Veteran center back Bakary Soumare heads to Montreal after being taken in the second phase of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.
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By The SI Staff
December 18, 2014

The Montreal Impact went back to the MLS Re-Entry Draft well Thursday, taking veteran center back Bakary Soumare with the first pick in the second phase of the offseason player movement mechanism. The Impact, who finished last in MLS with 28 points in 2014, had taken former Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Erik Kronberg in the first phase last week.

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​Soumare is reunited with Montreal manager Frank Klopas, under whom he played with the Chicago Fire. In his first stint with the Fire, Soumare was a Best XI defender, in 2008.

He left the league for options abroad before returning with the Philadelphia Union in 2012. He played sparingly for the Union before ultimately returning to Chicago and playing 48 games (47 starts) over the last two seasons.

Another veteran defender on the move is Marvell Wynne, with the speedy right back/center back being selected by the San Jose Earthquakes. San Jose, which opens the new Avaya Stadium in 2015, also picked veteran winger Sanna Nyassi, making two of the eight overall selections in the second phase of the draft.

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Three players – Robbie Findley (Toronto FC), Kronberg (Impact) and Andy Gruenebaum (San Jose Earthquakes) – were taken in the first phase, in which existing player contract options must be picked up by the selecting teams. In the second phase, teams are required to make bona fide offers to players, but can sign for different contract terms. If players don't sign, their MLS rights still belong to the selecting team, pending any changes in the new collective bargaining agreement.

The likes of 100-plus-goal scorers Edson Buddle and Dwayne De Rosario were available Thursday, as were veteran left back Gonzalo Segares, veteran goalkeeper Troy Perkins and former U.S. national team player Bobby Convey. All of the players not selected (full list of draft-eligible players can be seen here) now become free agents and can sign with any club.

Here's how the draft unfolded:


Montreal Impact - Bakary Soumare, D, Chicago Fire

San Jose Earthquakes - Marvell Wynne, D, Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids - PASS

Chicago Fire - PASS

Houston Dynamo - Chandler Hoffman, LA Galaxy

Toronto FC - PASS

Philadelphia Union - PASS

Portland Timbers - PASS

Sporting KC - PASS

Vancouver Whitecaps - PASS

Columbus Crew - PASS

FC Dallas - Atiba Harris, M, San Jose Earthquakes

Real Salt Lake - PASS

D.C. United - PASS

New York Red Bulls - PASS

Seattle Sounders - PASS

New England Revolution - Tristan Bowen, F, Seattle Sounders

LA Galaxy - PASS

New York City FC - PASS

Orlando City - Josh Ford, GK, Seattle Sounders


Montreal Impact - PASS

San Jose Earthquakes - Sanna Nyassi, Chicago Fire

Houston Dynamo - Nathan Sturgis, Chivas USA

FC Dallas - PASS

New England Revolution - PASS

Orlando City - PASS

Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)