NEW YORK (AP) — The Montreal Impact made Houston forward Brian Ching the first pick in the Major League Soccer expansion draft, even though he has threatened to retire if he has to leave the Dynamo.
The Impact become the league’s 19th team next season and selected 10 players Wednesday from 272 left unprotected.
Montreal also took Chivas USA defender Zarek Valentin, Philadelphia midfielder Justin Mapp, San Jose defender Bobby Burling, Vancouver midfielder Jeb Brovsky, Salt Lake midfielder Collen Warner, Columbus defender Josh Gardner, Colorado midfielder Sanna Nyassi, Seattle defender James Riley and Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic.
Riley then was traded to Chivas USA for forward Justin Braun and midfielder Gerson Mayen.
In a separate waiver draft, Philadelphia took Vancouver midfielder Nizar Khalfan.