Chivas USA declines to select a player in Stage 1 of MLS Re-Entry Draft

Clubs will have a second opportunity next week in Re-Entry Draft

Chivas USA declined to select a player in Stage 1 of the 2010 MLS Re-Entry Process, a draft that was held via teleconference on Wednesday. While several big name and experienced players from around the league were available in the draft, the Red-and-White did not use the second overall pick, opting out of extending a Bona Fide Offer or picking up the option on any of the contracts of the players available. While Chivas USA did have interest in several players, the team would be looking to agree to different financial terms before bringing them into the team.

According to MLS, here are the rules on Stage 1:

“Clubs must exercise the option for, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to, players selected in Stage 1.  Players that were out of contract may either accept or reject the Bona Fide Offer. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS.  Players with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to the drafting club’s roster.”

After today’s draft concludes, the players that are still eligible to be selected will be involved in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process, where much more player movement is expected. Teams will have more flexibility in the contracts that are offered to players selected in Stage 2, where Chivas USA still holds the second pick. That draft takes place a week from today, at 11:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, December 15. Stay tuned to and @cdchivasusa on Twitter for all the updates on the team.