Thursday, December 16, 2010

Re-Entry Draft 2

The second stage of the re-entry draft has just concluded and my initial thoughts are LA Galaxy have done an outstanding job of picking the best player available and one of the best strikers in MLS history. I am talking, of course, about Juan Pablo Angel. The Galaxy also selected midfielder Luke Sassano who will give them a lower salary to work with and is a talented MLS midfielder. The Galaxy really got three players out of the draft as they also re-signed Jovan Kirovski prior to today's draft. The Galaxy now have seven days to come to terms with their picks.

In a move that completely baffled me, my home state Sporting KC (Wizards) selected Frankie Hejduk. I'm confused. You don't resign Jimmy Conrad, because he's too old to be paid the salary he wants and you select Hejduk; who has obviously lost his legs and if signed will still command a decent chunk of money. Conrad can still atleast play at a high level, and would be much better at coaching the youngsters. This continues my thinking that SKC has no clue on the players they release and bring in.

No other moves were quite as big as LA's, but some teams did try to address some deficiencies. DC United selected Josh Wolff from SKC in hopes he can find his scoring boots, though, he only scored twice last season and is 33 years old. Nearly as old as the manager of the team. DC took two strikers in the draft. On day one they took Joesph Ngwenya and now Wolff. We'll have to see if either make the team after pre-season and if either player can help DC out of the cellar of MLS.

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