TFC unscathed following expansion draft

STEVEN SANDOR, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 5:21 PM ET

Toronto FC did not lose a player in Wednesday’s MLS expansion draft.

Philadelphia Union team manager Piotr Nowak selected 10 players Wednesday to stock the roster of the club, which begins play in 2010. But none of them came from the list of players left unprotected by TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston.

Nowak said he was surprised that many teams left marquee names unprotected – and that included the Reds, who left former league MVP Amado Guevara and two-time team MVP Carl Robinson out there for the taking. But the Union passed on the chance to take on either contract, valued at US$300,000 each.

“I was surprised at some of the names left unprotected,” Nowak said. “But we made or decisions on what we needed, not the big names on the list.”

Johnston indicated he would not comment, as TFC’s roster was left unscathed.

The Union did select goalkeeping prospect Brad Knighton, who had been an apprentice to New England Revolution starter Matt Reis. TFC had made back-up keeper Brian Edwards, who impressed when called upon last season to spell the injured Stefan Frei, available for selection.

The biggest name selected by the Union was Columbus Crew striker Alejandro Moreno, the Venezuelan national-teamer who found the net 21 times in 77 games for the Crew.

Also on the list were veteran Chivas USA defender Shavar Thomas, San Jose midfielder Shea Salinas and Seattle forward Sebastien Le Toux, who had made the jump from the USL to the MLS with the Sounders.

Rounding out the 10 are Colorado defender Jordan Harvey, D.C. United midfielder Andrew Jacobsen, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Stefani Miglioranzi, Chicago Fire defender Dave Myrie and New York midfielder Nick Zimmerman.

“We believe that this team is a good starting point for all of us,” said Nowak, who added that he wanted to bring in players who would want to make Philadelphia their new home. And, he said salaries had to be “realistic.”

The league does not have a collective bargaining agreement in place for the 2010 season.


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