Four Players Selected During Stage 1 of 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft

Four players were selected in Stage One of the Re-Entry Process on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

You can read more about the Re-Entry rules here.

 Inter Miami CF had traded to have the number one pick in the re-entry process and selected left back Mikey Ambrose. The former Atlanta United player has appeared in 25 matches over his four-year MLS career. He notably started Atlanta’s Eastern Conference Semifinal match against the Philadelphia Union. Miami’s sporting director Paul McDonough previously acquired Ambrose in Orlando and Atlanta, so obviously he thinks highly of the defender’s abilities.

Nashville SC moved up in the order earlier on Tuesday, trading their second-round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in exchange for the second pick. With that pick they selected defender Eric Miller, who has played with the Montreal ImpactColorado RapidsMinnesota United FC and New York City FC. A six-year veteran, Miller has made 115 appearances while playing both fullback spots. His option had been declined by NYCFC following the 2019 season.

Goalkeepers featured in the last two picks and both are projected to fill backup goalkeeping roles with their clubs. 

Sporting Kansas City selected Richard Sanchez. He will compete with Eric Dick for the backup role behind Tim Melia. The former FC Dallas Homegrown has spent the last three seasons with Chicago Fire FC, most notably making 25 starts in 2018.

Finally, the New York Red Bulls picked up Kendall McIntosh, who joins Ryan Meara among goalkeepers with the Red Bulls after the club declined Luis Robles’ option. The 25-year-old was signed by the Portland Timbers prior to the 2017 season after impressing with T2 in the USL Championship. He has yet to make his MLS debut.

Selecting Club’s Requirements

Clubs must exercise the option for, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to, all players selected in Stage One and may not select their own draft-eligible players. Players with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to the drafting club’s roster. 

Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club will hold the Right of First Refusal for that player in MLS.

Next Up: Re-Entry Stage 2

The final postseason roster mechanism will be Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process, which will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The list of players eligible for Re-Entry, Stage 2 will be announced on Dec. 3 at 11 am ET.

Re-Entry, Stage One Results

ClubPlayerStatusSelected By
AtlantaMikey AmbroseOut-of ContractMiami
NYCFCEric MillerOption DeclineNashville
ChicagoRichard SanchezOption DeclineSporting KC
PortlandKendall McIntoshOption DeclineNY Red Bulls
PlayersNot Selected
ChicagoStefan ClevelandOption Decline
ChicagoDavid OustedOption Decline
ColoradoKofi OpareOption Decline
ColoradoDillon SernaOut of Contract
ColumbusAlex CrognaleOption Decline
ColumbusDavid GuzmanOption Decline
ColumbusJordan HamiltonOption Decline
ColumbusConnor MaloneyOption Decline
ColumbusRomario WilliamsOut of Contract
D.C. UnitedEarl Edwards Jr.Option Decline
D.C. UnitedJalen RobinsonOut of Contract
CincinnatiCorben BoneOption Decline
CincinnatiRoland LamahOption Decline
CincinnatiJimmy McLaughlinOption Decline
CincinnatiBlake SmithOption Decline
FC DallasCristian ColmanOption Decline
FC DallasMoises HernandezOption Decline
HoustonEric BirdOption Decline
HoustonJuan David CabezasOption Decline
HoustonDarwin CerenOut of Contract
LAFCDejan JakovicOption Decline
LA GalaxyJoao PedroOption Decline
MinnesotaMiguel IbarraOption Decline
MinnesotaCollin MartinOption Decline
MinnesotaRasmus SchullerOption Decline
MontrealAnthony Jackson-HamelOption Decline
n/aCharlie LyonOption Decline
n/aYura MovsisyanOption Decline
New EnglandJuan AgudeloOption Decline
New EnglandCody CropperOut of Contract
New EnglandBrian WrightOption Decline
NY Red BullsVincent BezecourtOption Decline
NY Red BullsMarcus EppsOption Decline
NY Red BullsDerrick EtienneOption Decline
NY Red BullsEvan LouroOption Decline
NY Red BullsBradley Wright-PhillipsOut of Contract
OrlandoCristian HiguitaOut of Contract
OrlandoShane O’NeillOption Decline
OrlandoDillon PowersOption Decline
OrlandoOriol RosellOption Decline
PhiladelphiaR.J. AllenOption Decline
PhiladelphiaFabinhoOption Decline
PortlandDiego ValeriOption Decline
Salt LakeJordan AllenOption Decline
Salt LakeAlex HorwathOption Decline
Salt LakeLuke MulhollandOption Decline
Salt LakeJoão PlataOption Decline
Salt LakeMarcelo SilvaOption Decline
San JoseFrancois AffolterOption Decline
San JoseJimmy OckfordOption Decline
SeattleSaad Abdul-SalaamOption Decline
SeattleJonathan CampbellOption Decline
SeattleVictor RodriguezOption Decline
SeattleLuis SilvaOption Decline
SeattleRoman TorresOption Decline
Sporting KCKrisztian NemethOut of Contract
Toronto FCCaleb Patterson-SewellOption Decline
VancouverVictor GiroOption Decline
VancouverBrett LevisOut of Contract
VancouverScott SutterOption Decline

Source: MLS Communications with edits by Russo Soccer