MLS Re-Entry Draft 2013: Top 10 Players Available
Top 10 Available MLS Players During Re-Entry Draft
The 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft List has officially been released, and there are several big names available. For those of you that do not understand how the Re-Entry Draft process works, allow me to explain.
The first stage of the Re-Entry Draft starts off when clubs can claim players by exercising their current options or extending them an official offer as regulated by the CBA. This will take place via conference call on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. ET.
The players that go without being selected in the first stage will remain available for the second stage that will commence on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. ET, also happen via conference call. As stated in the MLS league rules, teams will have seven days to make an official offer to the players they selected during stage two. If an agreement is not reached, the club will hold the right of first refusal for the player in MLS.
Any players that are not picked up after Stage 2 will become available to any MLS club as a free agent on a first-come, first-served basis.
Below is the Re-Entry Draft order for each stage:
1. DC United, 2. Chivas USA, 3. Toronto F.C., 4. Columbus Crew, 5. F.C. Dallas, 6. Philadelphia Union, 7. Vancouver Whitecaps, 8. Chicago Fire, 9. San Jose Earthquakes, 10. Montreal Impact, 11. Colorado Rapids, 12. New England Revolution, 13. Seattle Sounders, 14. LA Galaxy, 15. New York Red Bulls, 16. Houston Dynamo, 17. Portland Timbers, 18. Real Salt Lake, 19. Sporting Kansas City.
This process can be grueling for players that would like to assume they would be signed by their former club. Here are the Top 10 best available Re-Entry players and what team or teams should make a move for them.
10. Dwayne De Rosario
The 13-year veteran is looking to continue his career, but it will not be with DC United anymore. De Rosario has already tallied 103 goals and 77 assists during his career, and is still looking to add more. He may not have a lot of years left in him, but Toronto F.C. could be a potential landing spot again. Another possible landing spot could be the Chicago Fire, especially after the departure of three key veterans.
9. David Ferreira
It is obvious that Ferreira is coming to the end of his career. After battling injuries for the past two seasons, he is still a option for several clubs that are lacking in veteran experience. This shifty Colombian has done no wrong since joining F.C. Dallas back in 2009. He led the team in assists last season with nine, and that was after missing 45 games with an injury. Watch a team like Vancouver or Chivas USA to make a jump on the attacking midfielder.
8. Cam Weaver
Weaver has had a hard time fitting in down in Houston. He has scored just 12 goals in his five seasons. There is hope for him though, especially if he can find a team that can utilize him for effectively, something the Dynamo have not be able to do. Teams like Philadelphia and Montreal could benefit with a little more scoring help.
7. Kenny Cooper
Cooper is only 29 and still has a lot of life left in him. After seven seasons in the league, Cooper has notched 72 goals, scoring 18 in 2008 and 2012. Several teams in MLS are looking for a talented forward like Cooper. New England and San Jose could both be possible landing spots. San Jose needs a solid option next to Chris Wondolowski, and New England just needs helping putting the ball in the back of the net.
6. James Riley
A solid option on defense for all five teams he has played for since coming into the league back in 2005, a majority of Riley's early career was spent keeping the New England Revolution back-line in check. Two possible moves for Riley could be either the L.A. Galaxy, who have lost Sean Franklin, or the Columbus Crew, who also are in need of some serious defensive assistance.
5. Kevin Alston
Alston only played in nine games after a late return to soccer during the 2013 season. Once he did return, he showed flashes of the talented and explosive player that we all know and love. This outside-back would be a positive addition to any team, especially teams that love to get their outside-backs involved in the attack. Teams like Philadelphia, Houston, Sporting Kansas City and New York could all be potential homes for this young MLS star.
4. Mauro Rosales
One of the most surprising releases of the reentry phase, Rosales has done so much for the Sounders since coming on in 2011. A midfield master, Rosales assisted on 34 goals in just three seasons, so you must ask why the Sounders would release a player of his caliber. Regardless of why they did, he is now one of the hottest players available. No one team can really be named as a landing spot, but it can be certain that it will be a team that is in need of a playmaking midfielder.
3. Bobby Boswell
Boswell is one of the most consistent defenders in the MLS. He has an astounding resume in his nine years in the league. Boswell won the 2006 Defender of the Year; he is a two-time MLS Cup squad finalist, an MLS All-Star and an MLS Best XI selection. It is safe to say that he would be a outstanding addition to any team, but especially to the bottom-three league finishers, DC United, Toronto F.C. and Chivas USA.
2. Sean Franklin
A shocking release if you ask me. Franklin has been a quality player for the Galaxy for many seasons. He has been a part of all the recent MLS Cup Championships for L.A. and scored an absolutely amazing goal during the 2013 playoffs. Every single MLS team could benefit from having Franklin on their back line. Seattle or New York could make a move for him, but he will more than likely fall to a lower club that is in desperate need of help.
1. Steve Zakuani
If you thought Rosales was a surprising release, just look at how Seattle walked away from a rising star like Zakuani. Injuries did cost him a lot of playing time during the 2013 season, but he still has a lot of talent. Imagine if he would land on a dominant team like Sporting, L.A., or even New York?