Los Angeles Soccer: Ryan Cochrane
No changes in the list of Galaxy and Chivas USA players available for Monday's second-stage draft in Major League Soccer's re-entry process.
Galaxy defenders Frankie Hejduk and Dasan Robinson are up for grabs, and so is the Chivas USA quintet of goalkeeper Zach Thornton, defender Andrew Boyens, midfielders Simon Elliott and Mariano Trujillo, and forward Chukwudi Chijindu.
Vancouver midfielder Peter Vagenas, the former Galaxy captain from Pasadena and UCLA, and Portland midfielder Rodrigo Lopez, from Wilmington, also are on the list.
Chivas has the No. 4 selection in the draft, and the Galaxy pick 18th.
Clubs must make contract offers within seven days to players selected in the second stage of the draft and retain the rights of those taken if an agreement can't be reached. They may select their own players in the draft only after every other club has passed on them.
Those not selected become free agents.
Among the more interesting players on the list are midfielders Baggio Husidic (from Chicago) and Clyde Simms (D.C. United), and defenders Marc Burch (D.C.), Ryan Cochrane (New England), Jonathan Leathers (Vancouver), Chris Leitch (San Jose) and Shavar Thomas (Sporting Kansas City).
The Galaxy made a big splash in the second phase of Major League Soccer's re-entry draft Wednesday, taking New York Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel -- arguably the finest target forward ever to play in the league -- after making a trade with Houston to move up to fourth in the draft.
The 35-year-old Colombian, who joined the Red Bulls when Galaxy coach Bruce Arena was in charge in New York, has scored 61 goals in four seasons for New York.
His contract, for $1.62 million (with $1.918 million guaranteed compensation), was not renewed, and the Galaxy will be able to negotiate a new pact with the tall striker.
“In the re-entry draft, all teams are doing is acquiring rights to players,” Arena said on a teleconference Wednesday afternoon. “There's still a negotiating period to see if we can reach an agreement. … We think he's a very fine forward, and we're hopeful we can reach an agreement. …
“The reason we took him in the re-entry draft is we think we can make it work. I think Juan wants to make it work, but we have to get in some discussions this week and see if we can reach an agreement.”
The Galaxy also selected Red Bulls midfielder Luke Sassano, and Chivas USA took Kansas City central defender Jimmy Conrad (Temple City/Temple City HS and UCLA).
Galaxy midfielder Dema Kovalenko and Chivas USA midfielder Marcelo Saragosa and defender Alex Zotinca weren't drafted and become free agents. So do Colorado midfielder Peter Vagenas (Pasadena/St. Francis HS and UCLA) and Columbus midfielder Duncan Oughton (Cal State Fullerton).
Arena said he has spoken twice with Angel in recent weeks and believes a deal can be made despite the forward's stated desire to remain on the East Coast. If signed, Angel likely would be a Designated Player, which would all but end any chance of L.A. acquiring Brazilian forward Ronaldinho.