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By DAN KARELL
Following the excitement of the first stage of the 2013 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft, even more action is expected as we get set for the second stage.
A total of 48 players are available for the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft (3pm, Wednesday), including former MLS MVP winners David Ferreira and Dwayne De Rosario and other veterans such as Heath Pearce, Joe Cannon, Joel Lindpere, and Brian Mullin. The overall draft pool took a hit as there were many movers in the first stage.
Sean Franklin (D.C. United) and Steve Zakuani (Portland) were the first players off the board followed by Corben Bone (Philadelphia), Marc Burch (Colorado), and Bobby Boswell (D.C. United). In addition, a number of players took themselves off the Re-Entry Draft process including Kenny Cooper, Mauro Rosales, and Bobby Convey due to being involved in trades to Seattle, Chivas USA, and New York, respectively.
While a player selected in stage one must be re-signed to a contract at their current salary figures, if a player is selected in the stage two of the draft, teams have seven days to make a “Bona Fide offer” to the player, which could be at a different salary figure.
Teams will select players in the same order as the first stage beginning with D.C. United followed by the Portland Timbers and Toronto FC.
Here’s the list of players available for the second stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft:
MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT ELIGIBLE LIST – STAGE TWO
Chicago Fire (5): DF Shaun Francis, MF Joel Lindpere, FW Maicon Santos, MF Wells Thompson (out of contract), MF Michael Videira
Chivas USA (3): DF Ante Jazic (out of contract), DF Steve Purdy, MF Josue Soto
Columbus Crew (2): MF Danny O’Rourke, MF Konrad Warzycha
Colorado Rapids (3): GK Steward Ceus, DF Brian Mullan, MF Jamie Smith
D.C. United (5): MF Dwayne De Rosario, DF James Riley, FW Carlos Ruiz, MF Marcelo Saragosa, DF Daniel Woolard
FC Dallas (2): MF David Ferreira, DF Ugo Ihemelu
Houston Dynamo (3): FW Calen Carr (out of contract), MF Alex Dixon, FW Cam Weaver
Los Angeles Galaxy (3): MF Colin Clark, MF Laurent Courtois, MF Pablo Mastroeni (out of contract)
Montreal Impact (1): MF Sinisa Ubiparipovic
New England Revolution (4): FW Chad Barrett, FW Ryan Guy, MF Clyde Simms, MF Juan Toja
New York Red Bulls (4): DF Brandon Barklage, FW Fabian Espindola, GK Kevin Hartman, DF Heath Pearce (out of contract)
Philadelphia Union (1): DF Chris Albright (out of contract/retired)
Portland Timbers (1): DF Ryan Miller
Real Salt Lake (3): DF Brandon McDonald, GK Josh Saunders, MF Khari Stephenson
Seattle Sounders (1): MF Blair Gavin
San Jose Earthquakes (4): DF Nana Attakora, MF Mehdi Ballouchy (out of contract), DF Dan Gargan, GK Evan Newton
Toronto FC (1): FW Justin Braun (out of contract)
Vancouver Whitecaps (4): GK Joe Cannon, FW Corey Hertzog
(All players had contracts declined unless stated otherwise)
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