Orlando City Passes In Chivas USA Dispersal Draft

“With the seventh pick in the 2014 Chivas USA Dispersal Draft, Orlando City SC has selected…nobody?

At least, that’s what MLS commissioner Don Garber might have said had the draft not taken place in an unceremonious conference call inside the Cone of Silence (outside of a few tweets from Sporting KC’s broadcaster, Cal Williams, who was silenced after just a few picks). To be fair, I don’t think anyone in their right mind would have rented out Radio City Music Hall to celebrate Chivas USA’s current roster.

We’ll have to wait a while longer to find out who will be the 10th player officially under contract with Orlando City. We’re still two players away from fielding a team! (Note: the addition of goalkeeper Tally Hall is still unofficial.)

There were some potentially useful players on the Chivas USA roster, but either they were deemed too expensive or the wrong fit for Adrian Heath’s needs, or perhaps they targeted one of the four players chosen ahead of their pick and did not feel the other players were worth taking a chance on.

The good news is that the six previously existing teams that drafted a Chivas player (FC Dallas, DC United, Montreal Impact, Colorado Rapids, San Jose Earthquakes and Toronto FC) will now have more to think about when deciding who to leave unprotected in the Expansion Draft next month. Dispersal Draft players are considered off-limits but their presence may lead to other guys being available (a goalkeeper in Dallas, for example).

The Lions still might be able to add some of the players they passed on today, either in the re-entry or waiver drafts. Doing so might give them more flexibility in regard to the players’ contracts.

The club released this announcement via Twitter after today’s draft conference call.

Here are your complete Dispersal Draft results:

FC Dallas Dan Kennedy
New York City FC Matthew Dunn
Sporting Kansas City Pass
D.C. United Thomas McNamara
New England Revolution Pass
Montreal Impact Donny Toia
Orlando City SC Pass
Colorado Rapids Caleb Calvert
San Jose Earthquakes Kristopher Tyrpak
Real Salt Lake Pass
Houston Dynamo Pass
Portland Timbers Pass
Chicago Fire Pass
Toronto FC Marco Delgado
Columbus Crew SC Pass
LA Galaxy Pass
Philadelphia Union Pass
New York Red Bulls Pass
Seattle Sounders FC Pass
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Pass






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