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Later today, the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft first phase will take place. While there is a decent amount of talent in the pool, there historically isn't a large amount of action in the first round. In fact, it’s likely there isn't much to report by day’s end.
Next week (December 18), phase two will take place and the league could see much more player movement at that time.
MLS released the initial list of available players for the draft on December 9. A few players have either withdrawn or been moved ahead of the draft.
Dynamo in the Re-Entry Draft
For Houston, Bobby Boswell and Calen Carr are out of contract and available, while Cam Weaver and Michael Chabala are on the list after Houston declined their options for 2014.
According to Dynamo President Chris Canetti, all of the players will go through the Re-Entry process which means none of the players have come to an agreement with the Dynamo prior to the draft.
If any of the available players are selected, they would obviously join that respective club.
If they make it through the first round, Canetti says in regards to their future in orange: “We’ll see what happens and go from there. Each player’s situation is unique and looked at differently.”
Either way, the club is prepared for any situation.
“There are various scenarios that can take place, and we have plans for each of them,” Canetti says.
Driver Deal is Far Apart
Andrew Driver’s situation is a bit different, as he isn't eligible for the Re-Entry Draft after Houston declined his option for 2014. After joining the Dynamo on loan, Houston was able to keep the midfielder through the end of the season, but he’d have to take less money to stay in orange. Driver had a pretty successful season in Houston and will likely draw some interest abroad.
I’m told Houston has made an attempt to bring the English midfielder back.
“While we declined his option, we made an offer on a new deal,” Canetti tells me.
The door hasn’t closed on Driver’s return, but Canetti admits the two sides “are far apart.”