After taking advantage of the introduction of MLS free agency, Toronto FC has elected not to make a selection in the re-entry draft. They passing with their ninth overall pick in the first round of the draft, and did the same today in the second round.
With the signing of Drew Moor yesterday, and the acquisition of Steven Beitashour all but confirmed, Toronto FC have already been quite active in acquiring MLS players. In doing so they have taken two of the most coveted players both on the free agent and re-entry draft list respectively.
This is the first time since the 2011 MLS Re-Entry draft that Toronto FC did not make a selection. The draft itself was first implemented in 2010. Their two passes may have resulted from the lack of success they have historically had in this draft.
2012 selection Danny Califf, 2013 pick Dwayne De Rosario and last year's pick of Robbie Findley all failed to make a big impact with Toronto FC. Findley was once again available in this year's draft but went unselected through the first two rounds.
As with the first round, only two clubs made selections in the second round of the re-entry draft. The MLS Cup winning Portland Timbers have bolstered their backline by picking up central defender Jermaine Taylor with the last pick in the draft. Orlando City made the other pick, acquiring Kevin Alston with the seventh pick in the draft.
There had been some suggestion that Toronto FC could make a pick in this draft, with defender Chris Schuler and goalkeeper Tally Hall both available. The acquisition of Drew Moor, however, makes an often injured Schuler not worth the price. As for the keeper situation, the club are likely to consider options outside of MLS.
Any players who are not selected in the first two round of the re-entry draft are essentially free agents at this point. As a result there is still a chance Toronto FC could take a look at one of these players for depth, although they are reported to be fairly close to the league salary cap.
For there part, however, Toronto FC are far from done this offseason according to General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. After addressing the biggest problem from last year, the backline, the club still has a couple of other leaks it will be looking to address.
Here is a full list of the second round of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.
1. Chicago Fire - PASS
2. Colorado Rapids- PASS
3. Philadelphia Union- PASS
4. New York City FC- PASS
5. Real Salt Lake - PASS
6. Houston Dynamo- PASS
7. Orlando City - Kevin Alston
8. San Jose Earthquakes- PASS
9. Toronto FC - PASS
10. New England Revolution- PASS
11. Sporting Kansas City- PASS
12. Los Angeles Galaxy- PASS
13. D.C. United- PASS
14. Montreal Impact- PASS
15. Seattle Sounders- PASS
16. Vancouver Whitecaps- PASS
17. FC Dallas- PASS
18. New York Red Bulls- PASS
19. Columbus Crew- PASS
20. Portland Timbers- Jermaine Taylor