2010 MLS Expansion Draft: The Best 11 Available

Deleted UserContributor IINovember 23, 2010

2010 MLS Expansion Draft: The Best 11 Available

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    PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 14: Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber addresses the crowd during the 2010 MLS SuperDraft on January 14, 2010 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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    Earlier today, the 16 MLS clubs announced their protected players from being selected by Portland Timbers or Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft

    One thing I noticed from the list was the mass of talent that could be not only a playoff-bound club, but a club finishing inside the top five. At least...I believe it's possible.

    After analyzing the list, I have come to a best starting XI combination of available players using a 4-4-2 formation (a goalie, four defenders, four midfielders, and two strikers).

    We will start out with the goalie which would be...

Troy Perkins (GK)

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    HARRISON, NJ - JULY 10: Golakeeper Troy Perkins #23 of D.C. United punches the ball out of his zone against the New York Red Bulls during their game at Red Bull Arena on July 10, 2010 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
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    Current Club: D.C. United

    You might think I'm out of my mind to even remotely consider a D.C. United player. Perhaps, but I believe a lot of Perkins' hardships from the Black-and-Red came from their horrifying back line, which was practically nonexistent the entire year. 

    He has had his fair share of success during the majority of the season, making several saves to keep the United...well...from even more embarrassing defeats. A fresh start in either Portland and Vancouver might be what he needs.

    Now on to the back-four...

Daniel Hernandez (DF)

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 21:  Captain Pablo Mastroeni #25 of the Colorado Rapids battles for the ball against Daniel Hernandez #2 of FC Dallas during the first half of the 2010 MLS Cup match at BMO Field on November 21, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by A
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    Current club: FC Dallas

    I would worry a bit about his knee surgery, but I feel he could recover promptly enough for the season to begin. He did, after-all, play with an injury in the MLS Cup Playoffs, and didn't do all that bad.

Frankie Hejduk (DF)

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 24:  Frankie Hejduk #2  of the Columbus Crew controls the ball against the Philadelphia Union on October 24, 2010 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Current Club: Columbus Crew

    Columbus couldn't have made it any more evident that they are stripping themselves of their aging core and rebuilding themselves. So in other words, Columbus is a team that will not be close to snatching a playoff spot. 

    Even though Hejduk is in his late 30s, the shape and performances he has given on a consistent basis could mean about two or three years left in his career. And no better defender than Hejduk in terms of experience in the Expansion Draft. I could see him being the defensive leader more likely for Portland...since Vancouver already has Jay DeMerit.

Andrew Boyens (DF)

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    HARRISON, NJ - APRIL 27:  Andrew Boyens #27 of the New York Red Bulls plays the ball against the Philadelphia Union during the US Open Cup qualifying match on April 27, 2010 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Red Bulls defeated the Union 2-1.  (Ph
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    Current club: New York Red Bulls

    With the rise of Tim Ream and company, Boyens has not seen a lot of playing time. He's had much experience and it can be a golden opportunity to become a main-stay defender on a club.

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 25:  Kei Kamara #23 of the Kansas City Wizards shoots as Kyle Davies #15 of FC Dallas defends during the game on September 25, 2010 at Community America Ballpark in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Dax McCarty (MF)

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    Current Club: FC Dallas

    A tough, smart and aggressive midfielder like McCarty makes me wonder why on Earth FC Dallas would be willing to see him go to the Pacific Northwest.

Roger Levesque (MF)

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    FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 4:  Roger Levesque #24 of the Seattle Sounders FC acknowledges the crowd at the end of a game against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images)
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    Current Club: Seattle Sounders FC

    Going to either club would cause unanimous dissent to Levesque anytime he'd enter Qwest. A player that always puts in effort could receive much more playing time in the City of Roses or north of the border.

Mike Magee (MF)

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    CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Jackson Goncalves #6 of FC Dallas and Mike Magee #18 of the Los Angeles Galaxy vie for position to the ball in the first half during the MLS match on October 24, 2010 in Carson, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Imag
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    Current Club: Los Angeles Galaxy

    It goes without saying that any player on the Galaxy who is not David Beckham, Landon Donovan or Edson Buddle is going to be in the shadows.

    A hardworking, rather underrated player would fit perfectly into either Portland or Vancouver's mix, based upon how the two sides are structuring their squads.

Fred (MF)

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    SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Fred #7 of the Philadelphia Union pushes the ball up the field against the San Jose Earthquakes on September 15, 2010 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Earthquakes won 1-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Imag
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    Current club: Philadelphia Union

    Either Portland or Vancouver will need an experienced midfielder to control the pace and tempo. Fred seems the right type of person who can also bag some goals, and also set up goals.

Chad Barrett (FW)

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    CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Michael Lahoud #11 of Chivas USA slides in for the tackle on Chad Barrett #19 of Toronto FC in the first half during the MLS match on October 9, 2010 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Ge
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    Current club: Toronto FC

    He's young, but has experience in the league and is a frequent goalscorer for the Reds. Maybe he can use his talent to give either Portland or Vancouver a playoff push or...close to one. 

Jeff Cunningham (FW)

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    FRISCO, TX - OCTOBER 9:  Jeff Cunningham #9 of FC Dallas warms up before the start of the game against the Colorado Rapids at Pizza Hut Park on October 9, 2010 in Frisco, Texas.  (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
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    Current club: FC Dallas

    Cunningham is still scoring goals, and probably has about five to six years left in him. He should easily pass Jaime Moreno for the crown of being the top scorer in league history. Having two strikers capable of bagging goals regularly is a nice feature for any club.

    I mean, look what it did for Colorado Rapids...

The Bench (Honorable Mentions)

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    KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 10: Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy #1 of Chivas USA substitutes for Zach Thornton #22 (not pictured) after an injury against the Kansas City Wizards defends at CommunityAmerica Ballpark July 10, 2010 in Kansas City, Kansas. Chivas USA defea
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    They wouldn't make my starting 11, but I wouldn't mind putting anyone of these guys on the pitch:

    MF Sinisa Ubiparipovic New York Red Bulls
    MF Patrick Ianni Seattle Sounders FC
    FW Atiba Harris FC Dallas
    FW Collins John Chicago Fire 
    DF  Tyson Wahl Seattle Sounders FC
    DF  Jesus Padilla Chivas USA 
    GK  Josh Saunders Los Angeles Galaxy 

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