De Rosario returns to Toronto, Espindola heads to D.C. in second stage of MLS Re-Entry Draft

Toronto's all-time leading scorer is headed home while several other MLS clubs sought to fill weaknesses in the second stage.

Dwayne De Rosario, Toronto FC's all-time leading scorer, will likely return to his hometown team after being selected by TFC in the second stage of Wednesday's MLS Re-Entry Draft.

The move headlined a day that saw five teams combine to make eight selections as the offseason carousel continues spinning.

De Rosario's former team, D.C. United, took forward Fabian Espindola with the first pick of the round, which requires teams to make a bona fide offer within seven days. If the player and team can't reach an agreement, then the club retains the right of first refusal should that player attempt to play in MLS.

Espindola would be joining the capital club from the New York Red Bulls, though he made more than 100 appearances across two stints with Real Salt Lake. The 28-year-old will join recently acquired Eddie Johnson on what should be a much-improved D.C. United attack.

United also selected Canadian defender Nana Attakora in the draft.

The San Jose Earthquakes sought back line help after they traded right back Justin Morrow to Toronto FC and revealed left back Steven Beitashour, who is out of contract, will likely move to a European club. The Quakes selected Jamaican international and ex-Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew defender Shaun Francis with their first pick and took former New York Red Bulls defender Brandon Barklage with their second.

Veteran forward Chad Barrett had his rights acquired by the Seattle Sounders after playing last season with the New England Revolution. Seattle also grabbed a younger forward in 23-year-old Corey Hertzog, who was with the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps selected Mehdi Ballouchy.

Five players were selected during last week's first round, in which teams had to pick up players' current contract options. Players who were eligible for the re-entry draft but were not selected are now eligible to negotiate with any club.

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