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