As expected, FC Dallas did not select anyone in today's first stage of the 2013 Re-Entry Draft. The club announced via their Twitter feed that they elected not to select anyone in today's draft.
But that may have not been the most surprising news as today's draft was far more active than we've ever seen the first stage of the Re-Entry Draft be in MLS. Several clubs made deals and one even traded up in the order to make a selection.
In three years of the Re-Entry Draft, Stage 1 had a total of six selections. Today we had five with two of those players going to D.C. United.
The Black-and-Red took arguably the most prized player off the list today by taking former LA full back Sean Franklin with the first pick. They then finished out the first stage by selecting defender Bobby Boswell.
The Portland Timbers made it known that they were going to be making a selection with a pre-draft traded that involved moving up in the order. They sent defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste and their Stage one selection spot to Chivas USA for the number 2 spot in the order and Jorge Villafana. With their number two pick, the Timbers took Steve Zakuani, the former Seattle Sounder.
Colorado picked up fullback Marc Burch later in the draft while the Philadelphia Union took a name I suggested the other day in Corben Bone.
FC Dallas fans are obviously waiting to hear what is going to happen with Kenny Cooper. Earlier in the day, his name was removed from the pool of players available for the Re-Entry Draft. We discussed that here, either a trade or a re-signing is on the table with him.
We'll discuss who is left in the Re-Entry pool that FC Dallas might look at next week in Stage 2 tomorrow.