It’s been another busy day for clubs across Major League Soccer. The 2014 Expansion Draft saw New York City FC and Orlando City draft ten players each ahead of their debut campaigns in MLS, while there was also a MLS Waiver Draft. The trade window then reopened and will stay open until tomorrow evening.
To summarise all of today’s top stories we’ve rounded up the key moves and developments in one place here:
1. New York City and Orlando City bulk up squad ahead of debut season
The 2014 MLS Expansion Draft was the most interesting event of the day and one that New York City and Orlando have had in their diaries for a long time. It was over in a flash as both expansion franchises picked ten players each to give their first ever MLS squads a true identity.
2. Nigel Reo-Coker moves to Montreal Impact in one of just three Waiver Draft picks
The MLS Waiver Draft followed the Expansion Draft as all 20 teams had the opportunity to select one of 58 players on the waiver wire. But only three teams took advantage of the opportunity as three former Chivas USA players were picked up. Nigel Reo-Coker moved to Montreal Impact with the first pick, with Leandro Barrera and Bobby Burling moving to San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids respectively.
3. Jamison Olave leaves New York Red Bulls to rejoin Real Salt Lake in trade
Real Salt Lake re-acquired powerful centre-back Jamison Olave from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money today. The 33-year-old, who won MLS Defender of the Year while with RSL in 2010, made over 50 appearances for the Red Bulls in two seasons. Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh revealed he was traded for salary cap reasons.
4. Daniel Lovitz traded back to Toronto FC despite New York City Expansion Draft selection
Daniel Lovitz has had a busy day. The 23-year-old midfielder was picked by New York City in the fourth round of the MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday. Though he was immediately traded back to Toronto FC in return for allocation money. Lovitz was selected in the second round of the SuperDraft last year and made 18 appearances in his debut season.
5. Eric Gehrig on the move twice as he lands move back to hometown Chicago
Eric Gehrig was another player who had an overly active day on the move. The defender left the Columbus Crew as he was selected by Orlando City in the tenth round of the Expansion Draft. But he was promptly traded to the Chicago Fire in exchange for a 2016 SuperDraft second round pick. The 26-year-old made 46 appearances in four seasons with the Crew.