This off-season may be tame in comparison to the tear-it-all-down-and-start-over hijinks from last year, but the Timbers still have between three and nine roster spots to fill. Luckily, this is Major League Soccer, and there are roughly 1,000,000 different play acquisition methods to pursue.
The Timbers' next chance to pick up a player comes tomorrow in the second stage of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Unlike the Re-Entry Draft's first stage, in the second stage teams can make any offer that they choose to a player. The player can then decline, but if they do so the team that selected them retains their rights in Major League Soccer.
The field of players available tomorrow has been winnowed down considerably from the Re-Entry Draft's original 68 player list thanks to first stage selection, trades, re-signings, and a smattering of retirements (all of which have been crossed off the list below). The updated list contains the names of the 48 remaining players from which teams can pick.
*The Timbers cannot select their own players in the first round of the Re-Entry Draft, but can in the second or later rounds.
It is important to note that the Timbers, who traded up to the 2nd pick in stage one of the draft, will be picking 17th, their natural position in the second stage. By that time in the draft the list should be somewhat picked over with big names like Heath Pearce, David Ferreira, Chris Rolfe, and Fabian Espindola being among those likely to be chosen early on.
Even if the Timbers do no sign anyone in the Re-Entry Draft, Merritt Paulson posted this teasing tweet yesterday:
Zoo lights tonight w 5 & 2 yr old and in-laws invade later this week. Someone please spike my eggnog. Maybe a signing this week at least?— Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson) December 17, 2013
Who would you take in the Re-Entry Draft? Who do you think will still be on the board when it is the Timbers' turn to pick?