United Leaves Veteran Players Carroll, Vanney Unprotected in Expansion Draft

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Veterans Brian Carroll and Greg Vanney have been left unprotected by D.C. United for tomorrow's MLS expansion draft, which will supply 10 players for the new team in San Jose.

The 11 players protected by the team were goalkeeper Troy Perkins; defenders Bobby Boswell, Bryan Namoff, Devon McTavish and Marc Burch; midfielders Fred, Ben Olsen, Clyde Simms and Christian Gomez; and forwards Jaime Moreno and Luciano Emilio.

None of the 13 current teams will lose more than one player and three clubs will not lose anyone to the Earthquakes, who will return to the league next year and play home games at Santa Clara University until a new stadium is completed. San Jose had a team from 1996 until 2005, but its investors moved operations to Houston two years ago and changed the name to the Dynamo, which Sunday won its second consecutive championship.

Carroll, a defensive midfielder and West Springfield High graduate, has appeared in 121 regular season games the last four years and been called to the U.S. national team on occasion, but he lost his United starting job in August to Simms. His guaranteed salary this year was $118,750, a moderate level for an established MLS player.

Vanney was acquired from Colorado in midseason and started 14 games on United's backline, but San Jose might be scared off by his age (33) and 2007 salary ($236,667). Exposing Vanney and Carroll allowed United to protect defenders Boswell, 24, whose base salary was just $30,870 this year, and McTavish, 23, a Winchester, Va., native who made $30,000.

Other players in danger of being selected by San Jose are rookie forward Guy-Roland Kpene and second-year midfielder-forward Rod Dyachenko, who last year was taken by Toronto in the expansion draft and reacquired by United in a trade.

The decision to protect Gomez seems to indicate that United believes it has a good chance of re-signing the Argentine playmaker, whose contract expires Dec. 31. Team officials have said that, in order to begin planning for next season, they would like to have a resolution by mid-December.

-- Steven Goff

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