Two D.C. United veterans were selected in the MLS re-entry draft Monday: midfielder Clyde Simms by the New England Revolution and defender Marc Burch by the Seattle Sounders.
United had declined to exercise their contract options. Simms was with United for seven seasons, the longest continuous service on the club. Burch played five years. Five other D.C. players eligible for the draft weren’t selected and are free to negotiate with any club: defender Devon McTavish, forward Joseph Ngwenya, defender Brandon Barklage, goalkeeper Steve Cronin and defender Jed Zayner.
Midfielder Santino Quaranta, who spent 10 of his 11 MLS seasons with United, withdrew from the process and retired last week. Midfielder Kurt Morsink also withdrew, with the possibility he will re-sign with United.
DCU didn’t select anyone in the re-entry draft. Besides Simms and Burch, eight players were chosen: Seattle F Nate Jaqua (by New England), Chicago GK Jon Conway (by Los Angeles), San Jose D Chris Leitch (by Los Angeles), Houston D Hunter Freeman (by Colorado), Chivas USA D Andrew Boyens (by L.A.), Chicago MF Baggio Husidic (by Colorado), Seattle F Pat Noonan (by L.A.) and New England F Kheli Dube (by Chicago).
Clubs have the rights to the respective players and must negotiate a contract.
The reigning champion Galaxy also reacquired unclaimed defenders Frankie Hejduk and Dasan Robinson.