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_Juntao

If mabiala does get selected (not sure what his cap hit currently is, that might scare charlotte away) I will be sad. He was probably the best player on our team throughout the playoffs and he's just an absolute legend. If we part ways with him one way or another in the offseason I'd get why, but I would be sad. Other than that there really isn't anybody on the list I'd be mad over losing. Valeri is likely to retire. A bit surprised at bonilla being there actually. Polo is coming off a broken leg. Clark is a free agent and getting up there in age. I think we'll bring him back but if he leaves it would be understandable.


SteveBartmanIncident

I think a lot of these folks serve as cover for one another, since they can only take one. I would think the FO is expecting them to take either Mabiala or Bonilla. Either way, we will be in the market for both a fullback and a center back


[deleted]

Disagree with this, Mabiala is getting up there in age (34) and has been showing some decline. The smart play is to get Zac McGraw coached up, he's 24, 6'4", and an Army grad which makes him a leader and rather intelligent (Army doesn't take dummies)... he's going to be crazy good on the back line.


Boko_Harambe_69

Those things don't just automatically come together to create a good player


[deleted]

No but they sure make it easier to make them into a great player.


Imaginary_Garden

Minn made Fanendo Adi available.


IDislikeTheSounders

BRING HIM HOME (IGNORE THAT WE HAVE TWO ALREADY VERY COMPETENT STRIKERS IT WOULD BE COOL OKAY)


TheAverageInstigator

Low key adi on a min contract as a third string depth striker wouldn’t be the worse thing if his head is in the right place


jarekniezgodafanpage

Fanendo Adi and Jaroslaw Niezgoda would be 2 pretty amazing targets in the box if we need a late goal that we can just dump crosses into


TucsonPTFC

This could be a hot take to a number of folks here but I think the biggest loss for us here would be if Charlotte selected Polo. Besides that, nothing would really bother me.


Jolandia

Bonilla would be the biggest loss imo, young player with a good upside at a position we don’t have much depth at. I would not be surprised if they grab him and try to develop him. I would agree that Polo is probably the player with the most use, but at the same time he hasn’t done very much in his time in Portland. I haven’t been a fan, but was just coming around to him when he got assassinated. I would be sadder if they took Bonilla


TucsonPTFC

I think he still is taking up an international roster slot so that might dissuade Charlotte.


Jolandia

Fair, and Charlotte are already heavy on internationals


rzle

Not a hot take at all, the MLS.com writer that did an analysis of the expansion draft actually picked Polo as one of the 5 players he would take were he Charlotte's GM.


SteveBartmanIncident

If I were Charlotte, I'd take Mabiala


db0606

I think there's a pretty good chance we don't lose anyone. Charlotte can only take 5 players total and only one per team max. There's 22 teams that also have like 12-15 players each unprotected and at least a couple of those on each team are decent pickups for Charlotte. If I'm Charlotte, there is no way I take Mabiala, Clark, or Valeri. Obviously they have been great for us, but they are too old at this point. I think our juiciest targets are Polo and Bonilla. Young, talented, on/off national team players, good potential. Van Rankin would be a good pick up too (despite all the shit that he's gotten recently) but as I understand it, they would have to hash out that transfer with Chivas, which might be a little too much of a hassle.


Jolandia

I wouldn’t, he’s old and wasn’t good at the start of this season. He’s been great during our good run but I think that he has one year left in him max MAYBE. I would prefer if he’s not a starter for us next year, and I’m happy protecting Tuiloma over him


SteveBartmanIncident

I feel like the best an expansion side can do in a draft is add experienced roleplayers who can serve as leaders in the clubhouse. No club is going to leave an interesting prospect available (which shows what our FO thinks of Bonilla), so you're getting (1) an aging talent, (2) an injury recovery, or (3) a younger bench warmer. If I'm building a roster and those are my options, I take five players from Category 1 to put on an 11 with my 3 DPs while I build a youth system.


peacefinder

A solid experienced centerback is pretty attractive for team-building even if they know they’d only get one year. Same goes for goalkeeper. Edit: on the other hand, Omar Gonzales is unprotected, and I think he’s a shade younger while being similar quality.


pnwboi1998

Who all did we protect?


drod

I believe the 12 we explicitly protected are: Asprilla, Blanco, Bravo, Diego & Yimmi Chara, Loria, Mora, Moreno, Niezgoda, Paredes, Tuiloma, and Zuparic.


peacefinder

I hate that the list couldn’t be a couple names longer, but it’s a good list for 12.


TrolliusJKingIIIEsq

Ooh, in alphabetical order, no less. Nice.


Animastarara

just like the alphabetical order NYCFC posted their MLS cup line up in. I was all ready to see Sean Johnson at left back too.


digitizedbeard

What happened to Williamson? Not eligible because of injury?


drod

Protected due to being a homegrown player. I guess the Timbers purchased his home grown player rights from DC when they acquired him.


_Juntao

Unprotected players: Attinella, Jeff Bonilla, Pablo Clark, Steven Fochive, George Gonzalez, Jorge Ivacic, Aljaz Jome, Ismaila Mabiala, Larrys McGraw, Zac Perez, Manny Polo, Andy Valeri, Diego Van Rankin, Josecarlos Zambrano, Renzo


pnwboi1998

So who are the 12 we protected?


osublackout21

Niezgoda Mora Yimmi D. Chara Moreno Blanco Loria Zuparic Bravo Tuiloma Paredes Asprilla


IRraymaker

Everybody else


TrolliusJKingIIIEsq

Captain Obvious strikes again!


RCTID1975

I don't see how we lose anyone. That list is pretty uninspiring for a team looking to build. Especially considering the other players available. The only one I see us even remotely possibly losing is Polo, and he's at most 7-8th on the list of all available, and maybe not even that high.


rzle

I don't have any major problems with the list. I'd have protected Bonilla, Mabiala, or Polo over Loria, but it would be close enough that I'm not upset or anything.


IDislikeTheSounders

Im stressed seeing Polo unprotected. I kinda forgot who he was but after going through some of his highlights, I am now a certified Andy Polo fan. If you need a refresher, hes the guy who got front flipped by that la galaxy dude early this year. I doubt Charlotte will take a guy who didn't have a whole lot of playing time already and someone who is coming off a VERY nasty injury, but he did look pretty damn good when he did play, so they just might.


peacefinder

Yeah, big fan of Polo. He was sort of the utility-player glue holding the battered team together on the field. When he went down we started losing games and Gio said he was one injury too many. Fochive was a capable replacement fortunately.


playoffasprilla

No way he gets picked up. Come off injury & would take up an international spot.


terrorllama

He's close to being able to get a green card, I'm sure an arrangement could/would be made if he was selected.


peacefinder

Clark is the scariest one there to me.


TheHapaOne

Why is Clark scary? he is not under contract and has no obligation to sign there if he is selected...he can just sign back with portland and Charlotte would be left with a wasted pick


peacefinder

Good point!


PDXPuma

Personally I'm concerned if they do leave in general, because I'm beginning to think we have a reputation of ending GK's best years here in Portland.


peacefinder

Speaking of, in the NWSL expansion draft the Thorns left Nadine Angerer’s playing rights exposed. She’s 43 but still that’s gotta be at least briefly tempting.


grimjackalope

Clark AND Attinella bothers me.


foolinthezoo

We should honestly be in the market for a new starting goalkeeper, as unpopular as that opinion seems to be.


terrorllama

Agreed. Even if Clark doesn't get selected, I don't think he's coming back.


curtmandu

Hard agree. Don’t know why it’s such a controversial opinion.


osublackout21

My thinking is that they've both had multiple injuries this year and even if one got drafted we keep the other as well as ivacic. So it may not hurt us much. Also I'm really hoping we bring on a great young(ish) keeper like Miller or St. Claire from Minn, somebody who can eventually do for us what NYCFC keeper did to us.


TrolliusJKingIIIEsq

> Anttinella Are you an MLS announcer, by chance?


Animastarara

Anttinella is Jeff's Finnish cousin


grimjackalope

Whoops made a typo. Goddamn dyslexia kicking my ass once again.


peacefinder

Fortunately we can only lose one player


grimjackalope

True.