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A few big names available in Stage 2 MLS Re-Entry Draft

Dec 14, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

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Stage 2 of Major League Soccer’s Re-Entry draft is set for today, and there is some intriguing talent available. The biggest names in the Re-Entry hopper: Chivas USA’s Juan Pablo Angel and Danny Califf, Dallas’ Julian de Guzman and Kevin Hartman and Colorado’s Conor Casey.

Established in 2010 as part of the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Re-Entry Draft was drawn up to provide veteran players some limited form of movement within the league.

The process does assist veteran players, but the first two versions have shown fairly limited value in terms of actually stocking rosters. Last year’s Re-Entry process helped Marc Burch find a place in Seattle, where he contributed regularly to the Sounders strong season.

And Clyde Simms sure benefited, starting 29 games for New England, which took him in the process last year.  Otherwise, Hunter Freeman started 18 games for Colorado, Andrew Boyens and Pat Noonan (Los Angeles) got some games here and there. That’s about it.

The entire list of available players is here.

The draft happens today at 3 p.m. ET.

  1. geojock - Dec 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    There seems to be more interesting players this year than last. There are a ton of journeyman guys who are great to fill out an MLS roster.

    • Steve Davis - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Yes, it just takes a couple of these guys to make a far more interesting list. As for most of those journeymen you mentioned … meh.

      • charliej11 - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        Steve,

        I completely disagree with you regarding the journeymen. You are not going to win a championship wht Wahl. But when he fills in at left back because you are thin there and need him to….plus he does well…..invaluable at times.

        A roster has to have roll players like that and there isn’t money to pay everyone $250k.

  2. wesbadia - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    The biggest problem with the system is that there is a rather large margin between the salaries of players in the Re-Entry Draft and the cap space on most teams. This naturally results in the risk of drafting someone who is unwilling to sign a new contract for an uncertain amount of money that he’s unwilling to accept. Of course, players with options not picked up typically result in their new teams paying the amount on the option. But even here there is a rather large unspoken issue on the part of teams: unless they’re in direct contact with the player/agent, the player has no idea if a team would be willing to pick him up if only the dollar figure was negotiable. Teams simply look at the number and turn it down, I think.

    In short, most players seem to be left in the dark with their status in limbo, while the teams simply pass over the overwhelming majority of them because they’re not economically feasible. I’m sure there are instances that teams are talking with the very good players to negotiate down the salary prior to actually drafting, but how often does this happen. The closed door policy of MLS leaves us fans in the dark as well.

    For all these reasons, I’d be hard pressed to pick anyone out of this list for a team that I managed. With the exceptions of players like Avila or Hartman, there’s not one that would be worth his salary figure, especially for a club that’s up against the cap.

    And herein is what we see: the teams that most need to restock are the very ones that have offloaded the majority of these players; and the teams that could benefit by deepening their roster are the ones that are usually cap-crunched. The result is a ho-hum system that sees very little movement.

    • charliej11 - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      I think this is the second round where you can renegotiate the contracts, no ?

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