Chivas USA and the MLS Expansion Draft
With the MLS Expansion Draft coming up on November 24 to help fill out Portland and Vancouver's rosters, cdchivasusa.com looks back on the five such events that have occurred since Chivas USA joined the league in 2005.
November 19, 2004
The teams drafting in 2004 were the Red-and-White themselves and fellow 2005 Expansion team Real Salt Lake. Chivas USA drafted ten players, taking midfielder Arturo Torres from the Los Angeles Galaxy with their first pick.
|1||Arturo Torres (M)||Los Angeles Galaxy|
|3||Orlando Perez (D)||Chicago Fire|
|5||Ezra Hendrickson (D)||D.C. United|
|7||Francisco Gomez (M)||Kansas City Wizards|
|9||Antonio de la Torre (D)||Colorado Rapids|
|11||Matt Taylor (F)||Kansas City Wizards|
|13||Craig Ziadie (D)||MetroStars|
|15||Jmil Walker (M)||San Jose Earthquakes|
|17||Thiago Martins (F)||D.C. United|
|19||Jeff Stewart (D)||Colorado Rapids|
November 17, 2006
Toronto FC joined MLS for the 2007 season, and selected ten players in the 2006 Expansion Draft, including Goats defender Tim Regan. Selected first by the Reds that year was current Chivas USA midfielder Paulo Nagamura, who had spent the previous season as a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Regan had played for the New York Metro Stars prior to being signed at Chivas USA by former Stars coach Bob Bradley. A starting defender for the Red-and-White in 2006, Regan was traded back to New York just five days after the expansion draft. After just three games with New York in 2007 and one with Toronto, Regan retired in 2008 to become the head of scouting for Toronto FC.
November 21, 2007
The San Jose Earthquakes returned to MLS play for the 2008 season, following a two-year hiatus. To fill out the roster for the club's first season back San Jose selected ten players in the 2007 Expansion Draft, including Jason Hernandez of Chivas USA.
Hernandez appeared in 50 matches for Chivas USA between 2006 and 2007, with a limited role in the latter season. Since joining San Jose, the midfielder has made 68 appearances, including 27 starts in the 2010 regular season.
Also drafted by the Earthquakes in 2007 was Chris Pozniak, a Polish defender who played four matches with Chivas USA in 2008.
November 26, 2008
In 2008 Seattle joined the league, drafting ten players from the existing 14 clubs. No players were taken from Chivas USA, but among the protected players were Jonathan Bornstein, Justin Braun, Sacha Kljestan and Shavar Thomas.
November 25, 2009
MLS held an expansion draft in November 2009 to fill out the roster of new club Philadelphia Union. Among the ten players selected was defender Shavar Thomas of Chivas USA.
Thomas had appeared in 63 matches for the Goats between 2007 and 2009 before being selected by Philadelphia. Before the 2010 World Cup break the Jamaican was traded back to his former club, the Kansas City Wizards, where he finished out the season.