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Re-entry Draft Stage 2 Offers Interesting Prospects for the Portland Timbers

With needs to meet and depth to fill, who should the Timbers be looking at in tomorrow's Re-entry Draft?

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While this year's  version of the MLS Re-entry Draft's first stage was hardly packed with excitement, the second stage promises to see several players taken as teams have free rein to offer players reduced salaries from those that they enjoyed previously.

The Portland Timbers, after making large strides in shaping their roster with a number of moves last week, still have some needs to fill and could look to the Re-entry Draft to flesh out their roster.


In the draft: Patrick Ianni, Hunter Jumper, Steven Kinney, Bakary Soumare, Marvell Wynne, Nana Attakora, Jeff Parke, Futty Danso, Rauwshan McKenzie, Danny O'Rourke, Aaron Maund

Soumare and Wynne are the two most successful, and well paid, names on this list. Assuming either is willing to take a decent pay cut, either would be an excellent addition to the Timbers' centerback depth chart and should compete for the second or third spot on the roster.

There are other players available who have proved reliable starters in MLS, notably Jeff Parke and Patrick Ianni. Unfortunately, as both players are former Sounders and beloved of the fishing village to the north, they just don't seem like good fits for the Timbers.


In the draft: Hunter Jumper, Gonzalo Segares, Marvell Wynne, Jair Benitez, James Riley, Bobby Convey, Kosuke Kimura, Rich Balchan, Josh Gardner

Again Wynne stands out here as a desirable pickup.There are a number of other veteran players on this list that could provide cover or challenge for a starting spot in the Timbers' backline at fullback. Segares, Convey, and Gardner are all players who have been around MLS for some time and could be good fits for the Timbers.

For a less potentially expensive piece the Timbers could look to Rich Balchan. Formerly of the Columbus Crew and Real Salt Lake, Balchan looked like a revelation in his rookie year, but has struggled to find playing time since then. If the Timbers can get the most out of the 25-year-old, he could be quite a bargain.


In the draft: Edson Buddle, Kamani Hill, Dmitry Imbongo, Omar Cummings, Chandler Hoffman, Andre Akpan, Chandler Hoffman, Tristin Bowen, Dwayne DeRosario, Andrew Weideman

In the most fickle position there are several proven goalscorers in MLS on offer, but none are without their drawbacks. If the Timbers want a more experienced player to fill in their attacking ranks then Edson Buddle, Omar Cummings, or Dwayne DeRosario are possibilities. Cummings, the youngest of the trio at 32, seems to have the most left in the tank after finishing 2014 strong, but coming off several injury filled seasons it is hard to tell how well he could contribute.

What player would you pick in the second stage of the Re-entry Draft? Can any of the Timbers' needs be filled here?

The full list of Re-entry Draft Stage 2 eligible players from


Patrick Ianni (Chicago Fire)
Hunter Jumper (Chicago Fire)
Steven Kinney (Chicago Fire)
Sanna Nyassi (Chicago Fire)
Gonzalo Segares (Chicago Fire)
Bakary Soumare (Chicago Fire)

Carlos Borja (Chivas USA)
Marvin Chavez (Chivas USA)***
Oswaldo Minda (Chivas USA)
Martin Rivero (Chivas USA)
Nathan Sturgis (Chivas USA)

Daniel Paladini (Columbus Crew SC)

David Armstrong (Colorado Rapids)
Edson Buddle (Colorado Rapids)
Kamani Hill (Colorado Rapids)
Dimitry Imbongo (Colorado Rapids)
Brian Mullan (Colorado Rapids) OPTED OUT
Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapids)

Jair Benitez (FC Dallas)
Adam Moffat (FC Dallas)
Hendry Thomas (FC Dallas)

Nana Attakora (DC United)
Alex Caskey (DC United)
Jeff Parke (DC United)
Conor Shanosky (DC United)

Omar Cummings (Houston Dynamo)
Brian Ownby (Houston Dynamo)

Rafael Garcia (LA Galaxy)
Chandler Hoffman (LA Galaxy)
Brian Perk (LA Galaxy)
James Riley (LA Galaxy)

Mamadou "Futty" Danso (Montreal Impact) ***
Matteo Ferrari (Montreal Impact)
Troy Perkins (Montreal Impact) ***

Andre Akpan (New England Revolution)
Shalrie Joseph (New England Revolution)
Stephen McCarthy (New England Revolution) ***

Bobby Convey (New York Red Bulls)
Kosuke Kimura (New York Red Bulls)

Corben Bone (Philadelphia Union)
Fred (Philadelphia Union) ***
Brian Carroll (Philadelphia Union) ***

Kalif Alhassan (Portland Timbers)
Rauwshan McKenzie (Portland Timbers) ***
Danny O'Rourke (Portland Timbers) ***

Rich Balchan (Real Salt Lake)
Aaron Maund (Real Salt Lake)

Tristan Bowen (Seattle Sounders)
Josh Ford (Seattle Sounders)
Marcus Hahnemann (Seattle Sounders)

Jon Busch (San Jose Earthquakes) ***
Atiba Harris (San Jose Earthquakes) ***

Josh Gardner (Sporting Kansas City)

Dwayne De Rosario (Toronto FC)
Jeremy Hall (Toronto FC)
Ryan Richter (Toronto FC)
Andrew Wiedeman (Toronto FC)

Carlyle Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps) *** OPTED OUT
Mauro Rosales (Vancouver Whitecaps) OPTED OUT

NOTE: *** = out of contract