Expansion Draft: Salinas and Moreno now ‘Caps

Posted on 24 November 2010 by Breton Bonnette

We'll always remember this...

The pick of Shea Salinas is a heartbreaker. The guy is classy, a true talent that with a better magic sponge could have been terrorizing the flanks of any MLS defense on a more consistent basis this season. With that said, he’s gone but to drive things home even more, Piotr Nowak pulled back Chris Seitz shattering any “impartial facade” he was trying to put forward. Vancouver, three picks later, went for a veteran striker that had Philly fans split 50/50. Alejandro Moreno was gritty and hard-working but, at the same time, rubbed fans the wrong way with his love of simulation. We’re not sure why Vancouver wants 2 guys that can hold-up the ball in Moreno and Chivas USA’s Alan Gordon but overall, we’re pretty happy Moreno’s selection kept Andrew Jacobson here.

Recap:  

Portland takes…

GKs – NONE
Defenders – Eric Brunner (Columbus), Anthony Wallace (Colorado), David Horst (Real Salt Lake), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Jordan Graye (DC United)
Midfielders – Adam Moffat (Columbus), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Arturo Alvarez (San Jose), Peter Lowry (Chicago)
Forwards – Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)

Vancouver takes…

GKs – Joe Cannon (San Jose)
Defenders – Nathan Sturgis (Seattle), Jonathan Leathers (Kansas City)
Midfielders – Shea Salinas (Philadelphia), John Thorrington (Chicago), Sanna Nyassi (Seattle), Atiba Harris (FC Dallas)
Forwards – Alejandro Moreno (Philadelphia), Alan Gordon (Chivas USA), O’Brian White (Toronto FC)

Let the mourning begin…Salinas was the first player to allow us an interview, excited as all hell to join from San Jose. He was married this past January and one of easiest to talk to in the locker room. Now he’s off to the West Coast again – this time a ‘little’ farther north – and ASN Philly can only wish him the best of luck.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Phil McCrack'n Says:

    Losing Salinas was very predictable. We’ll regret losing him. I hope he gets a nice raise as he deserves it.

    Shocked to see Moreno get taken, but that could turn out to be a blessing as he makes decent dough and it opens up more time for Mwanga and Jack Mac.

    Nice compliment to Nowak that we lost two players in the draft after only being together for one year. Can’t wait for next season.

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