A year after selecting Dwayne De Rosario in Phase Two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, there was very little news this time around as Toronto decided not to use their sixth overall pick. There were not very many players, if any, who were really great fits for the club. Then again, few expected Toronto to pick in the first round and they did. That meant there was at least a tiny bit of intrigue going into today's draft.
This was aided by a couple of rumours that were floating around about possible players who Toronto might be interested in selecting. One of them involved Montreal Impact defender Matteo Ferrari, a move that most were hoping stayed a rumour. Ultimately, Ferrari went unselected by any team in the draft.
As per usual, following the Re-Entry Draft was quite frustrating as clubs and journalists released their selections in what seemed like an incredibly random order, with no help from the league itself. Even having some sort of live application that updated results for those interested would have been a major boost to the credibility and intrigue of this draft.
This came hand in hand with calls to end the Re-Entry draft altogether, and it is hard to disagree. This will certainly be one of the talking points in the MLS CBA negotiations and today's draft could, hopefully will be, the last of its kind. A more traditional free agency would just be more sensible for the league and would avoid the multitude of confusing and therefore frustrating drafts.
In more interesting news, the MLS trade window will be opening again after this draft and there is good reason to believe Toronto will be involved. The club looked heavily at options during the shorter transfer windows and there is no reason to believe they will no do so again.
Meanwhile, other teams were fairly active in the draft that seemed to take a while to get going but did see some make multiple selections. Teams are allowed to continue drafting after the first round is over. They have seven days to come to an agreement with the players they have picked. As per Sports Illustrated, these are the official results of the draft.
- Montreal Impact - Bakary Soumaré
- San Jose Earthquakes - Marvell Wynne, Sanna Nyassi
- Colorado Rapids - pass
- Chicago Fire - pass
- Houston Dynamo - Chandler Hoffman, Nathan Sturgis
- Toronto FC - pass
- Philadelphia Union - pass
- Portland Timbers - pass
- Sporting Kansas City - pass
- Vancouver Whitecaps FC - pass
- Columbus Crew SC - pass
- FC Dallas - Atiba Harris
- Real Salt Lake - pass
- D.C. United - pass
- New York Red Bulls - pass
- Seattle Sounders FC - pass
- New England Revolution - Tristan Bowen
- LA Galaxy - pass
- New York City FC - pass
- Orlando City SC - Josh Ford
- Montreal Impact- Pass
- San Jose Earthquakes- Sanna Nyassi
- Houston Dynamo- Nathan Sturgis
- FC Dallas- pass
- New England Revolution- pass
- Orlando City SC- pass