Key players have switched teams.Long-tenured club players in Major League Soccer change organizations every offseason, but the MLS re-entry draft has accelerated that process, resulting in roster shake-ups of previously unprecedented proportions.
The biggest move in Wednesday's edition of the draft may have been striker Juan Pablo Angel to the Los Angeles Galaxy, but the first pick of the new selection option went to D.C. United, who chose another forward, veteran Josh Wolff.
Chivas USA brought defender Jimmy Conrad on board, bringing him back to the West Coast, while in the East, the New England Revolution opted for Ryan Cochrane.
It was the fourth pick that raised some eyebrows, but considering Galaxy coach Bruce Arena had brought Angel to the league in the first place, perhaps a reunion was not such a surprise. The Galaxy also used a later first round pick to bring in former Red Bulls player Luke Sassano.
The Chicago Fire meanwhile, sought the services of defender Cory Gibbs.
In an interesting goalkeeper move, Chris Seitz was picked up by the Seattle Sounders.
Jeff Cunningham, meanwhile, was picked up by a former team, the Columbus Crew, for which he still owns a number of scoring records.
MLS Cup winners, the Colorado Rapids, selected up veteran defender Tyrone Marshall.
The Revolution rounded out the draft by nabbing Fred in the only second round pick.
The various teams still have to come to contract terms with the players selected and rights to the selected playes can be traded.
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