The Seattle Sounders passed in today’s phase one of the MLS re-entry draft, but there were reports of other moves involving the club, most prominently the trade of midfielder Marco Pappa to the Colorado Rapids.
The Pappa deal was reported by Kyle McCarthy, the Denver Post and perhaps among others, although the Sounders would not comment. Pappa -- whose contract called for a major bump in 2016 -- would be sent to the Rapids for allocatuion money.
Earlier in the day, Pappa and Zach Scott were removed from the re-entry draft list. The Pappa move was seen as setting the stage for the trade, while the Scott move could signal his retirement and perhaps return to the club in some other capacity.
Last week, the Sounders had chosen not to pick up the contracts of either player.
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Defender Leo Gonzalez remained on the re-entry list but was not among the two players selected.
Here’s the draft report from the league:
A total of two players were selected today in Stage One of the 2015 Re-Entry Draft. After trading up for the first pick, FC Dallas chose newly crowned MLS Cup champion Maximiliano Urruti while Sporting Kansas City picked up goalkeeper Alec Kann, formerly of the Chicago Fire.
Players not selected today are eligible for Stage Two of the draft, which will take place on Thursday, December 17 at 3 p.m. ET. MLS will release the results following the call.
A player may choose to opt out of the Re-Entry Process prior to Stage Two of the draft. In such instances, the right of first refusal for the player will remain with his previous club. Players who remain unselected after Stage Two will be available to any MLS club on a first come, first served basis.