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Orlando City Passes on Stage 1 of the 2015 MLS Re-Entry Draft

A look at the Re-Entry Draft and the pros and cons of Orlando City not selecting a player in Stage 1.

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Orlando City declined to select any players in the first phase of the 2015 MLS Re-Entry Draft yesterday, choosing not to add any of the league's returning veterans to the roster. This in itself is not surprising. Only FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas City opted to take part in the draft, with the Hoops taking ex-Portland forward Maximiliano Urruti with the first pick and SKC grabbing ex-Chicago goalkeeper Alec Kann with the 11th pick. All other teams passed.

Last season, the Lions also passed in the first stage of the Re-Entry Draft. However, Orlando grabbed goalkeeper Josh Ford from Seattle in the second stage, held the following week. This year's second phase will take place on Thursday at 3 p.m. and City may be active again.

Why do most teams pass on the first stage? If a club selects a player in Stage 1, the team must exercise the option for, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to, the player selected. If the player then rejects the offer, the drafting club holds that player's right of first refusal. Players with option years remaining on their contract will be added to the team's roster.

However, if a team waits until Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft, the club can negotiate a new deal with players they select. This is a way to get the same player a team may be interested in at a lower cost.

Orlando let go of a lot of depth players after the 2015 season. Guys like Lewis Neal, Eric Avila, Corey Ashe, Danny Mwanga and others will have to be replaced. Chief Soccer Officer Armando Carneiro obviously thought the Lions could upgrade those spots this off-season. Useful players like Jairo Arrieta, Robbie Findley, Mauro Rosales and others could have been added. Perhaps Orlando will take a flyer on one of them (or someone else) in Stage 2, to try to get them for less money.

The benefits of selecting a player in Stage 1 is that the club pretty much gets its pick of whoever is available, and can add depth to its roster with an experienced player. The cons are that those players are often overpriced or have not met expectations elsewhere. By passing in Stage 1, a team risks not getting a player in which it is interested, but it may get that same player in Stage 2 for less money. So, it's a bit of a gamble for some teams that need to add quality depth. For Orlando City, the Re-Entry Draft process offers a chance at picking up a veteran goalkeeper to compete with Earl Edwards Jr. for the No. 1 spot or a veteran forward who can spell Cyle Larin, or add depth to the back line or attacking midfield.

City will have the seventh selection again on Thursday. Below is a list of available players:

Player

Position

Released By

Alexander López

MF

Houston Dynamo

Andy Dorman

MF

New England Revolution

Anthony Wallace

D

New York Red Bulls

Antoine Hoppenot

F

Philadelphia Union

Brian Perk

GK

Los Angeles Galaxy

Bright Dike

F

Carlos Alvarez

MF

Colorado Rapids

Chandler Hoffman

F

Houston Dynamo

Charlie Rugg

F

Los Angeles Galaxy

Chris Konopka

GK

Toronto FC

Chris Schuler

D

Real Salt Lake

Danny Cruz

MF

Philadelphia Union

Danny Mwanga

F

Orlando City SC

Donovan Ricketts

GK

Los Angeles Galaxy

Fred

MF

Philadelphia Union

Gabriel Torres

F

Colorado Rapids

Greg Cochrane

D

Chicago Fire

Jackson

MF

Toronto FC

Jairo Arrieta

F

D.C. United

Jalil Anibaba

D

Sporting Kansas City

Jason Johnson

F

Chicago Fire

Jeb Brovsky

D

New York City FC

Jeremy Hall

MF

New England Revolution

Jermaine Taylor

D

Houston Dynamo

Joe Bendik

GK

Toronto FC

Jordan Stewart

D

San Jose Earthquakes

Josh Ford

GK

Orlando City SC

Kevin Alston

D

New England Revolution

Kwame Watson-Siriboe

D

New York City FC

Leonardo González

D

Seattle Sounders FC

Lovel Palmer

D

Chicago Fire

Matt Lampson

GK

Columbus Crew SC

Matt Watson

MF

Chicago Fire

Mauro Rosales

MF

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Michael Farfan

MF

D.C. United

Michael Nanchoff

MF

Portland Timbers

Michel

D

FC Dallas

Mike Fucito

F

San Jose Earthquakes

Paolo Tornaghi

GK

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Robbie Findley

F

Toronto FC

Roy Miller

D

New York Red Bulls

Tally Hall

GK

Orlando City SC

Tommy Meyer

D

Los Angeles Galaxy

Tony Cascio

MF

Orlando City SC

Tony Lochhead

D

Vicente Sánchez

F

Colorado Rapids

Which players on the list do you think could help Orlando City in 2016?