The second phase of the 2014 MLS Re-Entry Draft came and went with a small flurry of picks on Thursday afternoon. FC Dallas opted to bring back attacker Atiba Harris with their selection in the draft.
Harris was the second leading scorer with the San Jose Earthquakes this past season with four goals. He also had two assists in the 24 games that he appeared in.
The St. Kitts & Nevis native will be making his return to Dallas after getting drafted away in the 2011 Expansion Draft by Vancouver, where he spent two seasons before being traded to Colorado and then to San Jose.
Last year, Harris made just a shade over $190k in total compensation. I don't think it is out of the question that the club will be able to get him at a better (and reduced) rate next year.
While this isn't a sexy pick by any stretch, Harris has spent a lot of time with Oscar Pareja over the years, which is likely why the club opted to select him. Throw in the fact that they need depth on the wings going into 2015, this pick makes sense. Sure there were more attractive players available (Marvell Wynne being one) but for now I think this will do when you look at some of the comments being made lately by Fernando Clavijo and company.
It should also be noted that Harris won't directly be added to the FCD roster with this pick. According to league rules, teams will have seven days to make a bona fide offer to the players they select in Stage 2, and if an agreement cannot be reached, the club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS.
Any players not picked up after Stage 2 become available to any MLS club on a first-come, first-served basis.
What do you make of Harris returning to Dallas?