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Sounders protected/unprotected list released

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm with 9 Comments »
November 21, 2011 4:27 pm

Here is the Sounders’ list of players protected in the Montreal expansion draft Wednesday:

Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, Erik Friberg, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Fredy Montero, Lamar Neagle, Sammy Ochoa, Jeff Parke, Mauro Rosales and Steve Zakuani. (Michael Tetteh didn’t need to be protected.)

That means these players are available to the Impact: Terry Boss, Servando Carrasco, David Estrada, Josh Ford, Michael Fucito, Leo Gonzalez, Taylor Graham, Patrick Ianni, Nate Jaqua, Roger Levesque, Bryan Meredith, Miguel Montano, Pat Noonan, James Riley, Amadou Sanyang, Zach Scott, Michael Seamon, Tyson Wahl and O’Brian White.

The club provided this quote from general manager Adrian Hanauer:

Given the fact we’ve lost three players to expansion drafts the past two seasons we are bracing ourselves for the possibility of losing someone. Despite those losses we have developed a deep squad and grown stronger. We couldn’t protect everyone, so some of those who contributed significantly to our success are bound to be exposed. It will be interesting to see how Montreal approaches this.

Here’s the full list from all MLS teams.

Reaction: There are certainly some players on the unprotected list that the club must hope not to lose. But there aren’t any real head-scratchers on the protected list either. There’s just no way for a team this deep to protect 11 and not leave some desirable players unprotected. … Protecting Steve Zakuani but exposing O’Brian White probably reflects a combination of the upside of each player, their history with the club, and the projected probabilities of productive return from injuries. Ochoa also likely figured into the lack of protection for both White and Jaqua. Also, there’s every chance that White’s injury and Jaqua’s age/salary could cause Montreal to pass. … Zach Scott appears on the list as “Zacharias.” Very cool name. … “Impact,” however, is the worst expansion name to join the league since the Miami Fusion. … I’m getting the impression MLS might not be ready to name a 20th franchise anytime soon, so the Sounders may not need to go through this expansion ordeal again next season. … Conventional wisdom says Montreal takes Mike Fucito. Less conventional … Scott?

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  1. derekyoung says:

    Fucito is the obvious one… but I’m starting to think it might be an outside back. Riley and Wahl are good quality for MLS. Both are decent defenders but their strength is getting into the attack and providing service. It’s easier to justify putting cash into forwards/midfielders, so they could fetch a decent price in allocation dollars for a trade.

    Then again, Fucito is a great MLS backup so if they’re looking for a reserve 2nd striker, he’s the one.

  2. joepublic says:

    Evans? He must have naked pictures of Sigi.

  3. derekyoung says:

    Evans? He must have naked pictures of Sigi.

    Shudder.

  4. elmocatt says:

    Remember, we loaned Montano to USL Montreal, so if they liked what they saw in him, he could be selected. If they go youth movement, him or Carrasco could go. If they are looking for more established MLS players – Riley, Wahl, Gonzalez or Fucito.

    Interesting to see that both players we lost last year, Nyassi and Sturgiss, were left unprotected by COL and TOR. Philly left Freddy Adu unprotected.

  5. exSlacker says:

    I just don’t see them selecting Montaño. It’s not that they don’t have any interest in him. It’s that they know they get more value out of their pick than he offers. For example, they could pick a guy like a Kamura and then trade him to us for Montaño AND Allocation Money or a late pick. They know we have no room for him at the moment and, barring quick and vast improvement, won’t. I expect we’ll either lose one of our defenders…Leo, Wahl, Ianni or Riley…or we’ll lose Fucito. He has some proven qualities and energy that will make him immediately valuable…whether starting or off the bench. I can’t imagine it being anyone else on our roster. If they have interest in Jaqua or Montaño (as stated above) or Noonan or King Roger, they will use different avenues to procure those players.

  6. exSlacker says:

    I forgot Corrasco…they might go that route. He’s so young and has enough upside that, if they are going young, he might be an expansion pick.

  7. ciscokid says:

    We also don’t know what conversations are going on between Montreal and lots of MLS teams. Seattle might see a player on unprotected list they want and strike a deal with Montreal: Pick this player and trade to us in exchange for player X and allocation $$ or draft choice etc.

    No way is Montreal just picking the top 10 they want. I suspect there’s a lot of wheeling and dealing going on today

  8. exSlacker says:

    agreed Cisco…in my example, it’s Kamura…but Convey is out there too. Robbie Russel could play back. There are plenty of good players unprotected. Montreal could build a very nice team.

  9. EverydayFan says:

    Evans let me down this year when we lost Rosales. The 3-0 loss to RSL was the clincher – I needed him to do something, anything, to get the team going … and we got bumpkus.
    On top of that, he defense is, well… let me put it this way … If anyone can point me to a video clip on YouTube that shows Evans dis-possessing any MLS player while wearing a Sounders kit, I’d be surprised.
    I hope he can stand up and show next year … But if I’m being honest, protection should be saved for game changers.

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