2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft: Recapping an Active Stage One of the Draft

Kevin LeeCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2013

Jun 29, 2013; Palo Alto, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy defender Sean Franklin (5) kicks the ball against the San Jose Earthquakes during the first half at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Stage One of the MLS Re-Entry Draft saw an unusual amount of activity this year. Since the draft was created in 2010, the first stage of the draft rarely saw more than a couple picks. This year, a total of five selections were made.

Previous Stage 1 Picks of the Re-Entry Draft
YearDrafted ByPlayerPositionFormer Club
2010DC UnitedJoseph NgwenyaForwardHouston Dynamo
2010Columbus CrewAaron HohlbeinDefenderSporting Kansas City
2011New England RevolutionDanleigh BormanDefenderToronto FC
2011Chivas USAArturo AlvarezMidfielderReal Salt Lake
2011Columbus CrewCarlos MendesDefenderNew York Red Bulls
2012Chicago FireMaicon SantosForwardDC United

Before the draft began, a few big names were pulled out of the pool of players who were eligible for the Re-Entry Process. Toronto FC's Bobby Convey, FC Dallas' Kenny Cooper and New England Revolution's Kevin Alston were removed from the draft. The full list of eligible players was cut down to 57.

With the first pick of the draft, D.C. United selected former LA Galaxy defender Sean Franklin. The 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year and two-time MLS Cup champion will enter his seventh year in MLS with a D.C. team that is hoping to rebound after one of the worst seasons in team history. 

D.C. also selected former Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell in the second round of the draft. All of a sudden Ben Olsen's back line already looks much better than last year's woeful defense that allowed 59 goals.

Chivas USA had the second overall pick in the draft but traded it to the Portland Timbers. The Timbers moved up in the draft while sending 21-year-old defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste to Chivas USA and receiving utility man Jorge Villafaña in return.

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 13: Steve Zakuani #11 of the Seattle Sounders FC dribbles against the New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field on April 13, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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With the second pick the Timbers selected Steve Zakuani. The former Seattle Sounders speedster has yet to return to his pre-injury form, though he should fit in well with Portland's fast-paced and dynamic offense.

The two other selections in the draft were made by the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids. Philly picked up former Chicago Fire midfielder Corben Bone, while the Rapids shored up their defense by selecting Marc Burch.

With Stage One of the draft over, teams are now getting ready for Stage Two which will be held on December 18.

News on the players who were pulled out of the draft should come soon.

With plenty of big names left such as Dwayne De Rosario, David Ferreira and Fabian Espindola, there's plenty more action and excitement to come in this first part of the offseason.

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