Some unexpected fireworks were created on Thursday during Stage One of the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft.
The first stage of the re-entry process featured 57 eligible players with D.C. United containing the first pick.
However, it was not D.C. that sent shock waves throughout the league with their pick, as that job was done by the Portland Timbers.
Just before the re-entry draft began at 3 p.m. ET, the Timbers traded defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste and the No. 17 pick in the re-entry draft to Chivas USA for the No. 2 pick and Jorge Villafana.
After the deal was announced, the Timbers got down to business and opted to choose former Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani with their pick.
The pick of Zakuani, who has not been the same player since breaking his leg in 2011, thickened the plot of one of the biggest rivalries in North America just a bit more.
Zakuani's selection was later deemed a necessity by most as it was revealed that Rodney Wallace had undergone surgery for a torn ACL that was suffered in the playoffs against Real Salt Lake.
So why is Zakuani pick so big for Portland? Sources have confirmed to me Timbers forward Rodney Wallace suffered a torn ACL vs. RSL #RCTID— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) December 12, 2013
Zakuani will be able to fill the void left open by Wallace in midfield, and he will look to attain the success he had at Akron during his collegiate days as he will link up with his former collegiate head coach Caleb Porter in the Rose City.
Mark it down: Porter is going to figure out a way to make @stevezakuani11 more effective than he's ever been. Seriously.— Jonah Freedman (@jonahfreedman) December 12, 2013
D.C. left the first stage of the process with two new players as they selected defender Sean Franklin with the first pick and another defender, Bobby Boswell, with the 20th overall pick.
Only two other selections were made in the first stage of the re-entry draft, a stage that is usually very quiet.
Philadelphia selected Corben Bone, a midfielder who played with Chicago last season, with the sixth pick, and Colorado took defender Marc Burch, previously of the Sounders, with the 13th pick.
The second stage of the process will be held via conference call on Wednesday, and the folks at MLSSoccer.com do a great job of detailing the entire process in this article.
With the selection of the five players on Thursday, 52 players will be eligible for selection on Wednesday with the same order being in tact for the second stage.
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