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Toronto FC pass in re-entry draft; no Reds players taken

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It’s all as you were until stage two next week.

MLS: Toronto FC at Houston Dynamo Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

No Toronto FC-related movement today in stage one of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Daniel Lovitz, Josh Williams and Ashtone Morgan were all eligible to enter the draft but Morgan opted out and Lovitz and Williams went unselected.

TFC, meanwhile, had the 19th pick but passed. Three picks were made: Houston selected Seattle defender Dylan Remick, Seattle selected San Jose goalkeeper Bryan Meredith and Orlando City selected Chicago goalkeeper Patrick McLain.

The lack of activity is not surprising. In stage two of the draft next Friday, clubs are able to negotiate new contracts with all of the available players. Today, they are only able to do that with out-of-contract players; others whose contract options have been declined, such as Lovitz, would be guaranteed those existing terms if selected.

MLS: Toronto FC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Morgan is out-of-contract and that he opted out suggests he could be hoping to re-sign with TFC in 2017. It certainly does not seem far-fetched to imagine an offer may be on the table to deputize for Justin Morrow at left-back.

Williams made himself available, but while I don’t expect to see him return next season the fact that he did so does not necessarily rule it out. I doubt Toronto have made him an offer yet, but if one comes it is likely to be on reduced terms given his status as their fourth-choice central defender in the playoffs. It makes sense for Williams, therefore, to keep his options open.

Lovitz is too old to qualify for a reserve roster spot so the $63,000 minimum salary he was earning last year - and that Toronto have decided not to extend - cannot decrease any further. For that reason he is almost certainly gone and probably looking at a USL club in 2017 unless he can impress at an MLS preseason training camp.