That Harry Shipp was left exposed by the Seattle Sounders for Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft probably should not have come as a big surprise. The veteran midfielder only played in two of the Sounders’ last nine matches and didn’t get a single minute of playing time during the playoffs despite a reasonably productive season.
It also shouldn’t be surprising if he’s picked in the expansion draft. Shipp, 28, is coming off one of his best seasons after scoring five goals with three assists in just under 1,400 minutes while making a little less than $250,000.
The Athletic had Shipp going with the first pick of the third round to Inter Miami. Sam Stejskal had this to say about the pick:
Is Shipp a top-line starter in MLS? Probably not. Does he play a position of need for Miami? No. Is he a versatile, technical, domestic midfielder with championship experience on a relatively affordable contract? Yep. He might not be a star in South Florida, but he will absolutely contribute with goals, assists and solid ability in possession. I’ll take a guy like that every day of the week.
MLSsoccer.com’s Greg Seltzer had Shipp getting selected by Nashville SC with the draft’s final pick.
While the Music City boys are already starting to fill out a decent wing stable, every club needs dependable, cost-effective depth. Shipp represented just that for the MLS Cup champs this season. He’s a good teammate who produces a decent amount of end product in a backup’s minutes (0.52 goals + assists per 90 in 2019).
While it would definitely be a bummer to lose Shipp, it may be for the best. For better or worse, Brian Schmetzer didn’t seem inclined to use him down the stretch when it mattered most and he only got three starts after scoring two goals against the New England Revolution on Aug. 10. Shipp is an undeniably talented player and probably is too young to be simply filling out a roster, providing little more than emergency depth.