Let The Off Season Begin
Well it is either down to delayed flights, hangovers or sleeping in. In any case only about three hours late Major League Soccer has announced Monday evening the list of protected players for the upcoming Expansion Draft for newcomers Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers.
First, as a reminder, here are the provisional rules as best as I can interpret them.
- TFC and all other MLS clubs get to protect eleven players
- Each expansion club picks 10 players each
- Neither TFC or any other club can lose more than two players
- When a club loses a player they get to add one more player to their protected list
- A designated player with a no-trade clause must be protected. If a DP does not have a no trade clause in his deal he can theoretically be left exposed if the club chooses to do so
- Protecting a player does not obligate a team to exercise a contract option, contracts can be renegotiated irrespective of if the player is protected or not
- Generation Adidas and homegrown players are exempt from the draft
- Each club has to protect a minimum of three international players. For TFC that means players born outside of North America. American players are not considered internationals for TFC, but not the other way around
Here is the total list of players that are available to be plucked off TFC’s roster
- Chad Barrett
- Julian de Guzman
- Gabe Gala
- Nick Garcia
- Raivis Hscanovics
- Fuad, Ibrahim
- Milos Kocic
- Amadou Sanyang
- Martin Saric
- Maxim Usanov
- O’Brian White
So here is the protected eleven.
- Nana Attakora
- Adrian Cann
- Jon Conway
- Dwayne De Rosario
- Stefan Frei
- Dan Gargan
- Emmanuel Gomez
- Ty Harden
- Nick LaBrocca
- Jacob Peterson
- Maicon Santos
The only two names on the unprotected list to me that are somewhat surprising are Chad Barrett and Milos Kocic. Barrett is on a relatively crazy wage packet by MLS standards and I guess the gamble Cochrane is taking is that no one will want to commit that much money to a player that with due respect to him has not delivered value for money.. Still he might be an interesting ick for a new club depending on how they plan to play. Kocic I thought would be definitely protected and perhaps he may be slid onto the protected list if TFC loses a player in the first round on Wednesday. If TFC loses one player early they get to add one additional player for the second round.
Back in October I blogged that I thought that Martin Saric was most likely the player that TFC might lose considering his relatively low wage of $90,000 and that his style of play might be atractive for a first year MLS club, particularly Portland. Kocic is a great young goal tending prospect that I would not be surprised that a club like Vancouver might take a flyer on, but I am still sticking with Saric as my best bet for someone getting plucked of fthe TFC roster.
The story in the mainstream Toronto sports media tomorrow likely to earn headlines will be Julian de Guzman being left unprotected, and to a lesser extent, Chad Barrett. On JDG’s wage of $1.7 milion there is no way in hell he is going anywhere, at least not in the Expansion Draft, and ditto of course for Barrett.
The other story is who is on the TFC protected list that is currently not under contract. Nana Attakora , Dan Gargan and Adrian Cann are definitely out of contract. Maicon Santos’s loan deal/rights are expiring and his deal will have to be renegotiated if he is going to stay. I have not been able to find out the status of contracts for Ty Harden, Jacob Peterson and Nick LaBrocca. They might or might not be on deals that run into the 2011 season. Only three of the players on the protected list are definitely under contract as of today. In any case it is definitely a statement of intent that the “rebuild” may not be as extensive as many of us might have thought.
Wednesday will be the official start of the rebuild of Toronto FC. Later this week I will be blogging about this draft along with the news coming soon when TFC will start announcing which players are not coming back definiterly in 2011 and who will be availale in the re-entry draft.
Comments are always welcome and of course always appreciated.