MLS Re-Entry Draft 2011: Bobby Boswell, Bobby Convey, Highlight Lackluster List

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 23: Bobby Boswell #32 of the Houston Dynamo celebrates after scoring in the 48th minute against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Robertson Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 3-1. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Players who are at least 23 years old with three years of experience and had options declined are eligible for the Re-Entry process.

Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell and San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Bobby Convey are probably the two most interesting names who will be available in 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Stage 1 of the draft will be held on Dec. 5, with Stage 2 coming a week later.

The list of available players was announced on Wednesday, and it's noticeably lacking big-name players. It is worth noting players must be at least 23 years old with three years of MLS experience to be eligible for the Re-Entry Draft, so even though someone like Columbus Crew Designated Player Andres Mendoza had his option declined, he was not eligible. Players who are at least 25 with four years of experience can enter this draft if they are out of contract, as opposed to having their option declined.

That said, it's particularly surprising to see Boswell on this list. Although he was probably due a raise on his reported 2011 salary of $210,000, the Dynamo protected him in last week's Expansion Draft. It's notable mainly because Boswell was protected over Brian Ching, whose selection set off a cacophony of complaints from the Dynamo and their fans. The 28-year-old center back also enjoyed a career year last year and scored five goals, while making 29 starts. He has made at least 26 starts in all but one of his seven MLS seasons. It's possible that the Dynamo now plan to trade Boswell to the Montreal Impact or anywhere else by Friday, but this would seem to limit their negotiating abilities.

Convey's inclusion is far less surprising. The midfielder and sometimes left back has been at odds with Earthquakes management for some time and his departure was essentially announced awhile back. Considering he made well over $300,000 last year and is probably due a raise, it's unlikely that he'll be selected in Stage 1 of this draft, but could be picked in Stage 2 when teams are able to renegotiate contracts of players they've picked. Convey is just one year removed from his Comeback Player of the Year performance in 2010 when he helped lead the Earthquakes to their first playoff appearance since returning to the league in 2008.

Other somewhat notable players to be eligible in this draft include Jeff Cunningham, Joe Cannon, Maicon Santos, Santino Quaranta, Jean Alexandre, Bouna Condoul, Arturo Alvarez, Andy Williams

Complete list of Players:

2011 Club

Player Name

Position

Years of MLS Experience

Contract Status

Chicago Fire

Conway, Jon

GK

12

OPTION DECLINED

Chicago Fire

Dufty, Alec

GK

3

OPTION DECLINED

Chicago Fire

Husidic, Baggio

M

3

OPTION DECLINED

Chivas USA

Boyens, Andrew

D

5

OPTION DECLINED

Chivas USA

Chijindu, Chukwudi

M/F

3

OPTION DECLINED

Chivas USA

Elliott, Simon

M

9

OUT OF CONTRACT

Chivas USA

Jazic, Ante

D

6

OPTION DECLINED

Chivas USA

Thornton, Zach

GK

16

OPTION DECLINED

Chivas USA

Trujillo, Mariano

M

3

OPTION DECLINED

Colorado Rapids

Holody, Mike

D

3

OPTION DECLINED

Columbus Crew

Burns, Kevin

M

4

OPTION DECLINED

Columbus Crew

Cunningham, Jeff

F

14

OPTION DECLINED

D.C. United

Barklage, Brandon

M

3

OPTION DECLINED

D.C. United

Burch, Marc

D

6

OPTION DECLINED

D.C. United

Cronin, Steve

GK

7

OPTION DECLINED

D.C. United

McTavish, Devon

D

6

OPTION DECLINED

D.C. United

Morsink, Kurt

M

5

OPTION DECLINED

D.C. United

Ngwenya, Joseph

F

6

OPTION DECLINED

D.C. United

Quaranta, Santino

M

11

OPTION DECLINED

D.C. United

Simms, Clyde

M

7

OPTION DECLINED

D.C. United

Zayner, Jed

D

6

OPTION DECLINED

FC Dallas

Galindo, Maykel

D

5

OPTION DECLINED

FC Dallas

Santos, Maicon

M

3

OPTION DECLINED

Houston Dynamo

Boswell, Bobby

D

7

OPTION DECLINED

Houston Dynamo

Freeman, Hunter

D

6

OPTION DECLINED

Houston Dynamo

Garey, Jason

F

6

OPTION DECLINED

Houston Dynamo

Robinson, Eddie

D

11

OPTION DECLINED

LA Galaxy

Cristman, Adam

M

5

OPTION DECLINED

LA Galaxy

Hejduk, Frankie

D

9

OPTION DECLINED

LA Galaxy

Robinson, Dasan

D

5

OPTION DECLINED

League Pool Goalkeeper

Sharpe, Chris

GK

5

OPTION DECLINED

Montreal Impact

Pore, Ryan

M

5

OPTION DECLINED

Montreal Impact

Sutton, Greg

GK

7

OPTION DECLINED

New England Revolution

Cochrane, Ryan

D

8

OPTION DECLINED

New England Revolution

Dube, Kheli

F

4

OPTION DECLINED

New England Revolution

Phelan, Pat

M

4

OPTION DECLINED

New York Red Bulls

Albright, Chris

D

13

OPTION DECLINED

New York Red Bulls

Coundoul, Bouna

GK

7

OPTION DECLINED

New York Red Bulls

Mendes, Carlos

D

7

OPTION DECLINED

Philadelphia Union

Harrison, Chase

GK

4

OPTION DECLINED

Philadelphia Union

Miglioranzi, Stefani

M

6

OPTION DECLINED

Portland Timbers

Brown, Adin

GK

6

OPTION DECLINED

Portland Timbers

Lopez, Rodrigo

M

4

OPTION DECLINED

Portland Timbers

Lowry, Peter

M

4

OPTION DECLINED

Real Salt Lake

Alexandre, Jean

M

3

OPTION DECLINED

Real Salt Lake

Alvarez, Arturo

M/F

9

OUT OF CONTRACT

Real Salt Lake

Wagner, Blake

M

4

OPTION DECLINED

Real Salt Lake

Gonzalez, Nelson

M/F

3

OPTION DECLINED

Real Salt Lake

McKenzie, Rauwshan

D

4

OPTION DECLINED

Real Salt Lake

Williams, Andy

M

14

OUT OF CONTRACT

San Jose Earthquakes

Convey, Bobby

D/M

8

OPTION DECLINED

San Jose Earthquakes

Leitch, Chris

D

10

OPTION DECLINED

San Jose Earthquakes

Moreira, Andre Luiz

M

3

OPTION DECLINED

San Jose Earthquakes

Peterson, Jacob

M

6

OPTION DECLINED

San Jose Earthquakes

Sealy, Scott

F

7

OPTION DECLINED

San Jose Earthquakes

Weber, Andrew

GK

4

OPTION DECLINED

Seattle Sounders FC

Boss, Terry

GK

4

OPTION DECLINED

Seattle Sounders FC

Graham, Taylor

D

7

OPTION DECLINED

Seattle Sounders FC

Jaqua, Nate

F

9

OPTION DECLINED

Seattle Sounders FC

Noonan, Pat

F

9

OPTION DECLINED

Sporting Kansas City

Sassano, Luke

M

4

OPTION DECLINED

Sporting Kansas City

Thomas, Shavar

D

9

OPTION DECLINED

Toronto FC

Borman, Danleigh

D

4

OUT OF CONTRACT

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Cannon, Joe

GK

14

OPTION DECLINED

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Janicki, Greg

D

3

OPTION DECLINED

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Leathers, Jonathan

D

4

OUT OF CONTRACT

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Nolly, Jay

GK

4

OPTION DECLINED

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Thorrington, John

M

7

OPTION DECLINED

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Vagenas, Peter

M

12

OPTION DECLINED

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