Major League Soccer held its 2010 Expansion Draft Wednesday for the League’s 17th and 18th teams, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. The two teams selected 10 players each, from 12 of the 16 MLS teams, to begin constructing their roster for the 2011 season including defender Eric Brunner and midfielder Adam Moffat who were selected by Portland.
The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps will both be members of the Western Conference. The Timbers will play in the newly renovated PGE Park slated to re-open in time for their inaugural MLS season to begin while the Whitecaps will begin play at Empire Field, a temporary stadium erected while their new soccer-specific BC Field is being built. BC Field is slated to open in the summer of 2011
The 24-year-old Brunner was originally signed by the Crew on May 18, 2009, after acquiring his rights from the New York Red Bulls. The Dublin, Ohio native made 39 appearances, 36 of them starts, in his two seasons with the Black & Gold, recording two goals and one assist in that time. Adam Moffat was signed by the Crew via discovery on Sept. 18, 2007. A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Moffat saw action in 44 games 36 of them starts. During his tenure in Black & Gold he scored five goals, recorded one assist and was instrumental in helping the Crew win two Supporters Shields and the 2008 MLS Cup.
“We are sorry to see both Adam and Eric go in the expansion draft,” said Crew technical director Brian Bliss. “Moffat was a very important part of a team that won three major trophies while Brunner was extremely helpful in the back line these past couple of years. Both players are great professionals and we wish them all the best in Portland.”
Four teams did not have a player selected – Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls. Each of the League’s 16 teams was allowed to protect 11 players, leaving all others unprotected and available for selection by Portland and Vancouver. No more than two players were allowed to be selected from each team and once the first player was selected, each team was able to protect one additional player.
Below is the complete list of players selected in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft:
|Sanna Nyassi (SEA; Patrick Ianni protected)|
|Atiba Harris (DAL; Dallas removed from draft)|
Adam Moffat (CLB; Columbus removed from draft)
|Nathan Sturgis (SEA; Seattle removed from draft)|
|Shea Salinas (PHI; Chris Seitz protected)|
|Alan Gordon (CHV; Mariano Trujillo protected)|
Robbie Findley (RSL; Salt Lake removed from draft)
|O'Brian White (TOR; Julian de Guzman protected)|
|Alejandro Moreno (PHI; Philadelphia removed from draft)|
Jonathan Bornstein (CHV; Chivas removed from draft)
|Joe Cannon (SJ; Tim Ward protected)|
|Jonathan Leathers (KC; Eric Kronberg protected)|
Arturo Alvarez (SJ; San Jose removed from draft)
|John Thorrington (CHI)|