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December 14, 2012 at 7:48 AM

MLS Re-Entry Draft resumes (Friday links)

MLS Logo.jpgUPDATE 11:40 a.m. — The LA Galaxy have acquired the No. 2 position in today’s order from Chivas USA for a first round supplemental pick, an international roster spot and the No. 19 position.

UPDATE 11:35 a.m. — Chicago’s Corben Bone has opted out of the process to continues talks with the team.

The first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft was a bit of a snoozer last week, but things should pick up in the second stage this afternoon.

Why? Well, teams can renegotiate contracts with selected players this time. That’s much more attractive than assuming the option price from a previous contract with someone else.

The draft resumes at noon and expect Twitter accounts to be active. As a preview, the league website ran a story of some of the best re-entry draft picks from the past few years (Sounders FC’s Marc Burch being one), accompanied by comparisons with eligible players this year.

Let’s get to some links:

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— First off, some moves from around the league, and New York made a big one by releasing maligned designated player Rafa Marquez (who has already signed on with a team in Mexico).

— Another could be coming as Soccer By Ives has reported that Portland is lining up a move for Mix Diskerud, a playmaking midfielder who is in the U.S. national team pool and has been playing abroad.

— There’s a lot more big stuff: Chivas USA hired a new coach in Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, Sporting KC gave a new deal to the reigning MLS Defender of the Year in Matt Besler, Vancouver did the same with top newcomer Y.P. Lee, and the Portland Timbers acquired Toronto FC’s Ryan Johnson and Milos Kocic in a trade (not to mention moved up in the allocation order, perhaps as a lead in to a Diskerud signing).

— Elsewhere, Sporting KC also traded for defender Ike Opara, Montreal agreed to a new deal with Justin Mapp, and Houston has re-signed the quartet of Brad Davis, Adam Moffat, Tally Hall and Tyler Deric.

— In a couple minor ones, Columbus signed a homegrown player out of Akron, and KC filled in its defensive depth with yet another offseason move.

— Regarding some rumors, it sounds like Sounders FC could also be interested in Jose David Velasquez Colon, another Honduran defender (more of a center back, apparently, while the long rumored Wilmer Crisanto is more of an attacking right back). Kansas City and the LA Galaxy are also on the end of some links to foreign talent.

— Orlando wants an MLS franchise, and soon it appears.

Here’s a report on who might be in the Generation adidas class of 2013, plus some other pre-MLS SuperDraft info.

Clint Dempsey was voted Futbol de Primera U.S. national team player of the year. That’s two in a row in that award, three overall. On the club front, Liverpool has apologized to Fulham for inappropriate actions regarding Dempsey interest over the summer.

— On the women’s soccer scene, the U.S. women beat China again, Portland’s women team announced its name (Thorns FC) and logo, here’s an update on D.C.’s team, and the new league could be called the Women’s Professional Soccer Association.

— Here’s a calendar of key dates and events in 2013.

— Here’s some video from SoundersFC.com of the end-of-the-year ECS party, and here’s a podcast run by some local guys with Burch on as a guest.

— Remember Messi‘s goal-scoring record this year? Well, the total is up to 88. Though some are protesting that it is the most ever in a calendar year for a player in club and country competition.

— Chelsea FC ousted Mexico’s CF Monterrey in the Club World Cup and will face Brazilian club Corinthians in the final.

— Lastly, a stat…

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