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Philadelphia Union expansion draft–new players’ 2009 salaries

November 25, 2009 1 comment

Brad Knighton: $34,000
David Myrie: $34,000
Shavar Thomas: $108,250
Jordan Harvey: $51,250
Shea Salina: $36,300
Stefani Miglioranzi: $80,000
Andrew Jacobsen: $34,000
Nick Zimmerman: $20,100
Alejandro Moreno: $137,300
Sebastien LeToux: $112,000

Total: $647,200

MLS salary cap: $2.3 million

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Holy sh*t we’re going to have a team!–Philadelphia Union expansion draft today–updates, news etc etc etc

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Expansion draft today at 1pm. Will Bobby Convey return home to Philly? Will Frankie Hejduk (hopefully) be passed on? Will Peter Nowak manage the greatest expansion draft in history ever?

Updates to come.

Update [3:17pm]: Interesting and unexpected names. Nowak and co. must planning some big name signings–there are some small salaries in that bunch.

Update [3:11pm]: Here are the players chosen by the Philadelphia Union in the 2009 expansion draft: Sebastian LeToux, David Myrie, Brad Knighton, Shavar Thomas, Jordan Harvey, Shea Salinas, Stefani Miglioranzi, Nick Zimmerman, Andrew Jacobson, Alejandro Moreno,

Update [3:06pm]: Here we go–press conference has begun (with the sound of laptops turning on in the background).

Update [3:05pm]: Not sure who we’re listening to on the feed, but some dude is explaining to some woman how the expansion draft works. He says we just have to hurry up and wait because “it’s not like there’s any other team.” Ha.

Update [3:00pm]:The feed seems to be a little messed up at present, but here’s the audio for Nowak’s press conference.

Update [1:54pm]: Reports from the interwebs are indicating that the official announcement will not come until 3pm. Also at the 3pm: Nowak discusses the picks live on mlsnet.com. One more hour . . .

Update [12:05pm]: The Union’s twitter feed tells us that “Due to the fluid nature of the draft process, selections may not be announced by 1:00pm.” Yeah no shit. But I wonder: will they release the names one-by-one or all at once?

In the mean time, ponder a few more mock drafts (hey, I’d do one myself, but I was only a 1/2 follower of MLS until the expansion to Philadelphia) here, here, and here.

One other link while I’m at it: Brent Latham at Yanks Abroad says that the Union should “go American,” i.e. sign no foreign players in order to get more Americans involved in the league. Interesting idea, but not likely (and wouldn’t that suck for Philly fans? To never have the chance to sign a big foreign player?). I’ve got a better idea for involving more American players: pay them more. Crazy, right? I mean we get investors to put millions into (very important stadiums). Why not get them to invest in (equally important) player salaries?

Expansion draft tomorrow–who will the Union pick?–also, we’ll finally have a 1/2 team!

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

The expansion draft will begin at 1pm today. For a full list of protected and unprotected players check here.

For a good mock draft, go here.