MLS: Re-entry process begins Friday with 66 players available for selection

MLS will hold the first of two drafts in the MLS re-entry process on Friday.

A total of 66 players are eligible for selection in Stage 1 of the draft, which will be conducted at 3 p.m. ET. Stage 2 will be helf next Thursday. Players available include Lawrence Olum, who played four of six playoff games for runner-up Portland.

Players who go into the Re-Entry Draft:

--  Players who are at least 23 years old and have a minimum of three MLS service years whose options were not exercised by their clubs (available at option salary for 2019).
-- 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 wish to re-sign them at their previous salary (available for at least their 2018 salary).
-- Free agents (players who are at least 28 years old and have a minimum of eight MLS service years) who choose to participate.

The selection order is determined by the reverse order of the final 2018 standings, taking into account postseason performance.

Chicago Fire
Jonathan Campbell (Option Decline)
Drew Conner (Option Decline)
Michael De Leeuw (Option Decline)
Christian Dean (Option Decline)
Patrick McLain (Option Decline)
Luis Solignac (Option Decline)
Columbus Crew
Mike Grella (Option Decline)
Adam Jahn (Option Decline)
Colorado Rapids
Giles Barnes (Option Decline)
Enzo Martinez (Option Decline)
Jack McBean (Option Decline)
FC Dallas
Maynor Figueroa (Option Decline)
D.C. United
Vytas Andriuškeviius (Option Decline)
Nick De Leon (Option Decline)
Kevin Ellis (Option Decline)
Jared Jeffrey (Option Decline)
Taylor Kemp (Out of Contract)
Kofi Osei-Opare (Option Decline)
Travis Worra (Out of Contract)
Houston Dynamo
Luis Gil (Out of Contract)
Dylan Remick (Option Decline)
Jared Watts (Option Decline)
Dejan Jakovic (Out of Contract)
Charlie Lyon (Option Decline)
Calum Mallace (Option Decline)
Quillan Roberts (Option Decline)
LA Galaxy
Ashley Cole (Option Decline)
Ariel Lassiter (Option Decline)
Brian Sylvestre (Option Decline)
Minnesota United
Matt Lampson (Option Decline)
Johan Venegas (Out of Contract)
Montreal Impact
Louis Béland-Goyette (Option Decline)
Kyle Fisher (Option Decline)
Michael Salazar (Option Decline)
New England Revolution
Femi Hollinger-Janzen (Option Decline)
New York City FC
Tommy McNamara (Option Decline)
Andre Rawls (Option Decline)
David Villa (Out of Contract)
NY Red Bulls
Carlos Rivas (Option Decline)
Orlando City
Joe Bendik (Option Decline)
Earl Edwards Jr. (Out of Contract)
Richie Laryea (Option Decline)
Donny Toia (Option Decline)
Jose Villarreal (Option Decline)
Philadelphia Union
Fabinho (Option Decline)
Richard Marquez (Option Decline)
John McCarthy (Out of Contract)
Joshua Yaro (Option Decline)
Portland Timbers
Steve Clark (Out of Contract)
Lawrence Olum (Option Decline)
Real Salt Lake
Luke Mulholland (Option Decline)
Taylor Peay (Option Decline)
Demar Phillips (Option Decline)
Luis Silva (Option Decline)
Sunny (Option Decline)
Seattle Sounders
Calle Brown (Option Decline)
Toronto FC
Clint Irwin (Option Decline)
Tosaint Ricketts (Option Decline)
Vancouver Whitecaps
Jose Aja (Option Decline)
Aaron Maund (Option Decline)
Brian Rowe (Option Decline)
Wandrille Lefèvre (Option Decline)
2 comments about "MLS: Re-entry process begins Friday with 66 players available for selection".
  1. beautiful game, December 14, 2018 at 10:45 a.m.

    Portland continues to waste a roster player with Asprilla as extra baggage. 

  2. humble 1, December 15, 2018 at 10:13 a.m.

    when there are discussions about why young American players choose to go abroad, given the above rules, shouldn't the question be, why would you NOT go abroad?  As I understand the MLS rules, and I am far from an expert, a player does not get to 'choose' their team. They must be 'drafted'.  Even at 28 as a free-agent.  Please, correct me if I am wrong.  Take the case of Christian Pulisic who is about 20 y.o., one year younger than Jerremy Ebobesse who was recently written about here on S.A..  Pulisic has not renewed his deal with Dortmund, yet.  He will choose where he plays next.  Dortmunds 'rights' for him do not go beyond the length of his 'contract' and any attached options.  Now look at Ebobesse. His 'rights' are owned by Portland, he will have to stay in Portland unless they choose not to renew his contract, and if they do, he will have to go through draft re-entry to be eligible to play for another team.  College to MLS to USL to MLS draft to MLS vs. Dortmund, with freedom to choose where you play.  What would you choose?  MLS has a long way to go in player development to make up for this insane legal framework they impose on players.  This is not the NBA, NFL, MLB or even NHL, where the competive context is essentially the USA, young soccer players can and will go abroad, the competitive context is the global. 

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