Six teams combined to select eight players during Stage 2 of Major League Soccer’s Re-Entry Draft on Thursday. The Re-Entry Draft serves as MLS’s mechanism by which the league re-allocates players whose previous contracts have expired, or who have not had contract options exercised by their previous team.
The San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo, two teams who missed the playoffs and finished near the bottom of the league in 2014, were the most active clubs during Stage 2, each picking up a pair of players ahead of the 2015 season.
The full Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 results (exclusion indicates clubs who passed on their selection):
1. Montreal Impact – Bakary Soumare, D (from Chicago Fire)
2. San Jose Earthquakes – Marvell Wynne, D (from Colorado Rapids)
5. Houston Dynamo – Chandler Hoffman, F (from LA Galaxy)
12. FC Dallas – Atiba Harris, M (from Colorado Rapids)
17. New England Revolution – Tristan Bowen, F (from Seattle Sounders)
20. Orlando City SC – Josh Forde, GK (from Seattle Sounders
22. San Jose Earthquakes – Sanna Nyassi, M (from Montreal Impact)
23. Houston Dynamo – Nathan Sturgis, M (from Chivas USA)
Soumare returned to MLS when he signed with the Philadelphia Union in June 2012 after a three-year stint with the Fire (2007-09) landed him a contract with US Boulogne (France). In May 2013, Soumare was traded back to Chicago, where he made 47 total starts in 2013 and 2014.
Wynne made over 125 starts for the Rapids during his five-year stay with the club. Capable of playing both right back and center back, giving first-year Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear a starter with huge MLS experience (227 starts in his nine-year career).
Hoffman, 24, scored 13 goals in 17 games for LA Galaxy II, the MLS side’s USL PRO (third division) side, in 2014. He has made 15 total MLS appearances (two starts) for the Union and Galaxy, netting zero goals.
Clubs will now be able to negotiate new contract terms with players selected during Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft, unlike Stage 1, which was held last week.