Major League Soccer Friday announced the names of 35 players who meet the eligibility requirements for possible selection into the inaugural two-stage MLS Re-Entry Draft, scheduled to take place via teleconference December 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
The draft is for players who are at least 23 years old with over three years of league service and an unrenewed club option by their previous team and for players at least 25 with over four years in the league and an expiring contract.
In each stage of the draft, teams can either select a player from the eligibility list or pass, but once they pass, they are out of the selection process for that stage and the stage ends when all 18 current MLS teams have passed on all remaining available players.
If a player is selected in Stage 1, the club making the pick must exercise their contract option or extend a Bona Fide offer to that player, which they can accept or reject. Should the player reject the offer, the drafting club holds a right of first refusal for that player in the league. Should a player have option years left on their contract, they will automatically be added to that team's roster.
Stage 1 selected players will remain on the drafting team's 2011 budget at the option price or the Bona Fide Offer price until April 1, 2011 and clubs and those players may not mutually renegotiate that price lower until that date.
MLS franchises will not be allowed to select their own eligible players in Stage 1, but will have from the end of the stage through 2 p.m. Eastern time December 12 to negotiate new contracts and sign with their former clubs.
In Stage 2, clubs may pick players that are either under or not under contract.
If a selected player is not under contract, the drafting club has seven days to make a genuine offer or the drafting club holds the right of first refusal for that player in MLS.
Teams can choose their own players back in Stage 2, provided all other clubs have not chosen them.
Any player not selected in either part of the draft becomes available to any MLS team on a first come, first served basis.
Here is the order of selection for both round of the Re-Entry Draft:
1. DC United
2. Chivas USA
3. Philadelphia Union
4. New England Revolution
5. Houston Dynamo
6. Toronto FC
7. Chicago Fire
8. Sporting Kansas City
9. Seattle Sounders FC
10. Columbus Crew
11. New York Red Bulls
12. Real Salt Lake
13. San Jose Earthquakes
14. Los Angeles Galaxy
15. FC Dallas
16. Colorado Rapids
17. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
18. Portland Timbers
Here are the names of the players made eligible for selection by their teams for the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft
2011 MLS RE-ENTRY DRAFT PLAYER LIST
Marcelo Saragosa (option declined)
Alex Zotinca (option declined)
Claudio Lopez (option declined)
Ciaran O'Brien (option declined)
Peter Vagenas (option declined)
Frankie Hejduk (option declined)
Duncan Oughton (option declined)
Gino Padula (option declined)
Guillermo Barros Schelotto (option declined)
Jeff Cunningham (option declined)
Dario Sala (option declined)
Jaime Moreno (option declined, but retired)
Ryan Cochrane (option declined)
Richard Mulrooner (option declined)
Joseph Ngwenya (option declined)
Pat Onstad (option declined)
Adrian Serioux (option declined)
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
Jovan Kirovski (option declined)
Dema Kovalenko (option declined)
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Preston Burpo (option declined)
Nico Colaluca (option declined)
Cory Gibbs (option declined)
Khano Smith (option declined)
NEW YORK RED BULLS
Juan Pablo Angel (option declined)
Luke Sassano (option declined)
Carey Talley (option declined)
Fred Carreiro (out of contract)
Chris Seitz (out of contract)
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Khari Stephenson (option declined)
Tyrone Marshall (option declined)
SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Jimmy Conrad (out of contract)
Aaron Hohlbein (out of contract)
Josh Wolff (option declined)
Nick Garcia (option declined)
MLS GOALKEEPER POOL
Chris Sharpe (out of contract)