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#DispersalDraft and the #NERevs 5th overall selection

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Who might New England select, if anyone with the fifth overall draft spot? In my opinion three names stand out and this is taking into account age, salary, 2014 stats, position, nationality, and the needs of the Revolution naturally. Leandro Barrea, Eric Avila, and Andrew Jean Baptiste are players I believe New England should consider selecting. Baptiste was not used too much by Chivas USA but he is still very young at only 22 years of age. He was taken 8th overall by Portland in 2012 and made 31 appearances, scoring two goals in his 2013 season. This experience as well as his ties to New England as a UCONN product make him an attractive target as a potential future replacement for 29 year old Jose Goncalves. Andrew Jean Baptiste could also step in right away and perhaps fill in as a back up, replacing McCarthy who has had an…

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#DispersalDraft and the #NERevs 5th overall selection

Who might New England select, if anyone with the fifth overall draft spot? In my opinion three names stand out and this is taking into account age, salary, 2014 stats, position, nationality, and the needs of the Revolution naturally. Leandro Barrea, Eric Avila, and Andrew Jean Baptiste are players I believe New England should consider selecting. Baptiste was not used too much by Chivas USA but he is still very young at only 22 years of age. He was taken 8th overall by Portland in 2012 and made 31 appearances, scoring two goals in his 2013 season. This experience as well as his ties to New England as a UCONN product make him an attractive target as a potential future replacement for 29 year old Jose Goncalves. Andrew Jean Baptiste could also step in right away and perhaps fill in as a back up, replacing McCarthy who has had an injury plagued career so far and is coming off surgery. Eric Avila is one of very few players on the Chivas roster who can’t be called too old or too young, he’s right in that Goldilocks zone at 26 years old. He’s been in the league since 2008 (FCD) and Chivas USA was his 3rd club. Avila’s salary isn’t cheap but it also isn’t high much like Baptiste. What makes Avila an attractive player aside from his years in the league and age is that fact that Chivas USA played him a lot in 2014. Eric was also a starter in seven Chivas wins and played in three different positions, mainly RB and on the left wing. That kind of versatility can go a long way as a depth piece. Leandro Barrea would take an international slot unlike Andrew and Eric but his low salary makes him an interesting player. The 23 year old from Argentina can play as a striker or on the left wing and aside from ‘Cubo’ Torres he had more shots than anyone on the Chivas USA roster. Like Avila, Barrea was a player that was highly utilized in his 2014 season. These three players stand out as potential picks for a team like the Revolution but it’s worth noting some other players of value. Forward Felix Borja scored three goals all of which were game winners and his salary is as low as can be but he’s 31 and an international. Like Borja, Bolanos is both from Ecuador, super cheap, and has lots of experience from his time as a professional. Marvin Chaves on the other hand is not cheap but he was a vital player in San Jose’s Shield winning squad of 2012. Ryan Finley was a 9th overall pick in 2013 and staying with youthful strikers Kristopher Typrak had a better goals to minutes ratio than ‘Cubo’. Defender Donald Toia who played as a starter for Chivas USA was good enough to be signed to a homegrown contract in the RSL system and can play on the right and left side of the back line. If youth isn’t your game, 27 year old Nathan Sturgis can provide some quality depth to any midfield. At 230K a year Dan Kennedy is not very affordable at all for a 32 year old keeper but someone may need him enough too pay the price perhaps. No one is likely to shell out the dough to sign Nigel Reo Coker though. The four teams that pick prior to the Rev’s are Dallas, NYCFC, Sporting, and D.C.

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#ChivasUSA #DispersalDraft and how the #NERevs could benefit

As you may or may not know Major League Soccer is contracting a team this off-season. The club known as Chivas USA will be no more and as a result the league will be holding a Dispersal Draft. The draft will be held on November 19th and will allow teams the opportunity to sign the newly made available players. Those players will not include Carlos Bocanegra, who is retiring and Eric “Cubo” Torres, who is still in negotiations with the league over a buyout of his contract. Torres was on loan with Chivas USA and thus not their product. This is also the case with Eriq Zavaleta who was loaned to Chivas USA by the Seattle Sounders on February 28th, for one year and Martin Rivero (Rosario). Despite losing a team, MLS will actually have one more team in 2015 than in 2014 since NYCFC and OCSC will be joining. Both these clubs will be allowed to participate in the draft which will be a weighted draft based on playoff status. Since these are new clubs they will given non playoff team status. Envelopes will be drawn by a league official to determine the draft order with playoff teams having just one and non playoff team having two envelopes. This gives us thirty total envelopes with a third of those being playoff teams meaning those teams, which include New England, have a 33% chance at being picked first overall. That being said who might the club select (if anyone) should they get the lucky draw. In my opinion three names stand out and this is taking into account age, salary, 2014 stats, position, nationality, and the needs of the Revolution naturally. Leandro Barrea, Eric Avila, and Andrew Jean Baptiste are players I believe New England should consider selecting. Baptiste was not used too much by Chivas USA but he is still very young at only 22 years of age. He was taken 8th overall by Portland in 2012 and made 31 appearances, scoring two goals in his 2013 season. This experience as well as his ties to New England as a UCONN product make him an attractive target as a potential future replacement for 29 year old Jose Goncalves. Andrew Jean Baptiste could also step in right away and perhaps fill in as a back up, replacing McCarthy who has had an injury plagued career so far and is coming off surgery. Eric Avila is one of very few players on the Chivas roster who can’t be called too old or too young, he’s right in that goldilocks zone at 26 years old. He’s been in the league since 2008 (FCD) and Chivas USA was his 3rd club. Avila’s salary isn’t cheap but it also isn’t high much like Baptiste. What makes Avila an attractive player aside from his years in the league and age is that fact that Chivas USA played him a lot in 2014. Eric was also a starter in seven Chivas wins and played in three different positions mainly RB and LW. That kind of versatility can go a long way as a depth piece. Leandro Barrea would take an international slot unlike Andrew and Eric but his low salary makes him an interesting player. The 23 year old from Argentina can play as a striker or on the left wing and aside from ‘Cubo’ Torres he had more shots than anyone on the Chivas USA roster. Like Avila, Barrea was a player that was highly utilized in his 2014 season. These three players stand out as potential #1 picks for a team like the Revolution but it worth noting some other players of value. Forward Felix Borja scored three goals all of which were game winners and his salary is as low as can be but he’s 31 and an international. Like Borja, Bolanos is both from Ecuador, super cheap, and has lots of experience from his time as a professional. Marvin Chaves on the other hand is not cheap but he was a vital player in San Jose’s Shield winning squad of 2012. Ryan Finley was a 9th overall pick in 2013 and staying with youthful strikers Kristopher Typrak had a better goals to minutes ratio than ‘Cubo’. Defender Donald Toia who played as a starter for Chivas USA was good enough to be signed to a homegrown contract in the RSL system and can play on the right and left side of the back line. If youth isn’t your game 27 year old Nathan Sturgis can provide some quality depth to any midfield. At 230K a year Dan Kennedy is not very affordable at all for a 32 year old keeper but someone may need him enough too pay the price perhaps. No one is likely to shell out the dough to sign Nigel Reo Coker though.

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