Major League Soccer conducted its first of many drafts over the next couple of months with the Chivas USA Dispersal Draft today, but only seven players were selected.
The draft took place via conference call between all 20 clubs, as the entire Chivas USA roster were up for grabs except for star player Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, who is still negotiating a contract with MLS.
FC Dallas had the first pick and selected goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who was seen as the most attractive option heading into the day.
Dallas already have two starting calibre ‘keepers in Raul Fernandez and Chris Seitz and may look to use Kennedy in some form of postseason negotiation. Though he could be given a chance to battle for the starting job, but that remains to be seen.
The remaining six selections in the dispersal draft saw young players picked up. Expansion club New York City FC selected Matthew Dunn with the second pick, as DC United selected Thomas McNamara with the fourth pick.
Montreal Impact picked up the only defender to move in the draft by selecting left-back Donny Toia with the sixth pick, before Caleb Calvert moved to Colorado Rapids and Kristopher Tyrpak joined San Jose Earthquakes in the eighth and ninth selections.
Marco Delgado was the last player picked in the draft as Toronto FC opted to take the versatile midfielder with the fourteenth pick.
Surprisingly, Nigel Reo-Coker and Andrew Jean-Baptiste were not selected and they will hope to escape football limbo before the start of the next campaign.
Reo-Coker could still offer many teams some steel in the middle of the park, and it’s surprising a club like Orlando City opted to pass on the former Vancouver Whitecaps man.
Jean-Baptiste going past the dispersal draft without a club is an even bigger shock. The centre-back could offer many teams some solidity at the back and many expected him to move somewhere.
Both players could still find teams in MLS before the new season starts but for now, just seven former Chivas USA players have found hope elsewhere.
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