The Union lost a significant part of the team when midfielder Justin Mapp was selected in today’s expansion draft by the Montreal Impact.
Major League Soccer teams were only able to lose one player.
The 27-year Mapp has been with the Union since being acquired from the Chicago Fire for allocation money on June 26, 2010.
This past season Mapp appeared in 29 regular season games for the Union, including 24 starts. He had three goals and four assists. Mapp also appeared in both playoff games, making a start and earning an assist on their lone postseason goal, by Sebastien Le Toux.
“It’s a big loss,” Union team manager Peter Nowak said in a conference call with reporters.
Mapp was the sixth highest paid player on the team this past season, earning $183,333.33 in guaranteed compensation. The salary was a factor in leaving him unprotected.
“When we looked at the roster, having him in the last year of his contract, it’s not an easy call,” Nowak said in explaining the decision to leave Mapp unprotected.
Nowak also feels the team has younger midfielders such as Michael Farfan and Amobi Okugo who will fill the void.
In addition the Union claimed midfielder Nizar Khalfan in the MLS Waiver Draft after the Vancouver Whitecaps waived him earlier on Wednesday.
The Union also waived keeper Thorne Holder and defender Juan Diego Gonzalez. Neither player was a factor and with a guaranteed salary last season of $193,462.50, Gonzalez was one of the bigger disappointments.
The Union will miss Mapp’s toughness.
Nowak admitted that the Union gambled in leaving Freddy Adu unprotected, but the Union were hoping that his salary would scare off the Impact.
Adu earned $594,884 guaranteed last season.
Impact coach Jesse Marsch indicated in a report on MLSsoccer.com that Montreal had considered Adu. No doubt the salary scared the Impact off.