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MLS: Unprotected locals -- yes or no?

11/23/2010

Twenty-one players with Southland roots will be available to the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps in Wednesday's Major League Soccer expansion draft.

The full list of available players can be found at MLS's Web site.

Here are the local guys on the unprotected list:

Eric Avila (FC Dallas), midfielder, San Diego (UC Santa Barbara): Scored the gorgeous goal that beat Real Salt Lake in the first leg of the Hoops' first\round playoff series. Take him? No.

Chad Barrett (Toronto FC), forward, Beaverton, Ore. (UCLA): Inelegant striker has scored 29 goals the past five seasons. Take him? Only if you need a backup striker with starting experience.

Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), defender/midfielder, Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos HS/Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA): U.S. World-Cupper is headed to Mexico, to play with UANL Tigres. Take him? Of course not.

Bobby Burling (San Jose Earthquakes), defender, Monument, Colo. (Loyola Marymount): Towering former Galaxy/Chivas USA defender has been a backup most of his pro career. Take him? No.

Chukwudi Chijindu (Chivas USA), forward, Fontana (Damien HS): Spent part of last season on loan to Miami FC. Take him? No.

Jimmy Conrad (Sporting Kansas City), defender, Temple City (Temple City HS/UCLA): Former Wizards captain (the team last week rebranded as “Sporting”) has been among the MLS's top leaders and center backs the past decade. Take him? He'll be 34 in February. Pass.

David Estrada (Seattle Sounders), forward, Salinas, Calif. (UCLA): Mexican-born four-time All-Pacific 10 pick played just 88 minutes in MLS as a rookie. Take him? Hasn't yet proven he's MLS quality.

Irving Garcia (New York Red Bulls), midfielder, Yuma, Ariz. (UC Irvine): Skilled playmaker didn't see game time as a rookie, thanks to injuries, defensive concerns. Take him? See Estrada.

Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew), defender, Cardiff-by-the-Sea (UCLA): Two-time World Cup selection (and former junior surfing champ) is, hard to believe, 36 now. Take him? If he were four years younger, no question.

Patrick Ianni (Seattle Sounders), defender, Lodi, Calif. (UCLA): Connected to Bruins royalty -- his brother, former UCLA/MLSer Tayt Ianni, is married to Terry Donahue's daughter -- the center back was key to the Sounders' great second-half run. Take him? Deserves consideration.

Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA), goalkeeper, Placentia (El Dorado HS/UC Santa Barbara): Goats' No. 2 keeper missed final three months of the campaign with a torn biceps tendon. Take him? Seek medical advice first.

Gerson Mayen (Chivas USA), midfielder, Los Angeles (Manual Arts HS): Joined Chijindu in the loan deal to Miami. Take him? No.

Chance Myers (Sporting Kansas City), defender/midfielder, Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks HS/UCLA): No. 1 pick in 2008 MLS draft has played in only 31 games in three seasons. Take him? Right now he fits into MLS's first-pick-bust jinx.

Duncan Oughton (Columbus Crew), midfielder, Karori, New Zealand (Cal State Fullerton): Crew's longest-tenured player (since 2001) has played in just 17 league games the past three seasons. Take him? At 33? No, thank you.

Brian Perk (L.A. Galaxy), goalkeeper, Rancho Santa Margarita (Tesoro HS/UCLA): Former U.S. youth national-teamer saw no action for Galaxy or Philadelphia in his rookie campaign. Take him? There are more proven goalkeepers available.

Josh Saunders (L.A. Galaxy), goalkeeper, Lake Forest (El Toro HS/Cal State Fullerton): Has been backup for Galaxy most of the past six seasons. Take him? Absolutely.

Ross Schunk (Colorado Rapids), forward, Portland, Ore. (University of Redlands): Missed 2010 with a torn ACL. Take him? No.

Chris Seitz (Philadelphia Union), goalkeeper, San Luis Obispo (Thousand Oaks HS): Supposed to be the goalkeeper of the future for the U.S., at Real Salt Lake, had an up-and-mostly-down campaign for expansionist Union in 2010. Take him? If you think he has the tools to fulfill his promise, then consider him. If not, pass.

John Thorrington (Chicago Fire), midfielder, Palos Verdes (Chadwick School): South African-born, Manchester United-raised midfielder was limited by injury to five MLS games in 2010. Take him? Worth a look.

Peter Vagenas (Colorado Rapids), midfielder, Pasadena (St. Francis HS/UCLA): Former Galaxy captain, taken from L.A. by Seattle in 2008 expansion draft, was traded Monday to the Rapids for Julian Baudet. Take him? Wrong side of 32, injury concerns.

Tyson Wahl (Seattle Sounders), defender, Newport Beach (Newport Harbor HS): Veteran left back has struggled to become a regular starter in MLS. Take him? No.