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2019 MLS Players eligible for Waiver Draft, Re-Entry Draft and Free Agency

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This is such a complicated mess. Hopefully a new CBA eliminates all of this.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at New England Revolution Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday MLS announced the list of players eligible for Waivers, Re-Entry Draft and Free Agency. Why are there three lists? Because this is MLS and nothing is ever that simple when it comes to player acquisition.

On Monday, things will kick off for all three of these mechanisms, and like every year, there are some intriguing names available. Here’s a breakdown on how it all works, who’s available and who catches my eye.

This past Thursday was MLS’ deadline for teams to exercise contract options for the 2020 season.

Players are eligible as free agents if they are out of contract, at least 28 years old and have played at least eight season in the league.

Players then who are at least 23 years old, have three years in the league and their contract option were not exercised are then available for the re-entry pool. A team can select a player from this pool at their option salaries for 2019.

Out of contract players who are at least 25 years old, with four years of experience in MLS can also go into the re-entry pool. The other difference is that they can be signed for at least their 2019 salaries.

If you don’t meet those requirements, then you’re kicked into the waiver pool like unwanted leftovers.

The waiver mechanism kicks off on Monday, November 25 at 2pm CT. Teams make their selections like they would in a typical sports draft; in reverse order of the previous season’s results in the standings. Nashville SC and Inter Miami will select last because of the Expansion Draft. After the waiver process has come and gone, free agency opens up and the frenzy will ensue.

The re-entry draft will follow the same draft order as the waiver process and will come in two stages. Why two stages? Because this is MLS. Stage 1 of the re-entry draft takes place on Tuesday November 26 at 2pm CT. Any player not selected during the initial stage will be available again in Stage 2, which won’t happen until Tuesday, December 3.

As Drew pointed out, none of us are expecting Dallas to participate in the Waiver Draft this time given the roster needs and who’s available. There are occasionally a rare diamond in the rough for these kinds of things, as Dallas was able to claim Maxi Urruti off waivers in 2015.

Waivers

Team Player
Team Player
Atlanta United Chris Goslin
Atlanta United Jose Hernandez
Atlanta United Kevin Kratz
Atlanta United Patrick Okonkwo
Atlanta United Florentin Pogba
Chicago Fire FC Diego Campos
Chicago Fire FC Elliot Collier
Chicago Fire FC Nicolas Gaitan
Chicago Fire FC Aleksandar Katai
Chicago Fire FC Cristian Martinez
Chicago Fire FC Amando Moreno
FC Cincinnati Nazmi Albadawi
FC Cincinnati Justin Hoyte
FC Cincinnati Forrest Lasso
FC Cincinnati Emmanuel Ledesma
Columbus Crew SC Ben Lundgaard
Columbus Crew SC Edward Opoku
Columbus Crew SC Eduardo Sosa
Colorado Rapids Sam Raben
Colorado Rapids Tommy Smith
D.C. United Antonio Bustamante
D.C. United Leonardo Jara
D.C. United Marquinhos Pedroso
FC Dallas Edwin Gyasi
Houston Dynamo Kevin Garcia
Los Angeles Football Club Lamar Batista
Los Angeles Football Club Javier Perez
Los Angeles Football Club Peter-Lee Vassell
LA Galaxy Favio Alvarez
LA Galaxy Hugo Arellano
LA Galaxy Tomas Hilliard-Arce
LA Galaxy Bradford Jamieson IV
Minnesota United FC Carter Manley
Minnesota United FC Wilfried Moimbe-Tahrat
Minnesota United FC Ally Ng’anzi
Montreal Impact Jason Beaulieu
Montreal Impact Omar Browne
Montreal Impact Daniel Kinumbe
Montreal Impact Ken Krolicki
Montreal Impact Thomas Meilleur-Giguere
Montreal Impact Bacary Sagna
Montreal Impact Jeisson Vargas
New England Revolution Juan Caicedo
New England Revolution Zachary Herivaux
New York City FC Daniel Bedoya
New York City FC Jeff Caldwell
New York City FC Abdi Mohamed
New York City FC Ebenezer Ofori
New York Red Bulls Jean-Christophe Koffi
Orlando City SC Carlos Ascues
Orlando City SC Adam Grinwis
Orlando City SC Cam Lindley
Orlando City SC Greg Ranjitsingh
Orlando City SC Lamine Sane
Philadelphia Union Marco Fabian
Philadelphia Union Haris Medunjanin
Portland Timbers Claude Dielna
Portland Timbers Modou Jadama
Portland Timbers Foster Langsdorf
Real Salt Lake Danilo Acosta
San Jose Earthquakes Harold Cummings
San Jose Earthquakes Kevin Partida
Seattle Sounders FC Alex Roldan
Sporting Kansas City Nicolas Hasler
Sporting Kansas City Gedion Zelalem
Toronto FC Jon Bakero
Toronto FC Aidan Daniels
Toronto FC Ryan Telfer
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Joaquin Ardaiz
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Lass Bangoura
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Brendan McDonough
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Sean Melvin

Free Agency

Team Player
Team Player
Atlanta United Jeff Larentowicz
Atlanta United Justin Meram
Atlanta United Michael Parkhurst
Atlanta United Brek Shea
Colorado Rapids Tim Howard
Columbus Crew SC Ricardo Clark
Columbus Crew SC Federico Higuain
D.C. United Quincy Amarikwa
D.C. United Bill Hamid
FC Dallas Eric Alexander
Houston Dynamo DaMarcus Beasley
Houston Dynamo A.J. DeLaGarza
Houston Dynamo Tyler Deric
Los Angeles Football Club Steven Beitashour
Los Angeles Football Club Jordan Harvey
LA Galaxy Servando Carrasco
LA Galaxy Matt Lampson
LA Galaxy Juninho
LA Galaxy Chris Pontius
Minnesota United FC Sam Cronin
Minnesota United FC Lawrence Olum
Minnesota United FC Bobby Shuttleworth
Nashville SC Jalil Anibaba
New York Red Bulls Connor Lade
New York Red Bulls Luis Robles
Orlando City SC Will Johnson
Orlando City SC Sacha Kljestan
Philadelphia Union Aurelien Collin
Real Salt Lake Kyle Beckerman
Real Salt Lake Tony Beltran
Real Salt Lake Nick Rimando
Real Salt Lake Kelyn Rowe
Seattle Sounders FC Chad Marshall
Sporting Kansas City Benny Feilhaber
Sporting Kansas City Seth Sinovic
Sporting Kansas City Rodney Wallace
Toronto FC Michael Bradley
Toronto FC Drew Moor
Toronto FC Ashtone Morgan
Toronto FC Drew Moor
Toronto FC Ashtone Morgan

Re-Entry

Team Player
Team Player
Atlanta United Mikey Ambrose
Chicago Fire FC Stefan Cleveland
Chicago Fire FC David Ousted
Chicago Fire FC Richard Sanchez
Colorado Rapids Kofi Opare
Colorado Rapids Dillon Serna
Columbus Crew SC Alex Crognale
Columbus Crew SC David Guzman
Columbus Crew SC Jordan Hamilton
Columbus Crew SC Connor Maloney
Columbus Crew SC Romario Williams
D.C. United Earl Edwards Jr.
D.C. United Jalen Robinson
FC Cincinnati Corben Bone
FC Cincinnati Roland Lamah
FC Cincinnati Jimmy McLaughlin
FC Cincinnati Blake Smith
FC Dallas Cristian Colman
FC Dallas Moises Hernandez
Houston Dynamo Eric Bird
Houston Dynamo Juan David Cabezas
Houston Dynamo Darwin Ceren
Los Angeles Football Club Dejan Jakovic
LA Galaxy Joao Pedro
Minnesota United FC Miguel Ibarra
Minnesota United FC Collin Martin
Minnesota United FC Rasmus Schuller
Montreal Impact Anthony Jackson-Hamel
n/a Charlie Lyon
n/a Yura Movsisyan
New England Revolution Juan Agudelo
New England Revolution Cody Cropper
New England Revolution Brian Wright
New York Red Bulls Vincent Bezecourt
New York Red Bulls Marcus Epps
New York Red Bulls Derrick Etienne
New York Red Bulls Evan Louro
New York Red Bulls Bradley Wright-Phillips
New York City FC Eric Miller
Orlando City SC Cristian Higuita
Orlando City SC Shane O’Neill
Orlando City SC Dillon Powers
Orlando City SC Oriol Rosell
Philadelphia Union R.J. Allen
Philadelphia Union Fabinho
Portland Timbers Kendall McIntosh
Portland Timbers Diego Valeri
Real Salt Lake Jordan Allen
Real Salt Lake Alex Horwath
Real Salt Lake Luke Mulholland
Real Salt Lake Joao Plata
Real Salt Lake Marcelo Silva
San Jose Earthquakes Francois Affolter
San Jose Earthquakes Jimmy Ockford
Seattle Sounders FC Saad Abdul-Salaam
Seattle Sounders FC Jonathan Campbell
Seattle Sounders FC Victor Rodriguez
Seattle Sounders FC Luis Silva
Seattle Sounders FC Roman Torres
Sporting Kansas City Krisztian Nemeth
Toronto FC Caleb Patterson-Sewell
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Victor Giro
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Brett Levis
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Scott Sutter

Here’s who’s caught my eye:

Juan Agudelo

MLS: New England Revolution at Colorado Rapids Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports

He’s 27, so no longer a young player but rather should be entering his prime as a striker. Given Dallas’ needs up top, for the right price, Agudelo could do well in Dallas being paired up with Michael Barrios, Jesus Ferreira and Paxton Pomykal. To me, there’s still some untapped potential in Agudelo that just needs to coached out of him. Perhaps the touch of Luchi will do the trick?

Drew Moor

MLS: Canadian Championship-Ottawa Fury FC at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, he’s 35 but the Dallas native and former FC Dallas player could fit the bill as a solid backup option. Reliable centerbacks are rare in this league, and if you can get one for the right price and with tons of experience, why not?

Bradford Jamieson IV

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Toronto FC Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Jamieson is still just 23, with plenty of soccer left in him. Is he MLS level? I don’t know but Dallas needs scoring options, so why not take a flyer on a former promising youth international? Injuries have slowed down his progress and he was unable to crack the lineup in LA, but maybe a fresh start with North Texas would rejuvenate him.