7 MLS Players the Montreal Impact Should Choose in Expansion Draft

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2011

7 MLS Players the Montreal Impact Should Choose in Expansion Draft

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    It has now become a yearly tradition in the week after MLS Cup to have an expansion draft held by MLS.

    On Wednesday, the league's 19th team—the Montreal Impact—will select up to 10 players to be on its roster for the squad's inaugural season in 2012.

    There are plenty of big names out on the market after the other 18 teams released the list of players they have chosen to protect.

    Here are seven players that the Impact should select in the expansion draft on Wednesday.

Brian Ching

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    Just days after losing in MLS Cup with the Houston Dynamo, Ching could be on his way out of Houston.

    Ching has been with the Houston franchise since their time in San Jose in 2003 and may be on his way out.

    Having Ching up front would give Montreal an experienced MLS forward who has scored 76 goals with his current team and 11 international goals as well for the United States.

Julian De Guzman

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    De Guzman has been at the center of the Toronto FC midfield since 2009 when he joined from Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga.

    This is the second year in a row in which the Canadian has been unprotected by his current club and he could move to a fellow Canadian club on Wednesday.

    Not only would De Guzman be a good fit to solidify the midfield but he is also Canadian and will give Impact fans a local player to cheer for.

Sanna Nyassi

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    Nyassi was selected in last season's expansion draft by Vancouver and was then shipped to the Colorado Rapids, where he made 26 appearances this season.

    The Gambia international impressed while with the Seattle Sounders and could well be on his way to play for his third different expansion team in four seasons.

Andy Williams

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    If the Impact want a chance to contend next season, they need a strong distributor on the wing and that man could be Andy Williams.

    Williams has played that role for Real Salt Lake since 2005 and has been a veteran of MLS being in the league since 1998.

Bobby Convey

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    Convey has impressed MLS fans with his midfield play ever since coming back to the states in 2009 after five years with Reading in England.

    The 28 year-old still has plenty of years left in his legs and is versatile as well playing mostly on the left side of midfield but he can also play at left back if needed.

Chris Birchall

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    Birchall has been a stalwart in midfield for the Los Angeles Galaxy over the past two seasons and could leave the team after winning MLS Cup on Sunday.

    The Trinidad and Tobago international has made over 20 starts in each of his two full seasons with Galaxy after coming over from Port Vale in England in the summer of 2009.

Chris Seitz

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    Seitz was on the track to rise to stardom as the next top American goalkeeper a few years ago but he has faded away from the spotlight in the past few years.

    After being selected by the Philadelphia Union in the 2010 expansion draft from Real Salt Lake, Seitz ended up at FC Dallas this season but he only made one start.

    Ending up in Montreal with an expansion team as young goalkeeper that still has time to mature would be a perfect situation for the 24-year old American.