MLS conducted Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft process on Monday, with three players finding a new team. Defender Danleigh Borman was selected by the New England Revolution, midfielder Arturo Alvarez was picked up by Chivas USA and defender Carlos Mendes went to the Columbus Crew.
The Re-Entry Draft is a mechanism whereby teams can acquire players who are out of contract with other MLS teams or had their option declined, at a certain percentage of their previous salary.
Both Borman and Alvarez were out of contract, and MLS will extend them a Bona Fide Offer to play for their selecting club, which they can accept or reject. Should a player reject a Bona Fide Offer, the selecting club will have right of first refusal in MLS.
As Mendes did not have his option picked up by the New York Red Bulls, he joins the Crew's roster under the terms of his option.
Only three players were selected out of the 54 players available, but more could go in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft, which is set for Dec. 12. Furthermore, between Dec. 5 and Dec. 9, clubs may sign or sign and trade any of their own players eligible for the draft.