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MLS Re-Entry Draft: Avila, Casey, Hartman And Wahl Headline Union Possibilities

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The quartet are the most likely selections by the Philadelphia Union in this year's edition of the Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft.

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Of the long list of players who will be available in today's First Stage of the 2012 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft, only four should be truly intriguing to the Philadelphia Union for the 2013 season.

  1. Tyson Wahl - The left back has never been the fastest man on the field, but at 6-foot, 2-inches tall, Wahl would immediately become the tallest defender on the Union's backline. His chemistry with the newly acquired Jeff Parke, a teammate of Wahl's with the Sounders in 2010-11, would also do nicely for Philadelphia. Wahl is the best left back, based on the way he's played in the past few years, on the list and, outside of another signing of Porfirio Lopez quality, probably the only risk/reward possibility that would work out well for the Union. His salary also isn't a cap buster.
  2. Conor Casey - Despite suffering an awful leg injury, Casey has remained a prime target for most MLS sides due to his pedigree as one of the greatest target strikers in league history. He may not be able to breakaway from opponents and his scoring touch could have escaped him, but for hold up play and a tall target downt he field, Casey wouldn't be a bad option for Philadelphia.
  3. Eric Avila - The creative midfielder never got the chance to perform at FC Dallas and played on an awful Toronto FC side. He would get the space he needed to show off his talent with the Union, if their midfield works out the way it has shaped up so far this offseason.
  4. Kevin Hartman - Simply put, Hartman was interesting because of the apparent need for a veteran behind starter Zac MacMath. Chase Harrison and Chris Konopka performed very well last year, but there's a certain sentiment around PPL Park that MacMath still needs more mentoring.
A first stage selection will require a team to give the player a five percent raise on his 2012 salary. A second stage, next Friday, selection would allow the player and team to negotiate a new contract.