Options declined for Cristman, Jazic

November, 30, 2011
11/30/11
9:01
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The Galaxy declined options on forward Adam Cristman and defender Frankie Hejduk, who played in Wednesday's friendly in Indonesia. Chivas USA passed on starting left back Ante Jazic.

All three are among 69 players available in Monday's first-stage draft of Major League's Soccer's re-entry process.

The Galaxy also declined the option on defender Dasan Robinson, acquired in mid-September from Toronto FC, who also played in he Galaxy's 1-0 victory over Indonesia's national team to start its postseason tour of Asia and Australia.

Chivas declined options on goalkeeper Zach Thornton, defender Andrew Boyens, midfielder/defender Mariano Trujillo and forward Chukwudi Chijindu and decided not to offer a new contract to midfielder Simon Elliott.

Clubs may negotiate with their players, and players may opt out of the process, through Friday.

The Galaxy might want to bring back Hejduk and Robinson, but not at their current salaries -- Hejduk made $96,000 this year, Robinson $97,500. Their intentions with Cristman seem clearer: He was making only $42,000, a relative bargain.

Jazic, who at 35 had one of his finest MLS campaigns, also is a money decision. He made $115,000 this year, and the Goats would like to pare that number considerably. It is unlikely any of the other five on Chivas' list will return next season.

Chivas has the fourth selection in the re-entry drafts, and the Galaxy will pick 18th. Few players are expected to be taken in the first stage, when their salary numbers are set according to what they earned this year, but interest will pick up for the second-stage draft, on Monday, Dec. 12. Clubs negotiate new contracts with players selected in the second stage.

Three classes of players are eligible for the process: those 23 or older with at least three years' experience whose options weren't exercised (available in stage one at their option salary), 25 or older with four years' experience who are out of contract (available at their 2011 salary) and 30 or older with eight years' experience who are out of contract and whose clubs do not wish to re-sign them (available at 105 percent of their 2011 salary).

Elliott is in the third category; the other Chivas players and all three from the Galaxy are in the first category. Clubs may negotiate next week with their players who clear the first stage.

Options were declined on three local players with other MLS clubs: Portland's Rodrigo Lopez (from Harbor City) and Vancouver's John Thorrington (Palos Verdes Estates) and Peter Vagenas (Pasadena), all midfielders.

There are a few big names available in the drafts: Houston defender Bobby Boswell ($210,000 in 2011), D.C. United midfielders Santino Quaranta ($115,000) and Clyde Simms ($173,250), San Jose defenders Bobby Convey ($313.500) and Chris Leitch ($106,050), Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon ($199,500), Real Salt Lake midfielder Andy Williams ($99,225) and Columbus forward Jeff Cunningham ($140,000), MLS's all-time goals leader, with 134.

MLS's website has a full list.

Here are the local players in the process, with age and 2011 salary (average guaranteed compensation). Elliott is out of contract; the others' options were declined.

GALAXY
F Adam Cristman, 26, $42,000 ($42,000)
D Frankie Hejduk, 37, $96,000 ($96,000)
D Dasan Robinson, 27, $97,500 ($100,000)

CHIVAS USA
D Andrew Boyens, 28, $60,000 ($60,000)
F Chukwudi Chijindu, 25, $42,000 ($42,000)
M Simon Elliott, 37, $75,000 ($79,000)
D Ante Jazic, 35, $115,000 ($123,500)
G Zach Thornton, 38, $155,000 ($162,500)
M/D Mariano Trujillo, 34, $99,225 ($99,225)

OTHERS
M Rodrigo Lopez (Portland), 24, $32,604 ($32,604)
M John Thorrington (Vancouver), 32, $194,700 ($207,200)
M Peter Vagenas (Vancouver), 33, $48,000 ($48,000)

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