MLS: Recapping Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft

Some unexpected fireworks were created on Thursday during Stage One of the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft. 

The first stage of the re-entry process featured 57 eligible players with D.C. United containing the first pick.

However, it was not D.C. that sent shock waves throughout the league with their pick, as that job was done by the Portland Timbers. 

Just before the re-entry draft began at 3 p.m. ET, the Timbers traded defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste and the No. 17 pick in the re-entry draft to Chivas USA for the No. 2 pick and Jorge Villafana. 

After the deal was announced, the Timbers got down to business and opted to choose former Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani with their pick.

The pick of Zakuani, who has not been the same player since breaking his leg in 2011, thickened the plot of one of the biggest rivalries in North America just a bit more.


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