A look at top players available in the MLS offseason market

MLS teams are already busy revamping their rosters before they've even hit the winter international market. Ives Galarcep looks at the best available players.

The champagne and confetti has been cleaned up, and you would imagine many Portland Timbers players have already embarked on well-earned vacations. But even though the 2015 MLS season only just ended days ago, the chase to try and and experience next year what the Timbers just experienced is already on.

The first steps toward roster building are under way across the league, and while many teams have already shed players and even traded players, the next month is going to be very interesting as free agents hit the MLS market for the first time and a good collection of veterans go into Friday's second phase of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

There may not be as much top talent around as there was after the 2013 season, when D.C. United scooped up the likes of Bobby Boswell and Fabian Espindola in the Re-Entry Draft, moves that helped D.C. go from posting the worst record in the league to finish first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.

With players such as Seth Sinovic re-signing with Sporting KC, and Steven Beitashour reportedly being traded by Vancouver to Toronto FC, teams may not find quite as deep a selection of options in Friday's Re-Entry Draft, but there are still several players who could help fill a void, or even provide an upgrade.

Here are the top targets in free agency, as well as the players to watch for in Friday's MLS Re-Entry Draft:


MIKE MAGEE: The 2013 MLS MVP has spent much of the past two years injured, but teams aren't likely to forget what a natural finisher he is. He won't be returning to the Chicago Fire, but there are several teams that could use his offense, such as D.C. United, Philadelphia, New York City FC and Vancouver.

NED GRABAVOY: When Jason Kreis was given the boot by NYCFC, it figured that Grabavoy would follow him out the door. The skilled central midfield still boasts enough quality to be an MLS starter, and teams interested in adding depth in midfields on teams where possession is a priority will line up. 

JUSTIN MAPP: Quality wingers are invaluable in a league where there aren't a ton of them, and Mapp was looking poised for a big year before injuring his elbow and missing a majority of the 2015 season. Teams like Sporting Kansas City, Houston, D.C. United and San Jose could use his presence on the right wing.

COREY ASHE: Good left backs aren't easy to come by, and Ashe is certainly still an above average player at the position. Ashe turns 30 early in the 2016 season, but has plenty left in the tank. Teams such as San Jose, NYCFC, Portland and Philadelphia could be in the market for him.

PAULO NAGAMURA: Though he is reportedly still in talks with Sporting Kansas City about potentially re-signing, Nagamura is still technically a free agent. His experience and leadership in central midfield could be vital for a young team that needs some stability in the middle. The Chicago Fire, D.C. United and Colorado could use him.


CHRIS SCHULER: Though he has been injury prone, Schuler is capable of being one of the league's best central defenders when he's healthy. Will someone take a flier on him? 

TALLY HALL: The veteran goalkeeper was a surprise cut by Orlando City, though reports suggest the club has other goalkeepers already lined up to replace the former Houston Dynamo. With more time to fully recover from his torn ACL, Hall should be due for a bounce-back year in 2016, making him a prime target for teams needing help in goal. The LA Galaxy are one team that stands out as needing a new goalkeeper.

MARCO PAPPA: The Guatemalan midfielder became expendable in Seattle last season, but he remains a very talented winger who will be enticing to teams that need some dynamism in midfield. D.C. United would be a good home for him, as would the New York Red Bulls and the Colorado Rapids.

OSCAR BONIEK GARCIA: The Honduran international hasn't quite flashed the quickness and attacking quality he did two years ago, but he remains a very good right wing option. Could a reunion with Dom Kinnear in San Jose be in the works? The Earthquakes are one of a handful of teams Garcia would make sense on, including D.C. United and Sporting KC.

ZAC MACMATH: After spending a year on loan with the Colorado Rapids, and making just three appearances, MacMath has become a bit of a forgotten goalkeeper. It's easy to forget that he was coming into his own in the summer of 2014 before the Philadelphia Union botched their goalkeeper position and signed Rais M'Bohli. MacMath is still only 24 and could develop into a solid starter. Orlando City could be tempted to grab the Florida native, as could NYCFC.