Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Conrad and Wolff out, Hejduk in

Josh Wolff was taken first overall in the Re-Entry draft by DC United and Jimmy Conrad was taken second by Chivas USA. Sporting Kansas City selected Frankie Hejduk from the Columbus Crew.

Jimmy will be missed by many fans in Kansas City. He quickly became a fan favorite in Kansas City when he was traded in 2003 from San Jose. His sense of humor, quick wit and willingness to interact with the fans combined with quality play in central defense made it easy for fans to fall in love with Conrad.

Wolff also came to Kansas City in 2003 (from Chicago). Wolff left to go to Germany after the 2006 season and returned to the Wizards midway through 2008 and helped the team reach the playoffs. Josh has scored in double digits three times for Kansas City, 10 goals in 2004 and 2005 and 11 goals in 2009. With the Wizards change to the 4-3-3 formation Josh never seemed to find his comfort zone and saw his time diminish and eventually do well as a sub. DC United is looking for Wolff's veteran presence to help their younger players and add a little scoring punch.

Kansas City picked up Frankie Hejduk. This could be for some extra cover with the departure of Leathers in the expansion draft, insurance in case Harrington does not sign or just to get some more veteran leadership in the locker room with the departure of Wolff and Conrad. Or he could just be trade bait for another deal somewhere down the line.

The Re-Entry draft results:

D.C. United: Josh Wolff (Kansas City)
Chivas USA: Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City)
New England Revolution: Ryan Cochrane (Houston)
L.A. Galaxy: Juan Pablo Angel (New York)
Chicago Fire: Cory Gibbs (New England)
Sporting KC: Frankie Hejduk (Columbus)
Seattle Sounders: Chris Seitz (Philadelphia)
Columbus Crew: Jeff Cunningham (Dallas)
L.A. Galaxy: Luke Sassano (New York)
Colorado Rapids: Tyrone Marshall (Seattle)
New England Revolution: Fred (Philadelphia)

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