Players prepare for MLS expansion draft

STEVEN SANDOR, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 PM ET

Either Carl Robinson or Amado Guevara could become Danny Bonaduce’s teammate in Philadelphia.

Toronto FC left the two veterans unprotected for Wednesday’s MLS expansion draft.

So far, the only player signing announced by the expansion Philadelphia Union is... Bonaduce.

The former child star turned radio jock will have a tryout with the team as a PR stunt.

But, Wednesday, Bonaduce will be joined by 10 players who actually have a hope in hell of playing for the Union when it opens its inaugural season next March in Seattle.

Toronto FC protected defenders Nana Attakora, Jim Brennan, Emmanuel Gomez, Amadou Sanyang, Adrian Serioux and Marvell Wynne; midfielders Julian de Guzman and Sam Cronin; and forwards Chad Barrett, Dwayne de Rosario and O’Brian White.

Barrett's name was a surprise; with only five goals in 29 MLS games in a season in which he received a hefty raise, now seemed like the time to shed the striker's shed the striker’s nearly US$200,000 salary. Goalkeeper Stefan Frei, a finalist for the rookie of the year award, and forward Fuad Ibrahim are Generation Adidas players and are exempt from the expansion draft process.

Toronto FC officials said that Director of Soccer Mo Johnston would not comment on the team’s list before Wednesday’s selection process.

Philadelphia Union general manager and coach Piotr Nowak won’t speak publicly about the lists he’s received until a press conference schedule for Wednesday.

Guevara is not a major surprise; Preki, TFC’s new coach, and Guevara had a major falling out in 2007 when both were at Chivas USA. His base salary in 2009 was US$300,000.

If Robinson is selected, it would leave Brennan, who needs to sign a new deal, as the only remaining day one TFC player left on the roster. Robinson's contract hit is roughly the same as Guevara’s.

Robinson has been named TFC's MVP in two of the team's three seasons, but needed facial surgery after his season was cut short when he collided with a trialist at a training session.

Of course, with no collective bargaining agreement in place for 2010, no one can really be sure how a future cap would be impacted by salaries.

Also left open for selection are back-up goalie Brian Edwards, who came in and stole a game against Real Salt Lake in TFC failed playoff push, and Argentine midfielder Pablo Vitti, who was massive bust despite his US$288,000 base salary.

Edwards, who is still making what amounts to a rookie base salary, could be a steal for the Union, and has to be the odds-on favourite for selection, despite the fact that Robinson and Guevara, a former MLS MVP, are on the list.


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