Failed MLS Re-Entry Draft leaves bad PR smell

Aaron Hohlbein

Two players.

That’s the grand total of eligible out of-contract players who got new deals with new clubs during Wednesday’s first-ever MLS draft.

And neither was what you would call a marquee name — striker Joseph Ngwenya was taken first overall by D.C. United — and defender Aaron Hohlbein, who spent time in second-division soccer last season with Miami FC, was taken by Columbus Crew.

The star names, like Designated Player Juan Pablo Angel, were left untouched. Actually, pretty well everyone was left untouched through Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft, where teams are required to at least match what the players made last season.
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