UPDATE: Dax McCarty has been dealt to DC United just hours after being drafted by the Portland Timbers in the MLS expansion draft. Portland acquired second-year defender Rodney Wallace and a fourth round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft in return.
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty and forward Atiba Harris have been taken in the first five picks of the MLS Expansion Draft. McCarty was chosen by the Portland Timbers with the first overall pick, and Harris was selected with the fourth pick by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Immediately after McCarty’s selection, Dallas protected 2010 team captain Daniel Hernandez. FCD was off the board after the Harris selection, as teams could only have two players maximum taken in the expansion draft.
McCarty was the talk of MLS when his name was released as a player available for selection, and most had predicted he would be taken with the first pick.
“Dax McCarty is a player that’s very practical for either of these teams,” said MLSsoccer.com’s Greg Lalas during the live broadcast of the expansion draft. “He’s 23, he’ll be great for you for 10 years.”
Rumors are also swirling that McCarty could have been taken by Portland as a trade option, with the LA Galaxy mentioned as a leading candidate.
“He might be the last piece for a team already close to winning an MLS Cup,” said Lalas before mentioning the Galaxy as an option.
Both McCarty and Harris were on the field as part of the FC Dallas Starting XI in Sunday’s MLS Cup loss to the Colorado Rapids. Anthony Wallace, selected with the seventh pick by Portland, was also a member of FC Dallas in the 2010 season before being traded to the Rapids in midseason. Wallace started for Colorado in Sunday's finale.
MLS Expansion Draft Selections:
1 (Portland) – Dax McCarty, FC Dallas
2 (Vancouver) – Sanna Nyassi, Seattle Sounders
3 (Portland) – Eric Brunner, Columbus Crew
4 (Vancouver) – Atiba Harris, FC Dallas
5 (Portland) – Adam Moffat, Columbus Crew
6 (Vancouver) – Nathan Sturgis, Seattle Sounders
7 (Portland) – Anthony Wallace, Colorado Rapids
8 (Vancouver) – Shea Salinas, Philadelphia Union
9 (Portland) – David Horst, Real Salt Lake
10 (Vancouver) – Alan Gordon, Chivas USA
11 (Portland) – Robbie Findley, Real Salt Lake
12 (Vancouver) – O’Brian White, Toronto FC
13 (Portland) – Peter Lowry, Chicago Fire
14 (Vancouver) – Alejandro Moreno, Philadelphia Union
15 (Portland) – Jonathan Bornstein, Chivas USA
16 (Vancouver) – Joe Cannon, San Jose Earthquakes
17 (Portland) – Jordan Graye, DC United
18 (Vancouver) – Jonathan Leathers, Sporting KC
19 (Portland) – Arturo Alvarez, San Jose Earthquakes
20 (Vancouver) – John Thorrington, Chicago Fire