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Mutiny puts 3 starters on draft list

Starters Cle Kooiman and Mark Dougherty were among the 12 Mutiny players left unprotected for Major League Soccer's expansion draft.

All 10 MLS teams were required to make at least 10 players available for Thursday's draft. Teams with players on injured reserve were forced to put extra players on the unprotected list. Tampa Bay had 12 because Jacek Ziober and Joao Batista sustained season-ending injuries.

Also included on the list were midfielders Derek Backman, Marco Ferruzzi, Sam George and Nelson Vargas; forwards Chiquinho Conde, Musa Shannon and Alan Prampin; defenders Adam Frye and Bill Harte; and goalkeeper Scott Budnick.

The expansion teams, the Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion, will pick players from the leaguewide list in a 12-round draft. Miami will pick first in each round.

Once a team loses a player, it can protect another from the list. No team may lose more than three players. There is only one foreign player per team on the list.

The Mutiny's list was put together by general manager and president Nick Sakiewicz, coach John Kowalski and assistant coach Tom Durkin.

"It was right up to the last minute," Durkin said. "You agonize over which players to put on the list. This is something we started thinking about right when the season ended."

For the most part, there were no surprises. Only three of the players _ Kooiman, Dougherty and Conde, who was acquired in a midseason trade with New England _ were starters. Dougherty has played in 54 games over two seasons. Kooiman also has played in 54 games, all starts.

The Mutiny believes Vargas, a former Olympian and Miami native, has a bright future. He has played in 30 games over two seasons.

"It was very tough, a long ordeal," Sakiewicz said. "It's like a poker game. Nobody wants to show all of their cards. The worst that could happen is that we lose three players."

Others made available for the draft include former Mutiny players Evans Wise and Giuseppe Galderisi (New England), and Steve Pittman (Colorado). Roy Wegerle, a former Tampa Bay Rowdie, made D.C. United's list. And Paul Caligiuri was surprisingly left unprotected by Los Angeles.