MLS teams announce protected lists ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft

Here’s who the Galaxy decided to protect (Coach Bruce Arena apparently not wanting to take the chance of losing Todd Dunivant again) in the draft that will help Vancouver and Portland stock their respective rosters:

David Beckham – Midfielder (International Player)
Chris Birchall – Midfielder (International Player)
Edson Buddle – Forward
A.J. DeLaGarza – Defender
Landon Donovan – Forward
Todd Dunivant – Defender
Sean Franklin – Defender
Omar Gonzalez – Defender
Juninho – Midfielder (International Player)
Donovan Ricketts – Goalkeeper (International Player)
Michael Stephens – Midfielder

Note: Forward Tristan Bowen of Van Nuys was automatically protected as a member of the Generation adidas program.

So, by extension, here’s who the Galaxy left exposed for Portland and Vancouver to run the rule over (no real losses here if they were to get picked and Lewis and Klein have already announced their retirements, of course):

Gregg Berhalter – Defender
Alex Cazumba – Midfielder (International Player)
Bryan Jordan – Forward
Jovan Kirovski – Midfielder
Chris Klein – Midfielder
Dema Kovalenko – Midfielder
Leonardo – Defender (International Player)
Eddie Lewis – Midfielder
Mike Magee – Forward
Yohance Marshall – Defender (International Player)
Brian Perk – Goalkeeper
Josh Saunders – Goalkeeper

In addition, the Galaxy today acquired allocation money from the expansion Portland Timbers today in exchange for an international player roster slot adding more fuel to the fire they will make a big-name signing (Ronaldinho?) in the off-season. It was reported today that the Brazilian remains interested in MLS.

The Timbers receive one of the Galaxy’s eight international player slots for the 2011 and 2012 MLS seasons. After the 2012 season, the roster spot reverts back to the Galaxy.

Also, Seattle traded former Galaxy midfielder Pete Vagenas to the Colorado Rockies Rapids (oops).

Here’s who Chivas USA elected to protect: Justin Braun, Yamith Cuesta, Daro Delgado, Jorge Flores, Ante Jazic, Michael Lahoud, Paulo Nagamura, Zach Thornton, Michael Umaa, Ben Zemanski, Sal Zizzo.

Thornton over Dan Kennedy? Really?

Ineligible to be taken in the Expansion Draft are: Bryan de la Fuente (Home Grown Player), Blair Gavin (Generation adidas) and Cesar Zamora (Home Grown Player).

Here then is who Chivas USA left unprotected: Carlos Borja, Jonathan Bornstein, Chukwudi Chijindu, Rodolfo Espinoza, Maykel Galindo, Alan Gordon, Dan Kennedy, Eduardo Lillingston, Giancarlo Maldonado, Gerson Mayen, Jesus Padilla, Osael Romero,
Marcelo Saragosa, Mariano Trujillo, Alex Zotinca.

Bornstein joins Tigres in the new year, of course.

Incidentally, the Chicago Fire left the likes of Nery Castillo, Freddie Ljungberg and the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s John Thorrington unprotected.

The Red Bulls left exposed former Chivas USA defender Carey Talley and, as expected, Juan Pablo Angel.

Other notables available in the draft: Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew); Robbie Findlay (Real Salt Lake); Geovanni (Earthquakes); Blaise Nkufo (Sounders); and Julian de Guzman (Toronto).

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
  • Studs Up

    Vagenas to the Rockies, glad he’s given up on soccer!

  • Mike Watkins

    Who would of thought Nick would have a baseball reference in his column!