Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Who will the Galaxy, Chivas USA lose?
By Scott French
The Montreal Impact will unveil round about noon Wednesday the list of 10 players it has claimed from the other 18 clubs in Major League Soccer's expansion draft.
The Galaxy and Chivas USA are holding their breaths.
Both have left some very fine players unprotected, and each could lose one player.
If we're Impact manager Jesse Marsch, the former Chivas USA standout, we're looking very closely at Galaxy midfielders Michael Stephens and Paolo Cardozo and forward Chad Barrett and Chivas midfielders Blair Gavin and Michael Lahoud and defender Zarek Valentin.
Here's the list of unprotected players from the local clubs:
Goalkeepers: Brian Perk.
Defenders: Sean Alvarado, Frankie Hejduk, Bryan Jordan, Leonardo, Dustin McCarty, Dasan Robinson, Ryan Thomas.
Midfielders: Chris Birchall, Paolo Cardozo, Hector Jimenez, Dan Keat, Jovan Kirovski, Michael Stephens.
Forwards: Chad Barrett, Adam Cristman, Miguel Lopez.
Goalkeepers: Sergio Arias, Zach Thornton.
Defenders: Andrew Boyens, Ante Jazic, David Junior Lopes, Mariano Trujillo, Zarek Valentin.
Midfielders: Laurent Courtois, Simon Elliott, Blair Gavin, Michael Lahoud, Gerson Mayen.
Forwards: Chukwudi Chijindu, Chris Cortez, Victor Estupiņan, Marcos Mondaini.
And here's a list of players taken from the local clubs in previous expansion drafts:
Stefani Miglioranzi (Philadelphia): The holding midfielder started 20 games for L.A. in 2009, became a regular after Peter Nowak plucked him.
Peter Vagenas (Seattle): The former L.A. captain reconnected with Sigi Schmid, his coach at UCLA and with the Galaxy, and spent two seasons with the Sounders. He played for Vancouver this year.
Gavin Glinton (San Jose): The Earthquakes hired coach Frank Yallop from the Galaxy, and the Canadian targeted the Turks & Caicos-born, Bay Area-raised forward. He made just six appearances, dropped into the second division, then signed in Vietnam.
Paulo Nagamura (Toronto FC): The Brazilian midfielder, the first name on TFC's list, played just four games for the Reds before returning to L.A. to play for Chivas. He's been a vital performer since for the Goats, aside from a stint in Mexico at the start of 2010.
Arturo Torres (Chivas USA): The Loyola Marymount Hall-of-Famer (inducted in January) moved around the hall, spent a season with the Goats, then abruptly retired during preseason in 2006.
Danny Pena (Chicago): The fiery holding midfielder was taken with the first pick in the first MLS expansion draft, then made it clear he had no intentions of leaving L.A. What to do? The Galaxy made a trade, part of which meant giving up Chris Armas, a rising holding midfielder who would become a U.S. national team standout and an iconic player of his era.
Kevin Hartman (Chicago): This ended up working out well for the former UCLA star, who was the No. 3 selection in the draft. The trade to get Pena back had another component: Mexican star Jorge Campos also went to the Fire, with his backup, Hartman, returning to L.A., where he would star for the next nine years.
Bryan Taylor (Miami): Forward had seen limited action for the Galaxy -- just one start in 11 appearances -- and saw even less with Miami before he was waived about two months into the season.
Alan Gordon (Vancouver): The former Galaxy long-timer spent a few hours with the Whitecaps, who traded him right back to the Goats -- along with Alejandro Moreno -- for an international slot. He went to Toronto FC in March (for Nick LaBrocca) and to San Jose in July.
Jonathan Bornstein (Portland): Jonny B had already signed up for the move to Mexico, but Portland grabbed his rights, figuring he'll come home one day.
Shavar Thomas (Philadelphia): Jamaican center back made just one appearance to the Union, then moved to Kansas City, where injuries have limited his time.
Jason Hernandez (San Jose): The veteran defender has been a regular starter for the Quakes the past four years, with three seasons of at least 27 starts -- injuries limited him to 16 in 2009.
Tim Regan (Toronto FC): The defender was quickly traded to New York for future Galaxy forward Edson Buddle, was waived in 2008, signed a one-day contract for TFC for a game against Chivas, extended that deal through the rest of the season, then retired to become the Reds' scouting chief.
Chivas, preparing for its first season, selected ...
Defenders: Orlando Perez (Chicago), Ezra Hendrickson (D.C. United), Antonio de la Torre (Colorado), Craig Ziadie (MetroStars), Jeff Stewart (Colorado).
Midfielders: Arturo Torres (Galaxy), Francisco Gomez (Kansas City), Jamil Walker (San Jose).
Forwards: Matt Taylor (Kansas City), Thiago Martins (D.C. United).