Expansion Draft 2010: Hoping for minimal damage

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Guessing an expansion draft is downright impossible. Even more so when it’s two teams with bare boned rosters picking. The task of guessing what expansion squads need and what pieces they already have coming in is still ventured upon – almost begrudgingly – every year. It’s not fun looking around at which Union players many think will be selected but take comfort in knowing that very few of these consensus picks actually happen.

Let’s take a look at who – by the end of  today – will no longer be a member of the Union.

Let’s Talk Soccer

VANCOUVER: Shea Salinas, M/D, Philadelphia. (40k) Been impressed each time I’ve seen him. Dirt cheap too. Philly protects Andrew Jacobson after.

Salinas is a popular pick amongst the pontificators. Philly loses another however…in the last round.

PORTLAND: Brad Knighton, GK, Philadelphia. (40k) Younger option than Gruenebaum and I’ve enjoyed his play in New England and Philly. Competes with Steve Cronin in Portland. Philadelphia is done.

Fox Soccer/Soccer by Ives

9. PORTLAND TIMBERS – BRAD KNIGHTON (Philadelphia Union)

The Timbers go considerably younger in goal than Vancouver, grabbing the impressive and undervalued Knighton to battle Steve Cronin for the starting job. Knighton beat out Chris Seitz in Philadelphia before being inexplicably left unprotected.

Ives doesn’t agree with Nowak’s “if one GK is left unprotected then both should be” approach and we lose Knighton first.

16. VANCOUVER WHITE CAPS – ANDREW JACOBSON (Philadelphia Union)

Vancouver general manager Tom Soehn was head coach at D.C. United when Jacobson returned to MLS from France and will pounce on a solid and reasonably-priced defensive midfield option.

WV Hooligan

11. Portland Timbers – Andrew Jacobson (Philadelphia):

Me: Getting some speed in the midfield would be good for Spencer, I’ve always thought Jacobson could be developed into a very good player when given the proper time.

So, as of right now, it’s Jacobson and Knighton getting plucked by “the majority”. Surprisingly, we don’t lose another in WV Hooligan’s Mock Draft. We’ll take it.

Canadian Soccer News

No explanations here but a couple surprises in Duane Rollins’ take…

PORTLAND: 5. Alejandro Moreno (Phi)

VANCOUVER: 20. Chris Seitz (Phi)

Moreno and Seitz? Would anyone have a real problem with this? Moreno still has a role to play on this team but with the beating he takes every year, I can’t imagine he’ll be having many full 34-game seasons with the Union.

MLS Soccer

12) Vancouver choose Shea Salinas, M/D, Philadelphia Union Salinas is young, cheap, fast and full of running. He hasn’t quite found a permanent home on the field yet, but is capable of giving quality minutes at right back and right midfield. Youth, flexibility and affordability make him the right pick for Vancouver.

Believe it or not, I thought the selection of Salinas would be more of slam dunk than it seems to be with those trying to get in the heads of Spencer and Teitur. And once again, pleasantly surprised with no second pick from the Union.

Goal.com

3. Brad Knighton, GK, Philadelphia – A better option between the sticks than either Cronin or Nolly. After his performances in Philadelphia, he probably deserves an unfettered shot at a number one shirt somewhere in the league.

As it all is undoubtedly a crap shoot, Knighton and Salinas look to be the two most likely to be selected. If you remember last year at all, however, the consensus picks are normally way off. In our collective Mock Draft for the Union’s expansion draft last year (a round-up of 9 of the blogosphere’s mock drafts), only ONE (Andrew Jacobson) was selected.

Get ready for a bit of a surprise today.

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