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Pineda, Pogatetz, Earnshaw highlight players eligible in Wednesday’s Waiver Draft

Photo by Jennifer Buchanan/USA Today Sports
Photo by Jennifer Buchanan/USA Today Sports

Just three days after¬†the completion of the 2015 season, MLS will kickstart the offseason with the first of the league’s series of drafts.

A total of 27 players are up for grabs on Wednesday afternoon as the league¬†holds the 2015 MLS Waiver Draft. The draft consists of players who have been waived, but do not qualify for the Re-Entry Draft or free agency. Under-contract players selected in Wednesday’s draft will be added to the selecting team’s roster, while out-of-contract players selected must be made a genuine offer by the team that chooses them.

The draft order is determined by the reverse order of the final standings, with the Chicago Fire selecting first while the MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers hold the last pick.

Among those eligible are former Columbus Crew centerback Emmanuel Pogatetz, ex-Seattle Sounders midfielder Gonzaleo Pineda, Welch forward Robert Earnshaw and former UCLA standout and first round 2014 MLS Draft pick Leo Stolz.

Here’s a closer look at the 27 players eligible for selection Wednesday as well as the order teams will choose:


Daneil Cyrus (Chicago Fire)
Adailton dos Santos (Chicago Fire)
Charles Eloundou (Colorado Rapids)
Emanuel Pogatetz (Columbus Crew SC)
Ben Speas (Columbus Crew SC)
Kristinn Steindorsson (Columbus Crew SC)
Facundo Coria (D.C. United)
Otis Earle (FC Dallas)
AJ Cochran (Houston Dynamo)
Michael Lisch (Houston Dynamo)
Mika Vayrynen (LA Galaxy)
Timothy Mulgrew (New England Revolution)
Pablo Alvarez (New York City FC)
Sebastian Velasquez (New York City FC)
Leo Stolz (New York Red Bulls)
Adam Bedell (Orlando City SC)
Sidney Rivera (Orlando City SC)
Jeanderson Pereira (Portland Timbers)
Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi (San Jose Earthquakes)
Paulo Renato (San Jose Earthquakes)
Tomas Gomez (San Jose Earthquakes)
Michael Azira (Seattle Sounders)
Thomas Bedinelli (Seattle Sounders)
Andres Correa (Seattle Sounders)
Gonzalo Pineda (Seattle Sounders)
Robert Earnshaw (Vancouver Whitecaps)
Caleb Clarke (Vancouver Whitecaps)


1. Chicago Fire
2. Colorado Rapids
3. Philadelphia Union
4. New York City FC
5. Real Salt Lake
6. Houston Dynamo
7. Orlando City SC
8. San Jose Earthquakes
9. Toronto FC
10. New England Revolution
11. Sporting Kansas City
12. LA Galaxy
13. D.C. United
14. Montreal Impact
15. Seattle Sounders
16. Vancouver Whitecaps
17. FC Dallas
18. New York Red Bulls
19. Columbus Crew SC
20. Portland Timbers

What do you expect from the 2015 MLS Waiver Draft? What players do you see as valuable MLS contributors going forward? Any potential diamonds in the rough?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. With all these players available:
    GK Joe Bendik (Toronto FC)
    GK Zac MacMath (Philadelphia Union)

    DF Zach Scott (Seattle Sounders)
    DF Steven Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps)
    DF Pa Modou Kah (Vancouver Whitecaps)
    DF Seth Sinovic (Sporting Kansas City)

    MF Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo)
    MF Marco Pappa (Seattle Sounders)
    MF Mauro Rosales (Vancouver Whitecaps)
    MF Jackson (Toronto FC)

    FW Gabriel Torres (Colorado Rapids)
    FW Maximiliano Urruti (Portland Timbers)
    FW Robbie Findley (Toronto FC)
    FW Danny Mwanga (Orlando City SC)

    Not the best in MLS but enough to make a decent team. I think Tampa Mutiny needs to come back lol

    • then here is the full list of the 26 players eligible for free agency:

      GK Jon Busch (Chicago Fire)
      GK Troy Perkins (Seattle Sounders)
      GK Kyle Reynish (New York Red Bulls)
      GK Andrew Weber (Portland Timbers)

      DF Corey Ashe (Orlando City SC)
      DF Bobby Burling (Colorado Rapids)
      DF Ty Harden (Chicago Fire)
      DF Michael Harrington (Colorado Rapids)
      DF Stephen Keel (FC Dallas)
      DF Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids)
      DF James Riley (Colorado Rapids)

      MF Eric Avila (Orlando City SC)
      MF Brian Carroll (Philadelphia Union)
      MF Ricardo Clark (Houston Dynamo)
      MF Ned Grabavoy (New York City FC)
      MF Nick LaBrocca (Colorado Rapids)
      MF Jeff Larentowicz (Chicago Fire)
      MF Justin Mapp (Montreal Impact)
      MF Paulo Nagamura (Sporting Kansas City)
      MF Nathan Sturgis (Houston Dynamo)

      FW Chad Barrett (Seattle Sounders)
      FW Edson Buddle (LA Galaxy)
      FW Conor Casey (Philadelphia Union)
      FW Kenny Cooper (Montreal Impact)
      FW Alan Gordon (LA Galaxy)
      FW Mike Magee (Chicago Fire)

      Lots of players hanging in the balance. Ben Olsen you better get something good!!!!


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