The 2010 MLS Expansion Draft (Wednesday, 2 p.m. ET) has presented new Major League Soccer clubs Portland and Vancouver with some interesting choices.
MLSsoccer.com's Extra Time Radio Soccer Podcast will have live coverage of the draft from 1:45 p.m.
There is a rumour floating about the league site that Toronto midfielder Julian de Guzman is ripe for picking by Vancouver. It started yesterday in Matthew Doyle's Predicting the Expansion Draft and picked up steam again this morning, with league writer Simon Borg linking to a Winnipeg Free Press article in which Vancouver President Bob Lenarduzzi says he is surprised to see the Canadian unprotected by TFC.
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In the same article Toronto interim director of soccer Earl Cochrane explains that leaving de Guzman exposed is a strategic decision and he is "a guy that we want to be here, (but) in order to protect some pieces around him, it was a calculated risk."
In the aforementioned Borg article, another piece is revealed about supposedly 'retired' D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno. The all-time MLS goal scoring leader (edging Jeff Cunningham 133-132 at present) says he is not finished playing and is available in the draft.
On Toronto FC's Facebook page there are many comments from fans making their feelings known about the unprotected list. A steady stream of support has flowed in to the page for striker Chad Barrett. Leaving him unprotected may be another strategic move by Cochrane. As goal.com correspondent Kyle McCarthy points out, Barrett commands a decent salary by MLS standards, and Toronto may have left him exposed understanding that this may be a deterrent to him being selected.
Toronto interim director of soccer Earl Cochrane will be holding a media conference call Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.
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