Seattle Sounders Lose Two in MLS Re-Entry Draft


The Seattle Sounders have lost two more players in the MLS Re-Entry Draft. MLS is wacky with all of the drafts they have. Back in November, MLS held a dispersal draft for the now defunct Chivas USA. On December 10th, the expansion draft was held allowing the new teams, Orlando City SC and New York City FC, have their pick at the players that were left unprotected by their current club. December 12th saw Phase One of the re-entry draft take place. Phase Two took place on Thursday December 18th.

Are you confused yet?

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So far this year, the Sounders have lost three players to all these drafts. Phase Two of the re-entry draft is a little different from Phase One. Here is the run down for Phase One:

  • Players who are at least 23 years old and have a minimum of three years experience in MLS whose options were not exercised by their clubs (available at option salary for 2015).
  • Players who are at least 25 years old with a minimum of four years of MLS experience who are out of contract and whose club does not wish to re-sign them at their previous salary (available for at least their 2014 salary).
  • Players who are at least 30 years old with a minimum of eight years of MLS experience who are out of contract and whose club does not wish to re-sign them (available for at least 105% of their 2014 salary)

Players who are not selected in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft will be made available in Stage 2. Clubs selecting players in Stage 2 will negotiate a new salary with the player. Players who remain unselected after Stage 2 will be available to any MLS club on a first come, first serve basis.

Are you still confused?

I digress. The Sounders lost former goalkeeper Josh Ford and forward Tristan Bowen. Ford was never able to crack the starting lineup as a member of the Sounders. It will also be extremely hard for him to crack the Starting XI with the likes of Tally Hall and Donovan Ricketts in front of him in Orlando.

Bowen only played one season with the club and mainly played at the reserve level. Bowen has a ton of potential but can never quite reach it. I liked what I saw in him when he played for the first team.  I really hope Bowen can find some playing time in New England. The potential Bowen has with both Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen is scary to think about.

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It was not to be for either player and I would like to wish the best to both of them.

By now you all know the old saying. Once a Sounder, Always a Sounder. It’s true with these two.