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FC waives two draft picks, FWay’s Neagle

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 25, 2009 at 2:26 pm with 3 Comments »
November 25, 2009 2:26 pm

The Sounders waived two of their picks from last season’s SuperDraft today along with free agent Lamar Neagle of Federal Way.

Here’s the release from the club:

The Seattle Sounders FC today waived midfielder Michael Fucito and defenders Evan Brown, and Lamar Neagle.

Brown, 22, and Fucito, 23, were both selected by Seattle in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Brown was chosen 16th overall from Wake Forest and Fucito was taken with the 46th pick overall from Harvard. Neagle, 22 and a Federal Way native, joined Seattle as a rookie free agent from Nevada-Las Vegas on June 10.

None of the players, all rookies, saw action during the MLS regular season or playoffs. Brown started in the May 26 U.S. Open Play-In game, a 1-0 victory over Colorado. Brown, Neagle and Fucito, who was on the disabled list since signing July 3, each saw playing time as substitutes in friendlies against both Chelsea and Barcelona.

Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) waived D Evan Brown, MF Michael Fucito and D Lamar Neagle

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  1. Discnutt says:

    Hey Don…do you know why they were waived? Is there an advantage to waiving them now as opposed to waiving them at the end of training camp? I guess another question is how much do they value these players…will they be invited to training camp?

  2. Don Ruiz says:

    Player contracts are technically signed with the league. And the league wants to pick up the options only on players who have a reasonable chance of actually making the team — and to reinforce that, the league penalizes teams that cut players whose options have been picked up. Therefore, it’s in the club/league’s interest to release these players and then invite them to camp later than it is to pick up their option and possibly cut them later.

  3. exSlacker says:

    There was also the advantage of keeping them on the roster for the expansion draft on the off chance that Philly saw upside in one of them as a project, thus keeping them from selecting any of the other players that the Sounders planned to keep. Obviously, it didn’t play out that way…but, as it cost them nothing to hold onto them through the expansion draft, it seems like an obvious and smart/thorough play.

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