McCarty taken No. 1 in 2010 Expansion Draft
NEW YORK – The pre-draft speculation had FC Dallas central
midfielder Dax McCarty going first in the 2010 Expansion Draft and the Portland
Timbers did not disappoint on Wednesday, making the 23-year-old their first
selection. The Timbers then turned and sent him to D.C. United in a deal that included defender Rodney Wallace moving to Portland.
The Timbers, however, made the biggest waves with their selections
of Robbie Findley (Rd. 6) and Jonathan Bornstein (Rd. 8), two US national team
players whose futures are undecided. Bornstein signed a deal with Mexican club
Tigres UANL and officially joins them in January from Chivas USA. Findley did not re-sign
with Real Salt Lake with a view toward entertaining offers from overseas clubs.
The Vancouver Whitecaps raided their Northwest rivals for many
talents. Sanna Nyassi (Rd. 1) and Nathan Sturgis (Rd. 3) were taken from
Seattle while veteran goalkeeper Joe Cannon (Rd. 8) was picked up from San
Jose. They plucked forward O'Brian White (Rd. 6) from fellow Canadian club
Toronto FC and took former Timbers forward Alan Gordon (Rd. 5 from Chivas USA).
In all, the Whitecaps acquired four forwards, four
midfielders, one defender and a goalkeeper.
The Timbers made it a priority to strengthen their defensive
corps with the acquisition of Eric Brunner (Rd. 2) and David Horst (Rd. 5) in
addition to fullbacks Jordan Graye (Rd. 9, from D.C. United) and Anthony Wallace
(Rd. 4 from Colorado).
The trade window opened immediately following the Expansion
Draft and a number of trades took place. For complete coverage see the top news section of MLSsoccer.com