2013 MLS Re-Entry Process: 5 Players Worth Selecting
5 Players Worth Selecting In 2013 MLS Re-Entry Process
The MLS Re-Entry Process is essentially a yearly draft consisting of currently unsigned MLS veterans. As with any "draft", there will be clubs looking for players to fill a currently void in their roster or possibly even a veteran with one last quality year left in the tank. Of course, some of the 68 players eligible for re-entry are long past their prime and some may even be washed up. There are however at least five players that could truly help any team willing to add them to their roster next season.
Former four-time MLS Cup Champions but bottom of the barrel D.C. United will be the first to select, and the rest of the 2013 Re-Entry Process selection order is as follows:
2. Chivas USA
3. Toronto FC
4. Columbus Crew
5. FC Dallas
6. Philadelphia Union
7. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
8. Chicago Fire
9. San Jose Earthquakes
10. Montreal Impact
11. Colorado Rapids
12. New England Revolution
13. Seattle Sounders FC
14. Los Angeles Galaxy
15. New York Red Bulls
16. Houston Dynamo
17. Portland Timbers
18. Real Salt Lake
19. Sporting Kansas City
With that out of the way, the following are five players who are definitely going to be on the teams' radars when the Re-Entry Draft takes place.Chris Wimmer covers soccer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Chris_Wimmer_77 or add him to your network on Google
5. Fabian Espindola
Over the past three seasons, Espindola has netted 28 goals and could easily help a number of MLS clubs lacking scoring power.
4. Steve Zakuani
The 25-year-old former no. 1 pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Zakuani struggled after returning from a brutal leg injury. If a club is willing to roll the dice on the tall forward, they may get a great deal. In 2010, Zakuani scored 10 goals and assisted on six, so he has proven he has the ability to score when healthy.
3. Sean Franklin
A number of teams are in need of quality defenders, and Franklin is an athletic right-back that will bring with him experience and the ability to log a ton of minutes while helping shore up the back line for his future club. Franklin has logged more than 2100 minutes in five of his six MLS seasons.
2. Kenny Cooper
Just one season removed from scoring 18 goals for New York, Cooper is another forward available to help a team in need of offensive power. Cooper is an imposing figure up top at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. Admittedly, selecting an aging veteran is an obvious gamble, but he may just be able to muster one last double-digit goal scoring season.
1. Dwayne De Rosario
The 2012 MLS MVP has also been named MLS Cup MVP twice for two different clubs, and knows what it takes to win an MLS Championship. Slowed from injury in 2013, De Rosario takes amazing care of his body through nutrition and fitness, and will no doubt be looking to prove his career is not yet over. Teams looking for leadership and offense could benefit from taking a chance on the Canadian national for the upcoming season.
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