Should Jonathan Leathers be of interest to the Sounders in Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft?
With today's list of players available in the Re-Entry Draft it is important to note the differences between the two stages. In Stage One a player would be pickup up at their current option value, or a "Bona Fide Offer." Now, not all players on today's list will be available in Monday's draft (Seattle holds pick 14). The higher contract players (say Bobby Boswell) may be negotiated down with their current team, but this must be complete by Friday afternoon.
But, if Adrian Hanauer, Sigi Schmid and Chris Henderson want to go bargain hunting, players under 60k probably aren't going to get renegotiated even lower. There are two types of players the Seattle Sounders may be interested in acquiring through the RED - depth on the backline, veteran forward.
Danleigh Borman and Jonathon Leathers fit in that first category. Both are inexpensive, and while note starting quality on the Sounders would help rebuild from the losses of Riley and Wahl. Borman is a left back/left mid who didn't look good with Toronto FC. That may have little meaning. Leathers is primarily a right back with experience at in the center and on the left. Both are nearing their peak period - Borman is 25, Leathers 26. They aren't the answer on the backline but either one let's Michael Tetteh get a softer entry into more playing time in MLS, while Leathers also helps reduce the learning curve of a converted mid to right back project and provides a little 5th CB cover.
There's one veteran forward of interest. Maykel Galindo has a Hanauer/Sounders history and is also inexpensive. No longer capable of being a regular rotational player Galindo does have some success in MLS when healthy. At 30 he's the same relative age as today's two forwards whose options were declined. Adding the Cuban would be so a natural forward would be the 5th choice rather than midfielders or draftees sliding up, though the Formidfender probably gets some of those minutes.
For a full list of 60k and under players (courtesy BlackAndRedUnited) click on. Do any interest you?
Chicago Fire - Alec Dufty GK $32,600
Colorado Rapids - Mike Holody D $32,604
DC United - Devon McTavish D $50,000
DCU - Kurt Morsink M $63,500
FC Dallas - Maykel Galindo D $50,004
Los Angeles Galaxy - Adam Cristman M $42,000
League Pool - Chris Sharpe GK $42,000
New England Revolution - Pat Phelan M $60,000
Portland Timbers - Rodrigo Lopez M $32,604
Portland - Peter Lowry M $61,667
Real Salt Lake - Jean Alexandre M $42,000
RSL - Blake Wagner M $42,000
RSL - Rauwshan McKenzie D $42,000
San Jose Earthquakes - Andrew Weber GK $65,004
Sporting Kansas City - Luke Sassano M $55,025
Sporks - Shavar Thomas D $32,604
Toronto FC - Danleigh Borman D $42,000
Vancouver Whitecaps- Greg Janicki D $45,000
Vancouver - Jonathan Leathers D $42,000
Vancouver - Jay Nolly GK $65,000
Vancouver - Peter Vagenas M $48,000