Interesting Canadian options for Impact in MLS expansion draft

Once-Toronto FC defender Nana Attakora would be an interesting pickup for Jesse Marsch.

The Montreal Impact will be able to choose from several Canadian players in Wednesday’s MLS Expansion Draft.

Three Canadian players were left unprotected by Toronto FC ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft, including Designated Player Julian de Guzman. Adrian Cann, recovering from a knee injury that forced him to miss most of the season, is also on the unprotected list. Cann left training camp in 2010 in a contract dispute, then later returned and apologized to the club and the fans.

Gianluca Zavarise rounds out the Canadians on TFC’s unprotected list.

Interestingly, the Reds chose to protect Canadian midfielder Terry Dunfield, who stated a few weeks back (CLICK HERE) that he wasn’t sure if he’d be back with TFC in 2012.

Canadian national teamer Nana Attakora was also left on the list for Montreal; if Attakora could return to the form of 2010, he could be a valuable and inexpensive pick-up for the Impact. Of the players the Impact have signed so far, none would fill any of the three required domestic slots as required by MLS rules.

Ottawa’s Edson Edward, a reserve player with FC Dallas, is also available.

Vancouver’s list of available players contained few surprises, including the appearance of Designated Player Mustapha Jarju, who didn’t score in an ineffective and disappointing half-season in MLS. Jarju was a star in second-division Belgian soccer, but struggled to make the jump to the more competitive MLS ranks.

And, both Jay Nolly and Joe Cannon were left unprotected by the Whitecaps — a clear signal from the team that it has accepted that goalkeeping is a major issue going forward. Don’t expect either to go, as the Impact is committed to Evan Bush, who was the NASL’s top keeper in 2011.

Portland left Ryan Pore unprotected. Pore, who was the top player in Div.-2 soccer in 2010, made the move to MLS wit the Timbers. The Timbers then loaned him to Montreal, where he became a major part of the Impact’s desperate push for a playoff spot (that came up just short) in its final NASL campaign. According to the Oregonian, Montreal and Portland made a deal that ensured the Impact would take no Timbers players that finished the 2011 season with the big club in exchange for the Pore loan and an international allocation spot. Since Pore didn’t finish the season with Portland, you have to think he is still in play. (And a deal that enraged other NASL teams).

Montreal coach Jesse Marsch will pick 10 players Wednesday afternoon. He cannot choose more than one player per club.

UNPROTECTED PLAYERS
Chicago Fire

Banner, Michael
Chaves, Diego
Conway, Jon
Cuesta, Yamith
Dufty,Alec
Ferrari, Gabriel
Gargan, Dan
Husidic, Baggio
Kinney, Steven
Mikulic, Josip
Nazarit, Cristian
Paladini, Daniel
Pantazapoulos, Pari
Videira, Mike
Watson-Siriboe, Kwame

Chivas USA
Arias, Sergio
Boyens, Andrew
Chijindu, Chukwudi
Cortez, Chris
Courtois, Laurent
Elliot, Simon
Estupinan, Victor
Gavin, Blair
Jazic, Ante
Junior Lopes, David
Lahoud, Michael
Mayen, Gerson
Mondaini, Marcos
Thornton, Zach
Trujillo, Mariano
Valentin, Zarek

Colorado Rapids
Akpan, Andre
Comminges, Miguel
Folan, Caleb
Joyce, Ian
Kandji, Macoumba
Kimura, Kosuke
Marshall, Tyrone
Nyassi, Sanna
Palguta, Scott
Thompson, Wells
Wallace, Anthony
Ababio, Eddie
Amarikwa, Quincy
Ceus, Steward
Emory, Stephen
Holody, Mike
LaBeaux, Ross

Columbus Crew
Burns, Kevin
Cunningham, Jeff
Ekpo, Emmanuel
Francis, Shaun
Gardner, Josh
Gehrig,Eric
Grossman, Cole
Gruenebaum, Andy
Heinemann, Tommy
Mendoza, Andres
Meram, Justin
O’Rourke, Danny
Owoeri, John
Prim, Santiago
Riggs, Alex
Rusmir, Dejan
Sippola, Ben
Veeder, Corey
Williams, Joshua

FC Dallas
Cruz, Daniel
dos Santos, Maicon
Edward, Edson
Galindo, Maykel
Guarda, Bruno
Hall, Jeremy
Hernandez, Daniel
Lambo, Josh
Seitz, Chris
Stewart, Jack
Villar, Ricardo
Warshaw, Bobby

D.C. United
Barklage, Brandon
Boskovic, Branko
Brettschneider, Blake
Burch, Marc
Cronin, Steve
Da Luz, Austin
King, Stephen
McTavish, Devon
Morsink, Kurt
Ngwenya, Joseph
Quaranta, Santino
Zayner, Jed

Houston Dynamo
Ching, Brian
Costly, Carlo
Cruz, Daniel
Freeman, Hunter
Garey, Jason
Newton, Evan
Robinson, Eddie
Watson, JeVaughn
Weaver, Cam

LA Galaxy
Alvarado, Sean
Barrett, Chad
Birchall, Chris
Cardozo, Paolo
Cristman, Adam
Da Silva, Leonardo
Hejduk, Frankie
Jimenez, Hector
Jordan, Bryan
Keat, Daniel
Lopez, Miguel
McCarty, Dustin
Perk, Brian
Robinson, Dasan
Stephens, Michael
Thomas, Ryan

New England Revolution
Barnes, Darrius
Boggs, Zak
Caraglio, Milton Joel
Cochrane, Ryan
Coria, Franco
Dube, Mkhokheli
Guy, Ryan
Kinne, Ryan
Koger, Alan
Loewy, Otto
Mansally, Abdoulie
Murray, Tim
Phelan, Pat
Schilawski, Zack
Sousa, Andrew

New York Red Bulls
Albright, Chris
Auvray, Stephane
Ballouchy, Mehdi
Coundoul, Bouna
Horwath, Alex
Jones, Mychel
Lassiter, Tyler
Mendes, Carlos
Nielsen, Brian
Paullo, Marcos
Robinson, Carl
Rooney, John
Rost, Frank
Schneider, Teddy
Sutton, Greg

Philadelphia Union

Adu, Freddy
Gonzalez, Juan Diego
Harrison, Chase
Holder, Hasley Thorne
Houapeu, Levi
Langley, Morgan
Mapp, Justin
Miglioranzi, Stefani
Nakazawa, Kyle
Paunovic, Veljko
Richter, Ryan
Tait, Joe

Portland Timbers
Alexander, Eric
Braun, Freddie
Brown, Adin
Chabala, Michael
Dike, Bright
Gleeson, Jake
Goldthwaite, Kevin
Johnson, Eddie William
Lopez, Rodrigo
Lowry, Peter
Marcelin, James
Pore, Ryan
Purdy, Steve
Taylor, Chris
Thompson, Spencer
Umony, Brian
Zizzo, Sal

Real Salt Lake
Agorsor, Chris
Alexandre, Jean
Alvarez, Arturo
Alvarez, Yordany
Araujo, Paulo Jr.
Arnoux, Cody
Gonzalez, Nelson
Grabavoy, Ned
McKenzie, Rauwshan
Melia, Timothy
Reynish, Kyle
Russell, Robbie
Wagner, Blake
Warner, Collen
Williams, Andy

San Jose Earthquakes
Ampaipitakwong, Anthony
Attakora, Nana
Burling, Bobby
Convey, Bobby
Corrales, Ramiro
Gjertsen, Joseph
Griffin, Maxwell
Leitch, Chris
Luzunaris, Matt
McLoughlin, Ellis
Peterson, Jacob
Ring, Brad
Sealy, Scott
Ward, Tim
Weber, Andrew

Seattle Sounders FC
Boss, Terry
Carrasco, Servando
Estrada, David
Ford, Josh
Fucito, Michael
Gonzalez, Leonardo
Graham, Taylor
Ianni, Patrick
Jaqua, Nate
Levesque, Roger
Meredith, Bryan
Montano, Miguel
Noonan, Pat
Riley, James
Sanyang, Amadou
Scott, Zacharias
Seamon, Michael
Wahl, Tyson
White, O’Brian

Sporting Kansas City
Aiyegbusi, Olukorede
Bravo, Omar
Cyrus, Daneil
Diop, Ibrahim
Goncalves, Jeferson
Harrington, Michael
Kronberg, Eric
Lorenz, Scott
Olum, Lawrence
Peterson, Joseph
Rocastle, Craig
Saad, Soony
Sassano, Luke
Sinovic, Seth
Stojcev, Milos
Thomas, Shavar
Warzycha, Konrad

Toronto FC
Borman, Danleigh
Bouchiba, Elbekay
Cann, Adrian
Davies, Kyle
de Guzman, Julian
Gold, Matt
Griffit, Leandre
Marosevic, Peri
Martina, Javier
Omphroy, Demitrius
Soolsma, Nick
Sturgis, Nathan
Viator, Eddy
Williams, Dicoy
Yourasskowsky, Mikael
Zavarise, Gianluca

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Boxall, Michael
Brovsky, Jeb
Cannon, Joe
Duckett, Bilal
Janicki, Greg
Jarju, Mustapha
Leathers, Jonathan
Morfaw, Alexandre
Nolly, Jay
Thorrington, John
Vagenas, Pete

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I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, NASL.com and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.