First round of Re-Entry Draft saw all teams pass except D.C. United and Columbus. The second round will take place December 15.An uneventful first stage of the first-ever MLS Re-Entry Draft took place Wednesday, with just two players selected.
D.C. United selected forward Joseph Ngwenya from Houston, while Columbus picked up defender Aaron Hohlbein of Sporting Kansas City.
Both players had their contracts picked up by their new teams in the inaugural event. There were 33 players who went unselected. These players now have another week to negotiate a new deal with their old teams before the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft takes place on December 15. Players selected on December 15 will be able to negotiate a new deal with the club that selects them.
Ngwenya, 29, a six-year veteran, was targeted by D.C. head coach Ben Olsen.
“Joe is a guy that I always thought posed big problems for defenses in our League,” Olsen told mlssoccer.com. “He is an athletic guy that knows how to play the game, and I really do believe that his best days are ahead of him.”
Hohlbein, 25, played four seasons in Kansas City, shuffling in and out of the starting lineup. He can play defense or midfield.
Some big names not selected Wednesday include Juan Pablo Angel, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Jimmy Conrad, Frankie Hejduk and Josh Wolff.
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