Union announce Expansion Draft players, acquire midfielder Brian Carroll

Ahead of the Philadelphia Union's announcement of which players it has left unprotected for the upcoming Expansion Draft, the club announced that it has acquired Columbus Crew midfielder Brian Carroll.

The Union gave up allocation money and a second-round pick in the 2011 SuperDraft in return.

"I think we all know Brian Carroll's qualities from the past seasons with D.C. United and Columbus," Union coach Peter Nowak said this evening. "This is another piece to our team that we felt to be important for the future, with his experience being with championship teams."

Carroll has been in the league for seven years. The Springfield, Va., native played his first four years as a pro with D.C. United, then moved to Columbus in 2008.

Nowak acknowledged that the acquisition of Carroll creates a logjam at holding midfielder, with Stefani Miglioranzi and Eduardo Coudet already there. Kyle Nakazawa and Amobi Okugo also played the position this season.

"We still have in mind that we will play the Reserve League, and the expanded rosters, with additional games, will be very important," Nowak said. "We need to create competition - competition will bring results and a better environment."

The Union have left the following players UNPROTECTED for the Expansion Draft, which will be held for Major League Soccer's two new clubs, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Cristian Arrieta, defender
Eduardo Coudet, midfielder
Fred, midfielder
Andrew Jacobson, midfielder
Brad Knighton, goalkeeper
Stefani Miglioranzi, midfielder
Alejandro Moreno, forward
J.T. Noone, midfielder
Chris Seitz, goalkeeper
Shea Salinas, midfielder
Nick Zimmerman, midfielder

Not every player was made available in the draft. Each club in MLS was able to protect a total of 11 players from their senior and developmental rosters combined. Generation Adidas and "home-grown" players were exempt from the draft, and each club was required to protect a certain percentage of its international players (details on that are below).

The following Union players were PROTECTED:

Danny Califf, defender
Brian Carroll, midfielder (after being acquired in the trade)
Juan Diego González Alzate, defender
Jordan Harvey, defender
Sébastien Le Toux, forward
Justin Mapp, midfielder
Kyle Nakazawa, midfielder
Michael Orozco Fiscal, defender
Toni Stahl, midfielder
Roger Torres, midfielder
Sheanon Williams, defender

The following Union players were EXEMPT:

Jack McInerney, forward
Danny Mwanga, forward
Amobi Okugo, midfielder

The language on protecting international players was kind of confusing:

Clubs are restricted in the number of international player(s) that they may make available. Clubs may make available a number of international players equal to their total number of international players minus three, provided that if a Club has three or fewer international players it may make available not more than one.

For MLS' American clubs (i.e. all the clubs except Toronto FC), the defintion of international player is:

Any non-domestic US player (players that do not hold U.S. Citizenship or Residency) will count as an International.

What all this means is that the Union had four international players: Eduardo Coudet, Juan Diego González, Toni Stahl and Roger Torres.

The draft will take place on November 24. Portland will have the first pick, and will alternate picks with Vancouver. The procedure is that once two players from one club have been taken in the draft, no more players from that club will be taken.

In addition, once a player from a club is drafted, that club can move a player of its choice from the unprotected list to the protected list.

You can read the entire set of rules here. You can get more updates from me throughout the evening by following me on Twitter.

My analysis

First of all, remember that any players who are not drafted remain on the Union roster.

Like many of you, I was surprised that both Chris Seitz and Brad Knighton were left unprotected. Nowak said that "if we're going to protect one, then it's not fair to the other one." I find that logic a bit puzzling, to be honest.

I am guessing that the Union does not think both goalkeepers will be taken, epecially when you look at the other players on the table and the fact that only two players from the club can be taken.

Having said that, it is definitely not an endorsement of Knighton. According to the most recent MLS Players Union's salary data, Knighton only makes $40,000. That makes him very attractive. Seitz, on the other hand, makes $100,000. The Union's coaches and front office staff have really got to hope that Seitz's second year is a lot better than his first, because it's much more likely that he'll be here than Knighton.

It needs to be noted that Vancouver probably already has its goalkeeper. Jay Nolly was the USSF Division 2 goalkeeper of the year this season, and I think he'll be on the club's MLS roster in 2011. Portland has also signed one of its D-2 goalkeepers, Steve Cronin, to an MLS contract. So it is possible that neither Union goalkeeper will be drafted.

Leaving Shea Salinas unprotected was also a surprise. He also only makes $40,000. I wonder if the Union are not quite convinced that he is back at full health. Again, that's just a guess, but it took Salinas a long time to recover from the broken fibula he suffered in the middle of the season.

Another inexpensive player who could go is Andrew Jacobson. He is another member of the $40,000 group, and his versatility in midfield will likely be appealing.

At the other end of the salary scale, Fred makes $250,000. So I would not expect him to be drafted.

(The full list of MLS player salaries is here.)

Some people on Twitter were initially surprised that Toni Stahl was protected, but that move makes sense. As Nowak said when asked about it, Stahl is still young. Coudet, on the other hand, is 36.

It's worth noting that six of the Union's unprotected players were acquired in Philadelphia's expansion draft last winter: Jacobson, Knighton, Miglioranzi, Moreno, Salinas and Zimmerman.

If I had to pick two players who I think will be drafted from the Union, I would guess Jacobson and Knighton. If one of those two goes first, I would guess that the other one or Salinas would be protected before the second player goes.

Here is a list of the other players in the league who will be available in the Expansion Draft.

Chicago Fire

C.J. Brown, defender (is retiring)
Nery Castillo, midfielder (Designated Player)
Stefan Dimitrov, forward (was released in August from what I can tell)
Andrew Dykstra, goalkeeper
Collins John, forward
Krzystof Krol, defender
Freddie Ljungberg, midfielder (Designated Player)
Peter Lowry, forward
Dasan Robinson, defender
John Thorrington, midfielder
Deris Umanzor, defender

Chivas USA

Carlos Borja, midfielder
Jonathan Bornstein, defender (is leaving for Mexican club UANL Tigres in January)
Chukwudi Chijindu, forward
Rodolfo Espinoza
Maykel Galindo
Alan Gordon, forward
Dan Kennedy, goalkeeper
Eduardo Lillingston, forward
Giancarlo Maldonado, forward
Gerson Mayen, midfielder
Jesús Padilla, midfielder
Osael Romero, midfielder
Marcelo Saragosa, midfielder
Mariano Trujillo, defender
Alex Zotinca, defender

Colorado Rapids

Andre Akpan, forward
Quincy Amarikwa, forward
Steward Ceus, goalkeeper
Ian Joyce goalkeeper
Ross LaBauex, midfielder
Claudio Lopez, midfielder
Ciaran O'Brien, midfielder
Scott Palguta, defender
Ross Schunk, forward
Wells Thompson, midfielder
Peter Vagenas, midfielder (acquired from Seattle today in a trade)
Anthony Wallace, defender

Columbus Crew

Eric Brunner, defender
Kevin Burns, midfielder
Brian Carroll, midfielder (since traded to Philadelphia)
Jason Garey, forward
Léandre Griffit, midfielder
Frankie Hejduk, midfielder
Steven Lenhart, forward
Adam Moffat, midfielder
Duncan Oughton, midfielder
Gino Padula, defender
Guillermo Barros Schelotto, midfielder (Designated Player with an expired contract)

FC Dallas

Eric Avila, forward
Jeff Cunningham, forward
Kyle Davies, defender
Edson Edward, defender
Bruno Guarda, midfielder
Atiba Harris, forward
Daniel Hernández, midfielder
Dax McCarty, midfielder
Milton Rodriguez, forward
Dario Sala, goalkeeper
Jason Yeisley, forward (Allentown, Pa., native)

D.C. United

Danny Allsopp, forward (left the club earlier this month)
Brandon Barklage, midfielder
Adam Cristman, forward
Jordan Graye, defender
Pablo Hernandez, midfielder
Devon McTavish, defender
Kurt Morsink, midfielder
Juan Manuel Peña, defender (is reportedly retiring)
Troy Perkins, goalkeeper
Barry Rice, defender
Carlos Varela, defender

Houston Dynamo

Samuel Appiah, midfielder
Corey Ashe, midfielder
Ryan Cochrane, defender
Danny Cruz, midfielder
Tyler Deric, goalkeeper
Richard Mulrooney, midfielder
Francisco Navas, midfielder
Joseph Ngwenya, forward
Anthony Obodai, midfielder
Dominic Oduro, forward
Patrick Onstad, goalkeeper
Lovel Palmer, midfielder
Eddie Robinson, defender

Sporting Kansas City

Korede Aiyegbusi, defender
Jamar Beasley, forward
Sunil Chhetri, forward
Jimmy Conrad, defender
Birahim Diop, defender
Zoltan Hercegfalvi, forward
Aaron Hohlbein, defender
Nick Kounenakis, defender
Eric Kronberg, goalkeeper
Jonathan Leathers, defender
Chance Myers, defender
Shavar Thomas, defender (picked by the Union in last year's Expansion Draft)
Josh Wolff, forward

Los Angeles Galaxy

Gregg Berhalter, defender
Alex Cazumba, defender
Leonardo Da Silva, defender
Bryan Jordan, forward
Jovan Kirovski, forward
Dema Kovalenko, midfielder
Mike Magee, midfielder
Yohance Marshall, defender
Brian Perk (former Philadelphia Union reserve)
Josh Saunders, goalkeeper

New England Revolution

Zak Boggs, forward
Preston Burpo, goalkeeper
Nico Colaluca, midfielder
Kheli Dube, forward
Cory Gibbs, defender
Jason Griffiths, midfielder
Roberto Linck, forward
Pat Phelan, midfielder
Seth Sinovic, defender
Khano Smith, midfielder
Ilija Stolica, forward

New York Red Bulls

Juan Pablo Ángel, forward (Designated Player, but this is no surprise)
Andrew Boyens, defender
Conor Chinn, forward
Austin da Luz, midfielder
Irving Garcia, midfielder
Brian Nielsen, midfielder
Carl Robinson, midfielder
Salou Ibraham, forward
Luke Sassano, midfielder
Greg Sutton, midfielder
Carey Talley, defender
Sinisa Ubiparipovic, midfielder

Real Salt Lake

Jean Alexandre, midfielder
Pablo Campos, forward
Robbie Findley, forward (leaving the club to go overseas)
Nelson Gonzalez, midfielder
Ned Gravaboy, midfielder
David Horst, defender
Will Johnson, forward
Rauwshan McKenzie, defender
Tim Melia, goalkeeper
Alex Nimo, midfielder
Kyle Reynish, goalkeeper
Chris Schuler, defender
Robbie Russell, defender
Collen Warner, midfielder
Andy Williams, midfielder

San Jose Earthquakes

Arturo Alvarez, forward
Andre Luiz, midfielder
Steve Beitashour, midfielder
Bobby Burling, defender
Joe Cannon, goalkeeper
Ramiro Corrales, midfielder
Eduardo, forward
Geovanni, midfielder (Designated Player)
Cornell Glen, forward
Chris Leitch, defender
Justin Morrow, defender
Brad Ring, midfielder
Tim Ward, defender

Seattle Sounders FC

Julien Baudet, defender (acquired in the Vagenas trade)
Terry Boss, goalkeeper
Danny Earls, defender (acquired in the Vagenas trade)
David Estrada, midfielder
Leonardo González, defender
Taylor Graham, defender
Patrick Ianni, defender
Roger Levesque, forward
Tyrone Marshall, defender
Miguel Montano, forward
Blaise Nkufo, forward (Designated Player)
Pat Noonan, forward
Sanna Nyassi, midfielder
Zach Scott, defender
Michael Seamon, midfielder (Villanova alumnus)
Nathan Sturgis, defender
Tyson Wahl, defender

Toronto FC

Chad Barrett, forward
Julian de Guzmán, midfielder (Designated Player)
Gabe Gala, defender
Nick Garcia, defender
Raivis Hscanovics, defender
Fuad Ibrahim, forward
Milos Kocic, goalkeeper
Miguel Angel Ferrer "Mista" Martinez, midfielder (Designated Player)
Nane Joseph, midfielder
Amadou Sanyang, defender
Martin Saric, midielder
Maxim Usanov, defender
O'Brian White, forward