Three players were selected in Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Friday, with the Houston Dynamo selecting former Seattle defender Dylan Remick, Orlando drafting ex-Chicago goalkeeper Patrick McLain and the Seattle Sounders picking goalkeeper Bryan Meredith, formerly of San Jose.
Per MLS rules, all three players will have their contract options picked up and will immediately be added to the roster of their new teams.
After Chicago passed with the No. 1 overall pick, Houston selected Remick with the second overall selection. The 25-year-old left back appeared in 44 regular season games in his four years with Seattle, making 32 starts. He played in 11 matches, starting six, in 2016.
Orlando drafted McLain with the sixth selection. The 28-year-old ‘keeper made one regular season start in Chicago last year, and has three career MLS appearances, the previous two coming in 2013 with Chivas USA.
Meredith was selected by Seattle with the 20th pick of the draft. The 27-year-old backstop is returning to Seattle, where he played in 2011 and 2012, after spending the last three years with San Jose. All 12 of his career MLS appearances came with the Sounders in the 2012 season.
Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft will be held next Thursday. Unlike Stage 1, when clubs have to pick up the contract option of any player selected, clubs that make selections in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft secure the right to negotiate a new deal with drafted players.
2016 MLS Re-Entry Draft - Stage 1 Results
|2||Houston Dynamo||Dylan Remick|
|3||Columbus Crew SC||Pass|
|4||San Jose Earthquakes||Pass|
|5||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Pass|
|6||Orlando City SC||Patrick McLain|
|7||New England Revolution||Pass|
|11||Real Salt Lake||Pass|
|12||Sporting Kansas City||Pass|
|14||New York City FC||Pass|
|15||New York Red Bulls||Pass|
|20||Seattle Sounders FC||Bryan Meredith|
|22||Minnesota United FC||Pass|
|2||Orlando City SC||Pass|
|3||Seattle Sounders FC||Pass|