Rowe and Clement Diop, who is battling for a spot on Senegal's World Cup team. Others gone after having their options declined were defender Pele Van Anholt and Bradley Diallo, midfielder Rafael Garcia and Jose Villarreal, Jack McBean, Raul Mendiola, Jaime Villarreal and Nathan Smith, all former Homegrown players. Former England World Cup defender Ashley Cole and midfielder Baggio Husidic are free agents.

2018 LA Galaxy roster:
Defenders: Hugo Arellano, Michael Ciani, *Dave Romney, *Daniel Steres.
Midfielders: Romain Alessandrini, *Emmanuel Boateng, Jonathan dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget, Joao Pedro.
Forwards: Giovani dos Santos, *Bradford Jamieson IV, *Ariel Lassiter, Gyasi Zardes.
*2018 options picked up.


Ashley Cole (Photo by Empire State Realty Trust)

MINNESOTA UNITED. The expansion Loons declined contract options on midfielders Bernardo Anor and Ismaila Jome and defenders Justin Davis, Thomas de Villardi, Joe Greenspan, Jermaine Taylor and Kevin Venegas. Goalkeeper Patrick McLain is out of contract. Forward Brandon Allen returned to New York Red Bulls, who did not pick up his option.

2018 Minnesota United roster:
Goalkeepers: Alex Kapp, *Bobby Shuttleworth.
Defenders: Michael Boxall, Marc Burch, Francisco Calvo, Vadim Demidov, *Brent Kallman, Jerome Thiesson.
Midfielders: *Ibson, Sam Cronin, Ethan Finlay, Miguel Ibarra, Jose Leiton (on loan from Herediano through July 10, 2018), *Collin Martin, Kevin Molino, Sam Nicholson, Rasmus Schuller, Collen Warner, *Johan Venegas.
Forwards: Abu Danladi, Christian Ramirez.
*2018 options picked up.

MONTREAL. Captain Patrice Bernier retired at the end of the season and will join the Impact Academy in January. Free agent Ambroise Oyongo received a contract offer but will likely move overseas. Options not picked up on defender Shaun Francis and midfielder Andres Romero, while the contracts of goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, defender Hassoun Camara and midfielder Hernan Bernardello have expired. Chris Duvall is currently without a contract but has received a contract offer from the Impact.

2018 Montreal Impact roster:
Goalkeeper:  *Evan Bush, Maxime Crepeau,*James Pantemis
Defenders: Deian Boldor, Victor Cabrera, Laurent Ciman, *Kyle Fisher, Wandrille Lefevre, *Daniel Lovitz.
Midfielders: Louis Beland-Goyette, *David Choiniere, Marco Donadel, **Thomas Meilleur-Giguere, Ignacio Piatti, Samuel Piette, *Michael Salazar, Shamit Shome, Ballou Tabla.
Forwards: *Nick DePuy, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Matteo Mancosu, Dominic Oduro.
Note: Blerim Dzemaili will return after loan from Bologna, which expires on Dec. 31, is renewed for the 2018 season.
*2018 options picked up.
**2018 Homegrown signings.

NEW ENGLAND. The Revs did not pick up options on seven players -- defenders Benjamin Angoua, Donnie Smith, Josh Smith, Je-Vaughn Watson and London Woodberry, midfielder Xavier Kouassi and forward Brian Wright -- and four others are out of contract -- keeper Brad Knighton, who is eligible for MLS free agency, defender Andrew Farrell, midfielder Daigo Kobayashi and forward Teal Bunbury. Gershon Koffie is headed back to Hammarby in Sweden.

2018 New England Revolution roster:
Goalkeeper: *Cody Cropper, *Matt Turner.
Defenders: Antonio Delamea, Claude Dielna, *Chris Tierney,
Midfielders: *Scott Caldwell, *Zachary Herivaux, Lee Nguyen, *Kelyn Rowe
Forwards: *Juan Agudelo, Diego Fagundez, *Femi Hollinger-Janzen, *Kei Kamara, Krisztian Nemeth.
*2018 options picked up.

NEW YORK CITY FC.  NYCFC did not exercise the contracts of 11 players, including three who started in the MLS playoffs: Frederic Brillant, Andraz Struna and Ethan White. Also gone: RJ Allen, Miguel Camargo, Shannon Gomez, Eirik Johansen, Mikey Lopez, Jefferson Mena, Sean Okoli and John Stertzer. In addition, Italian star Andrea Pirlo announced his retirement after the 2017 season.

2018 New York City FC roster:
Goalkeepers: Sean Johnson, *Andre Rawls
Defenders: Maxime Chanot, Alexander Callens, James Sands, *Ben Sweat, *Ronald Matarrita
Midfielders: Alex Ring, *Kwame Awuah, Yangel Herrera, Maxi Moralez, Tommy McNamara
Forwards: David Villa, Jack Harrison, Rodney Wallace, Jonathan Lewis, *Khiry Shelton.
*2018 options picked up.

NEW YORK RED BULLS. The Red Bulls exercised contract options on eight players -- including Panamanian international Michael Amir Murillo, whose transfer from San Francisco FC in Panama was completed -- and declined the options of 10 other players. The most notable: DP Gonzalo Veron. Also gone defenders Sal Zizzo and Gideon Baah, midfielders Mike Grella, Dilly Duka, Dan Metzger, Arun Basuljevic, Vince Bezecourt and Zeiko Lewis and forward Brandon Allen. French defender Damien Perrinelle's contract expired at the end of 2017.

2018 New York Red Bulls roster:
Goalkeepers
: *Evan Louro, Ryan Meara, Luis Robles.
Defenders:
Aurelien Collin, Fidel Escobar (on loan), *Connor Lade, Kemar Lawrence, *Aaron Long, *Michael Amir Murillo, Hassan Ndam
Midfielders: Tyler Adams, *Sean Davis, *Derrick Etienne, Jr., Felipe, Muhamed Keita, *Sacha Kljestan, Alex Muyl, *Danny Royer
Forwards: Bradley Wright-Phillips, Anatole Abang (out on loan)
*2018 options picked up.

ORLANDO CITY. Kaka is a free agent and will not to return in 2018, while Antonio Nocerino and Giles Barnes also won't be back after having their options declined. The contract options for goalkeeper Josh Saunders defenders Seb Hines and Conor Donovan; midfielders Servando Carrasco and Dillon Powers and forward Hadji Barry were not exercised. The contracts of defenders Kevin Alston and Devron Garcia expired.

2018 Orlando City roster:

Goalkeepers: Joe Bendik, *Earl Edwards, Jr., Mason Stajduhar.
Defenders: José Aja, PC, *Rafael Ramos, *Tommy Redding, Scott Sutter, Jonathan Spector, Donny Toia.
Midfielders: Pierre Da Silva, *Cristian Higuita, Will Johnson, Richie Laryea, *Tony Rocha, Yoshimar Yotun.
Forwards: *Dom Dwyer, *Cyle Larin, *Carlos Rivas.
*2018 options picked up.

PHILADELPHIA. The Union declined the contract options of former U.S. World Cup players Oguchi Onyewu and Maurice Edu and seven other players: defenders Aaron Jones, Ken Tribbett and Giliano Wijnaldum; midfielders Roland Alberg, Fabian Herbers and Ilsinho and forward Charlie Davies. Defender Fabinho and midfielder Chris Pontius (MLS free agent) are both out of contract.
 
2018 Philadelphia Union roster:
Goalkeepers: *Andre Blake, *John McCarthy, *Jake McGuire.
Defenders: *Jack Elliott, *Raymon Gaddis, *Keegan Rosenberry, Richie Marquez, Auston Trusty, Josh Yaro
Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya, *Warren Creavalle, *Marcus Epps, Anthony Fontana, Haris Medunjanin,  *Derrick Jones, *Adam Najem, *Fafa Picault.
Forwards: Eric Ayuk (on loan to Jonkopings Södra IF), CJ Sapong, Jay Simpson.
*2018 options picked up.

PORTLAND. The Timbers dd not exercise the option on Jamaican forward Darren Mattocks, but remain in discussions with him for 2018. New Zealand international Bill Tuiloma was extended a bona fide offer after his option was not picked up. Amobi Okugo was the other player not extended a new contract. Midfielder Ben Zemanski is out of contract and will be eligible for MLS free agency.

2018 Portland Timbers roster:
Goalkeepers: *Jeff Attinella, Jake Gleeson, *Kendall McIntosh.
Defenders: Vytas, Gbenga Arokoyo, Rennico Clarke, Marco Farfan, Larrys Mabiala, Roy Miller, Chance Myers, Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell, *Zarek Valentin.
Midfielders: *Dairon Asprilla, *Jack Barmby, Sebastian Blanco, Diego Chara, David Guzman, Lucas Melano (on loan to Estudiantes de La Plata), Darlington Nagbe, Lawrence Olum, Diego Valeri.
Forwards: Fanendo Adi, Victor Arboleda, Jeremy Ebobisse.
*2018 options picked up.

REAL SALT LAKE. Longtime U.S. national team players Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando and Chris Wingert, another RSL veteran, will be out of contract and eligible for MLS free agency in the offseason. U.S. U-20 forward Brooks Lennon's loan from Liverpool will expire at the end of the year. Additionally, RSL declined the contract options of goalkeeper Matt VanOekel, defenders Chris Schuler, Reagan Dunk and Justin Schmidt, midfielder Omar Holness and forwards Chad Barrett and Ricardo Velazco. RSL recently exercised the purchase option on young Venezuelan forward Jefferson Savarino.

2018 Real Salt Lake roster:
Goalkeepers: Connor Sparrow.
Defenders: Danilo Acosta, Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, *David Horst, Demar Phillips, Marcelo Silva.
Midfielders: Nick Besler, Jose Hernandez, *Luke Mulholland, Albert Rusnak, *Sebastian Saucedo, *Sunny.
Forwards: Jordan Allen, Yura Movsisyan, Joao Plata, Jefferson Savarino, Luis Silva
*2018 options picked up.

SAN JOSE. The Earthquakes will not exercise options on seven players: defenders Victor Bernardez and Kip Colvey, midfielders Cordell Cato, Lindo Mfeka, Marc Pelosi and Matheus Silva and forward Danny Hoesen. Three players -- goalkeeper David Bingham and defenders Andres Imperiale and Kofi Sarkodie -- are on under contract for 2018.

2018 San Jose Earthquakes roster:
Goalkeepers: *Matt Bersano, *Andrew Tarbell
Defenders: Francois Affolter, Harold Cummings, Florian Jungwirth, Nick Lima.
Midfielders: *Fatai Alashe, *Darwin Ceren, Simon Dawkins, *Anibal Godoy, Jahmir Hyka, Shea Salinas, Tommy Thompson, Vako, Jackson Yueill.
Forwards: Quincy Amarikwa, Marco Urena, Chris Wondolowski.
*2018 options picked up.



SEATTLE. Still in playoffs.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY. Sporting KC didn't exercise contract options on four players --  forward Cameron Iwasa, midfielder Soni Mustivar, midfielder Kevin Oliveira and defender Tyler Pasher -- while Cameron Porter and defender Erik Palmer-Brown are now out of contract with Sporting KC. Sporting KC retains the MLS rights to Palmer-Brown, who has signed with Manchester City.

2018 Sporting KC roster:
Goalkeepers: *Andrew Dykstra, *Tim Melia, *Adrian Zendejas.
Defenders: *Saad Abdul-Salaam, Matt Besler, *Amer Didic, Kevin Ellis, **Jaylin Lindsey, *Ike Opara, Seth Sinovic, *Colton Storm, Graham Zusi.
Midfielders: *Roger Espinoza, Benny Feilhaber, Ilie, Cristian Lobato, Jimmy Medranda, *James Musa.
Forwards: *Kharlton Belmar, Latif Blessing, Gianluca Busio, Gerso, Diego Rubio, Soony Saad, *Daniel Salloi.
*2018 options picked up.

TORONTO FC. Still in playoffs.

VANCOUVER. Veteran goalkeeper David Ousted, Costa Rican midfielder Christian Bolanos Argentine DP Matias Laba were among the 12 players whose contracts were not picked up. Also not re-signed were defenders David Edgar, Cole Seiler, Sheanon Williams, midfielders Marco Bustos, Nosa Igiebor, Ben McKendry, Mauro Rosales, Russell Teibert, as well as striker Kyle Greig. Defender Jordan Harvey and midfielder Andrew Jacobson are eligible for free agency, while striker Fredy Montero, who finished his one-year loan, is slated to return to Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda. Vancouver coach Carl Robinson said the 'Caps were still talking with players not under contract for 2018, including Ousted, Bolanos, Laba and Montero.

2018 Vancouver Whitecaps roster:
Goalkeepers: Stefan Marinovic, Spencer Richey (on loan with FC Cincinnati through December 31, 2018).
Defenders: *Sam Adekugbe, *Marcel de Jong, *Brett Levis, Aaron Maund, *Jake Nerwinski, *Tim Parker, *Kendall Waston.
Midfielders: Alphonso Davies, Deybi Flores (on loan with Motagua through June 30, 2018), Aly Ghazal, Nicolas Mezquida, Yordy Reyna, *Tony Tchani, Cristian Techera
Forwards: Erik Hurtado, Bernie Ibini, Brek Shea.
*2018 options picked up.

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1 comment about "All in one place: Offseason MLS roster moves".
  1. beautiful game, November 29, 2017 at 10:07 a.m.

    Timbers continue to see something in Asprilla, when in fact, he brings nothing to the table except physicality and little more.

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