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Riley, Le Toux unprotected by Sounders

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 23, 2009 at 3:33 pm with 21 Comments »
November 24, 2009 8:09 am

PhillycrestmlsseaThe list is reprinted below.

On first glance, it seems to be a pretty typical starting lineup … with the notable exception of defender (and union rep) James Riley, who started 27 games. The Sounders decided to protect Patrick Ianni (10 starts) instead.

Riley must be used to this drill, as he went to San Jose in their expansion draft and then came to Seattle in the Sounders’ expansion draft.

Also unprotected — but less surprising — are former USL Sounders and fan favorites Sebastien Le Toux and Roget Levesque. Others who started games for the Sounders but are now available to Philly are Steven King, Sana Nyassi, Zach Scott, Nathan Sturgia and Peter Vagenas.

Here’s the protected list.

Seattle Sounders FC
Alonso, Osvaldo
Evans, Brad
Gonzalez, Leo
Hurtado, Jhon Kennedy
Ianni, Patrick
Jaqua, Nate
Keller, Kasey
Ljungberg, Freddie
Marshall, Tyrone
Montero, Fredy
Zakuani, Steve

This means the other players on the Sounders roster is available to the Philadelphia Union in the expansion draft on Wednesday. However, no more than one player can be taken.

Taking a quick look at the rest of the league, I thought it was interesting that the Houston Dynamo decided to protect reserve goalkeeper Tally Hall of Gig Harbor.

Here’s the MLS list of all protected players from all teams:


Chivas USA
Bornstein, Jonathan
Braun, Justin
Flores, Jorge
Padilla, Jesus
Galindo, Maykel
Lahoud, Michael
Kljestan, Sacha
Nagamura, Paulo
Thornton, Zach
Cuesta, Yamith
Santos, Maicon

Chicago Fire
Busch, Jon
Conde, Wilman
Brown, C.J.
Mapp, Justin
McBride, Brian
Nyarko, Patrick
Pappa, Marco
Pause, Logan
Thorrington, John
Robinson, Dasan
Ward, Tim

Colorado Rapids
Baudet, Julien
Casey, Conor
Clark, Colin
Cummings, Omar
Gibbs, Cory
Kimura, Kosuke
LaBrocca, Nick
Mastroeni, Pablo
Moor, Drew
Pickens, Matt
Smith, Jamie

Columbus Crew
Brunner, Eric
Carroll, Brian
Ekpo, Emmanuel
Gaven, Eddie
Hesmer, Will (GK)
Lenhart, Steven
Marshall, Chad
Moffat, Adam
O’Rourke, Danny
Rogers, Robbie
Schelotto, Guillermo

FC Dallas
Benitez, Jair
Chavez, Marvin
Cunningham, Jeff
Davies, Kyle
Ferreira, David
Harris, Atiba
Hernandez, Daniel
Ihemelu, Ugo
John, George
McCarty, Dax
Pearce, Heath

D.C. United
Burch, Marc
Carreiro, Fred
Jakovic, Dejan
James, Julius
Moreno, Jaime
Namoff, Bryan
Pontius, Chris
Quaranta, Santino
Simms, Clyde
Szetela, Danny
Wallace, Rodney

Houston Dynamo
Ashe, Corey
Boswell, Bobby
Cameron, Geoff
Ching, Brian
Davis, Brad
Hall, Tally
Hainault, Andrew
Holden, Stuart
Mullan, Brian
Oduro, Dominic
Weaver, Cameron

Kansas City Wizards
Arnaud, Davy
Conrad, Jimmy
Harrington, Michael
Hercegfalvi, Zoltan
Jewsbury, Jack
Kamara, Kei
Leathers, Jonathan
Lopez, Claudio
Souter, Kevin
Wolff, Josh
Zusi, Graham

Los Angeles Galaxy
Beckham, David
Berhalter, Gregg
Birchall, Chris
Buddle, Edson
DeLagarza, AJ
Donovan, Landon
Franklin, Sean
Gonzalez, Omar
Kovalenko, Dema
Magee, Mike
Ricketts, Donovan

New England Revolution
Alston, Kevin
Barnes, Darrius
Dube, Mkhokheli
Joseph, Shalrie
Larentowicz, Jeff
Mansally, Abdoulie
Nyassi, Sainey
Osei, Emmanuel
Ralston, Steve
Reis, Matt
Twellman, Taylor

New York Red Bulls
Angel, Juan Pablo
Borman, Danleigh
Coundoul, Bouna
Goldthwaite, Kevin
Hall, Jeremy
Johnson, Carlos
Kandji, Macoumba
Mendes, Carlos
Obster, Ernst
Richards, Dane
Stammler, Seth

Real Salt Lake
Beckerman, Kyle
Beltran, Tony
Borchers, Nat
Espindola, Fabian
Findley, Robbie
Johnson, Will
Morales, Javier
Olave, Jamison
Rimando, Nick
Seitz, Chris
Wingert, Chris

San Jose Earthquakes
Alvarez, Arturo
Burling, Bobby
Cannon, Joe
Corrales, Ramiro
Glenn, Cornell
Hernandez, Jason
Johnson, Ryan
Leitch, Chris
Moreira, Andre Luiz
Sanchez, Ramon
McDonald, Brandon

Toronto FC
Attakora-Gyan, Nana
Barrett, Chad
Brennan, Jim
Cronin, Sam
de Guzman, Julian
DeRosario, Dwayne
Gomez, Emmanuel
Sanyang, Amadou
Serioux, Adrian
White, O’Brian
Wynne, Marvell

Leave a comment Comments → 21
  1. derekyoung says:

    Weird, so basically everything we’d heard before was wrong. LOL!

    I had thought that DPs and Gen Adidas players were automatically protected. Bummer. I was hoping they could protect Le Stache.

  2. Don Ruiz says:

    Adrian Hanauer said in an interview a few days ago that Zakuani had “graduated” from Gen Adidas status and would have to be protected.

    Hanauer had at least briefly been under the impression that designated players were automatically safe. However, the league rules announced a few days ago seemed to say that that was true only for DPs with no-trade clauses in their contracts.

  3. thriceallamerican says:

    Given the late-breaking DP/GenAdidas clarifications, this is about what I expected, other that I was thinking maybe Riley over Ianni.

  4. jimkingjr says:

    No surprise that D.C. didn’t protect Wicks, but Houston left Onstad unprotected. Age and salary? If I were Phillie, I’d be tempted…

  5. jimkingjr says:

    If Phillie takes Riley, they take his first game suspension for the red card against Houston, too.

  6. thriceallamerican says:

    JKJr, that would be sad ’cause we wouldn’t even get to see him play the season opener here…

  7. jimkingjr says:

    Even if he’s with us, we won’t get to see him play the season opener…

  8. jimkingjr says:

    I think people had been misreading the DP protection rule. A team didn’t have to list a DP, unless the DP had a no-trade clause. People assumed that meant a DP without a no-trade clause was automatically protected- and that was a wrong assumption. It meant a DP without a no-trade clause could be left unprotected- and subject to the draft. If a team wanted to protect a DP, a team had to list them.

    The requirement to list a DP with a no-trade clause was to keep teams from essentially getting a twelfh exemption from the no-trade clause.

  9. jimkingjr says:

    Interestingly, no mention of or comment on Onstad on the Houston Chronicle site. I’m really getting curious as to the Dynamutt’s thinking.

    I haven’t gone through other teams’ lists- anyone else see a particularly interesting absence from protection?

  10. Don Ruiz says:

    Houston might be thinking that an expansion team may not want a 41-year-old keeper, since most expansion teams without a Space Needle on their crest tend to struggle for a while. Conversely, Houston may just think their own future is better served with Hall.

  11. jimkingjr says:

    From some of my other research- Houston left Onstad unprotected last year, too. I think Don hits the Hall issue square- I’d bet Houston figures he’s Onstad’s successor, someday, and too good to let loose. But Houston may have been lucky last year, that Seattle had it’s keeper lined up so they had no need to protect Onstad. Maybe Phillie will call the Dynamutt’s bluff…

  12. EverydayFan says:

    I’m pretty upset about two of the names we put on the unprotected list … Jaqua better learn how to sprint to space in the off season.
    I want work rate.

  13. Sad to see that Levesque didnt make the cut. Is he the most talented guy on the squad? No, but he’s got plenty of heart and grit, and he’s most certainly a fan favorite. I guess repeatedly coming off the bench and scoring goals is not as valued as it once was……

  14. derekyoung says:

    Congrats to Tally Hall! It’s obvious you are Houston’s future and happy to see GH represented! Clearly they were respecting your goal scoring authorita!

    But yeah, grumpy that Le Stache and Riley and Seba didn’t get covered.

    If they pick Jolly Roger, we have to trade for him. End of discussion.

  15. EverydayFan says:

    By season’s end, I just got tired of watching Jaqua do that lopey trot and always seem 5 yards behind the play … he had Ljungberg and Montero drawing doubles and triples all around him and still seemed to get lost in the wash … he should reward Seattle for protecting him by getting in better shape and adopting a style where he knifes into the box all day long … and for the love of the game … start burying his open shots

  16. WendellGee says:

    I read elsewhere that, like last year, there’s an “understanding” that Onstad would simply retire of chosen.

  17. jimkingjr says:

    If true, another way that Houston cheats…

    Another reason to remove the tarp.

  18. ciscokid says:

    I don’t think it’s a lack of love that kept Levesque or Le Toux protected, and it may have not been for love that SSFC protected Jaqua. First of all, you can only lose 1 player so I think it’s doubthful Roger gets selected.

    The game is to protect the players you think Philly would want most. Jaqua may still turn into trade bait. Le Toux iand Levesque are not not likely to be selected so they are left unprotected. You might guess wrong but you play the percentages.

    I think either Riley or Nyassi is most likely. If not then probably one of the younger upside guys like Stephen King or maybe Sturgis.

  19. ciscokid says:

    Of course my first line should read “…Levesque or Le Toux UNprotected.”

  20. ciscokid says:

    BTW, Ives just posted his mock draft and he thinks it’s Stephen King:

    STEPHEN KING, Seattle

    A product of last year’s expansion draft, King got lost in the mix in a loaded Seattle Sounders midfielder, but he’s still a talented young central midfielder who happens to be a product of the powerhouse Philadelphia-area youth club FC Delco. Now 23, King played in 20 games as a rookie with the Chicago Fire in 2008 and impressed there. Nowak can never have too many good central midfielders. This one just happens to have local ties, making him a safe bet to be selected.

    You can see entire mock draft here:

  21. EverydayFan says:

    Ives is a genious.
    King is the perfect fit for Philly and obvious choice, now that I think it through.

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