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Mock MLS Dispersal Draft: Allocating Chivas USA's players

And the No. 1 pick was not Dan Kennedy.

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Thankfully, Major League Soccer has only held one Dispersal Draft prior to this year. But on Wednesday, they'll do it again, sending former Chivas USA players to new homes. But it's not quite as straight-forward as all that.

The big note here is that any player selected must have his option exercised, so it wouldn't be entirely shocking if a highly paid and underperforming player like Nigel Reo-Coker goes unpicked. That means no renegotiating unless the player is already out of contract, which is what makes Oswaldo Minda a bit of a wild card. Similarly, players who were at Chivas USA on loan would need to have those deals re-upped, which is why someone like Luis Bolanos might not be selected.

We asked our bloggers to make their best guesses as to who would go where. These were the results:

1. FC Dallas - Marky Delgado

As enticing as Dan Kennedy is, FC Dallas doesn't really need a keeper. The only reason for picking him is to immediately trade him for a SuperDraft pick but I don't think they can get a good first-round pick for Kennedy. So enter Delgado, a young player that Oscar Pareja can do wonders with in various spots on the field like center midfield, fullback or out wide on the flanks -- all areas that FCD could use some depth in. - Drew Epperley, Big D Soccer

2. New York City FC - Dan Kennedy

Kennedy is one of the few players at Chivas USA who saw his stature increase, despite the operatic collapse of the club. His play in goal for Chivas was often one of the only things that kept games competitive. Moreover, he went out of his way to establish rapport with fans, and to be a good representative of a club that often wasn't interested in those things. I've long been interested in what Kennedy could accomplish were he to play for a middling club, never mind a good-to-great one. At New York City, Kennedy will have the support he was so often denied at Chivas. - Rafa Noboa y Rivera, Hudson River Blue

3. Sporting Kansas City - Andrew Jean-Baptiste

Baptiste is a solid defender and is still just 22 years old. With Sporting KC's injury problems on the back line and the upcoming expansion draft, bolstering that area seems like a good move. - Ben Gartland, The Blue Testament

4. D.C. United - Thomas McNamara

With Delgado off the board, D.C. United turns to another young, creative player. Despite coming off of an ACL repair, the mulleted one will continue the young and American bent upon which Ben Olsen has focused, and he can play as a forward as well as across the midfield. - Ben Bromley, Black and Red United

5. New England Revolution - Donny Toia

Not a lot of what remains fits the Revs' needs or MO, but Toia is a low-priced flier that sounds exactly like the sort of move this club makes. He's a young, cheap, versatile defender who could really come in handy in a pinch. If worse comes to worst, he can always spend time developing his game in Rochester. - Steve Stoehr, The Bent Musket

6. Montreal Impact - Jhon-Kennedy Hurtado

Even though the Impact are cap heavy, Hurtado is the best available choice, especially given that Frank Klopas needs a central defender since not renewing Matteo Ferrari's contract. Hurtado is the best choice available at this point, although it's entirely possible the Impact pass. - Sofiane Benzaza, Mount Royal Soccer

7. Orlando City - Bobby Burling

As an experienced defender, Burling could be a useful player for an Orlando City club with a plethora of extremely young guys on the back line. Adrian Heath will be looking to add several players at key positions with MLS experience. We could also see Orlando City going with Nigel Reo-Coker here despite the high price tag. - Michael Citro, The Mane Land

8. Colorado Rapids - Pass

The Rapids are a team that currently has a few very good, star-caliber players with a whole lot of nothing below them on the depth chart. That in mind, I went into this thinking that I would only pick a player who I thought would actively make the Rapids a better team, and not another no-name to add to the pile of no-names littering the roster already. None of the players who fit that criteria fell to No. 8 in this draft. - Chris White, Burgundy Wave

9. San Jose Earthquakes - Kris Tyrpak

He's inexpensive and the Earthquakes can use all young forwards they can find. - Robert Jonas, Center Line Soccer

10. Real Salt Lake - Pass

Real Salt Lake passes in the Dispersal Draft for a few reasons, but the depth of the team means that most options have an equivalent already bedded into the club. The one exception to all the meandering is Donny Toia, who spent a year with the club in 2011, but never made the team. He's since developed into a fine player, and the Revs taking him left us with no choice but to pass. - Matt Montgomery, RSL Soapbox

11. Houston Dynamo - Caleb Calvert

Defense is Houston's No. 1 need, but forward depth is also a concern. We were originally considering drafting the goat so we could have two mascots, but decided to go in a different direction. - Derek Stowers, Dynamo Theory

12. Portland Timbers - Agustin Pelletieri

The Timbers could always use another Argentine. Plus, with the expansion draft coming up, it is hard to imagine that the Timbers come through with their group of three holding midfielders (Will Johnson, Diego Chara, and Ben Zemanski) intact. Pelletieri is ready-made to step in and fill a potential hole for the Timbers without breaking the bank. - William Conwell, Stumptown Footy

13. Chicago Fire - Akira Kaji

Fire need defensive help, especially after releasing half their team, and will take a flyer on the former Japan international. - Sean Spence, Hot Time In Old Town

14. Toronto FC - Oswaldo Minda

He is out of contract in December, but that might make him an even more enticing acquisition for TFC as they will have a chance to renegotiate him. They likely wouldn't sign him, especially if he wants anywhere near what he was being paid last season. Still, he would be a pretty solid midfield partner for Michael Bradley. It's worth at least trying to figure something out with him. - Mitchell Tierney, Waking the Red

15. Columbus Crew SC - Pass

Columbus is likely looking to fill holes at forward and right back, but the options remaining don't fit. - Patrick Guldan, Massive Report

16. LA Galaxy - Pass

They won't pick a player here, but they will continue to negotiate with Cubo Torres, but shhh don't tell anybody. - Jocelyn Becker, LAG Confidential

17. Philadelphia Union - Martin Rivero

Despite his injury history, Martin Rivero is 25 years old with plenty of yet unrealized potential. The Union are in desperate need of depth all across the field and if he is healthy, Rivero could provide that for the Union in the midfield area. - Justin Feinberg, Brotherly Game

18. New York Red Bulls - Ryan Finley

The Red Bulls need some help at the forward position with only the human train wreck that is Saer Sene providing cover up front. Finley is a local-ish guy -- he's from South Jersey -- with a solid college pedigree (led the nation in scoring at Notre Dame). And at 6'0, he could provide a change of pace from the diminutive Bradley Wright-Phillips. If it all works out, Finley provides the Red Bulls with depth and versatility. If it doesn't, hey, he's only getting paid $51,000. - Matt Coyne, Once a Metro

19. Seattle Sounders FC - Nathan Sturgis

Seattle could lose a central midfielder in the expansion draft and one is likely to be the right back of 2015. Sturgis knows the system here and has played the b2b role well in the past. He's also much better than when he was with Sigi Schmid the last time. - Dave Clark, Sounder at Heart

20. Vancouver Whitecaps FC - Pass

The Whitecaps need either a pure goal scorer to finally replace former gold boot winner Camilo, or a strong defender who can contend for a starting spot if Andy O'Brien and the club decide to part ways, or if there are injuries. Seeing none available with the 20th overall pick, they'll pass. - Jon Szekeres, Eighty-Six Forever