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Ngwenya and Hohlbein selected in first round of MLS re-entry draft

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The first stage of the inaugural re-entry draft passed with little bang.

The draft ended in less than five minutes and only two players were selected as most teams decided to bypass the option to select one of the many players available. D.C. United selected forward Joseph Ngwenya formerly of the Houston Dynamo with the first selection . While the Columbus Crew picked up defender Aaron Holbein previously of Sporting KC with the tenth pick. All other teams chose not to make any selections.

D.C. United's head coach Ben Olsen had stated prior to the draft that his club would be drafting and the selection of Ngwenya fills a need for a team in need of more strikers. For the Crew, Holbein will provide depth in the backline for a Columbus club in transition.

All players that were made available for the draft are free to renegotiate with their previous clubs at a reduced salary. If an agreement can not be reached then the player will be available for the second stage of the draft. The second stage of the draft takes place on Wednesday, December 15th. 

Hoping for more action in the second round? Upset that your club didn't make a selection?

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  1. DCU still has the first pick of the second round so if they want Conrad or JA they could bring one of them at a reduced salary.

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  2. Don’t worry DC, Ngwenya will be great. Wondo didn’t start much for Houston so they traded him away. Now he is the current Golden Boot wearer. Sigh…

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  3. GBS is reported willing to accept a $325k deal. That’s sctually a little less htan half of what a team would have paid him today.

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  4. There are only two players that can and will make a BIG difference and those are Conrad & JA. Conrad would have been the move to make…given how bad DCU backline is he would have been a bargain even at $250K. JA is still DP level but not at $1.5M more like $700K and from a cap stand point both amounts are the same hit (the owner may care though).

    Ngwenya couldn’t start for Houston who had one of the worst attacks in the league so he certainly isn’t the answer to anything other that a back-up or fill-in.

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  5. No, the order stays the same. DCU will have the first pick in the second round, unless they trade it (unlikely, but possible).

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  6. Hood Rich, I think it came down to the guaranteed compensation. They could have picked a guy, who can finish in Angel, but they could not stomach his high salary. Given Angel’s age, I cannot blame them for not willing to take on his full salary. Ngwenya’s guaranteed compensation is 72K per year, which is very reasonable for a striker. I think Gibbs also fits the need position for DCU, but he makes closer to 130K, which is quite high for a defender in MLS.

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  7. Well, the players are getting what they want, I guess: freedom for money. MLS probably was saying “no, please don’t throw me in that briar patch, players union!”

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  8. Ngwenya is slightly better than Oduro; thats not saying much. Oduro is faster but both players can’t finish. 🙂 What a waste of a pick. They should have picked up Cory Gibbs, who would have made a difference.

    Typical action by an incompetent front office.

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  9. 1. A player can’t refuse to be drafted but he can refuse to go to the team that drafts him. Since all of these players (in round 2) will be those either out of contract or with options declined, they are free to sign elsewhere.

    2. Yes, DCU and Columbus still have draft options and it’s still the same order as the first time around. In other words, DCU will pick first.

    3. Prior to the draft, DCU indicated that (a) they intended to pick someone in round one and (b) round two was where they thought there would be a lot of action.

    From my perspective, Joseph Ngwenya makes Adam Cristman expendable. It’s not a bad move by DCU–not big cap hit, talented and athletic player who can play in the league. But DCU is pretty much where they were a week ago: still need a good finisher, still need a defensive organizer. We’ll see if they grab one of the two in round 2.

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  10. My understanding is that in the 1st stage, teams have to take the players at their current salary. In the 2nd, they can negogiate a new salary.

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  11. I believe it is that if you take them in the first stage you agree to pay them their previous salary and then the second stage is when salaries get renegotiated.

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  12. This is one of the most confusing drafts ever. Can a player refuse to get drafted by a team in Round 2? Are DC and Columbus out of the draft now, or can they still negotiate with players in Round 2?

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  13. I think we’ll see more action next week. If this guys take huge salary cuts, then I can see another 6-8 guys being picked up. It’s all about the money. As I posted before, most of these guys out of the MLS already.

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  14. This may be a silly question, but what is the difference between the First and Second Stages of the draft, besides the fact that one is a week later…?

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