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Marvell Wynne, Bakary Soumare headline Stage 2 of MLS Re-Entry Draft results

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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):

First round

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

Second round

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.

Adam Moffat traded again, sent to FC Dallas for rights to Kenny Cooper

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A busy day of Major League Soccer movement continues, as the Seattle Sounders have once again put Scottish midfielder Adam Moffat on the move.

The 27-year-old veteran was sent back to Texas, this time to FC Dallas for the rights to negotiate a contract with Kenny Cooper.

It’s the second time Moffat has been traded in the last four months, with Seattle acquiring him from Houston in September for Servando Carrasco and a SuperDraft pick.

Seattle continues to revamp their squad, with their fourth trade this week molding and shaping the look of the team.

Just recently, the Sounders added defender Chad Marshall from Columbus, sent Maurio Rosales to Chivas for Tristan Bowen, and picked up goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

They may not be done either, with the future of Eddie Johnson in the balance thanks to Cooper’s arrival.

Dallas certainly will appreciate the addition of Moffat’s veteran presence in the midfield, but they were forced to give up a pure goal scorer, leaving Blas Perez all alone for the moment as their major goalscoring threat.

Cooper, coming off an 18-goal season in 2012 in New York, struggled for much of last season with FC Dallas. He bagged just six goals in 31 appearances and was relegated to substitute duties for much of the second half of the year.

The 29-year-old striker will still need to work out a contract with Seattle.  He made $342,000 last year in Dallas.

It’s been known for a bit that Cooper’s days with Dallas were numbered when he couldn’t come to terms on a new contract with Dallas.  However, with his removal yesterday from the re-entry draft just hours before it began, it appeared something was on the cards.

A word of warning on the moves from D.C. United, Seattle Sounders

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Be not fooled by these moves involving names you know in Seattle and at D.C. United. There is a lot more work to be done, and perhaps a shift in philosophies is even in order at both MLS addresses.

For Seattle, moving Mauro Rosales to Chivas USA was a swell stroke. Not a master stroke, but a good bit of business. The club was finished with Rosales, so getting anything from any club rings the bell of success. As it happens, they get Tristan Bowen, a forward who can help provide some depth once the club finds a home for Eddie Johnson.

(You don’t really think Johnson has another year at CenturyLink, do you?)

Plus, the Sounders are now No. 2 in the allocation process, a nice place to be.

All this happens a day after D.C. United added some midfield depth in Davy Arnaud.

Here’s the deal on both clubs: they have a history of favoring the splashy move over something less sexy. Less sexy usually means “spending money on quality defenders.”

(MORE: Assessing the Davy Arnaud trade for D.C. United)

Some of us have been hollering about D.C. United’s woeful defense for years. Yes, the attack at RFK was horrendous last year, and that had a lot of our poison pens jumping. But the Black and Red defense was something to hide from children, too. At 59 goals allowed, Ben Olsen’s group was second worst among 19 MLS teams.

Word to D.C. United: want to get better? Get better men to perform in front of your young, talented goalkeeper, who is too inexperienced to shepherd such a ramshackle bunch.

Seattle needs to bolster its back line, too. No, the Sounders defense wasn’t D.C. United-esque. But it wasn’t good enough for a team serious about contending for an MLS championship. It looked a little better due to protection from the league’s top holding midfielder, Osvaldo Alonso. Past that? Meh.

Seattle likes its chosen DPs to play nearer to the other goal.  So does D.C. United. In fairness, most teams do, too. But the moves ahead for these two high-profile outfits need to acknowledge a basic truth of the biz: defense wins championships.

Oh, about your newly crowned MLS Cup winners, Sporting Kansas City: Peter Vermes’ club was tops this year in goals conceded at 30, or less than one per game.