MLS Mock Expansion Draft 2011, Eighth Round: Montreal Impact Select Austin Da Luz (D.C. United)

With their eighth pick in the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft, the (fake) Montreal Impact select:

Austin Da Luz (M, D.C. United)

Kevin's explanation: Yet another pick made on the basis of youth and finances. Da Luz is only 24 years old and proved that he's a solid MLS left winger during this season with DC. There aren't a whole lot of solid left-footed left wingers who can cross, so Da Luz is certainly worth a roster place for almost any team in the league, especially at his current base salary of $42,000. 

As a random aside, why did the Red Bulls axe this guy? They need cheap players to stay under the cap and they don't have a "true" left winger. Joel Lindpere is obviously very good there, but he's not really a true winger and there's no great backup option if he ever stops being Ironman. The Red Bulls are the absolute worst.

Analysis from Drew Epperley: Another youth pick here, not a bad one either considering he's at the base $42,000 salary. Finding quality wing players in MLS is tough and if you can develop a young one like this you could hit the lottery in the end. 

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