Sporting Kansas City drafted veteran defender Frankie Hejduk in the second phase of Major League Soccers re-entry draft on Wednesday, then dealt him to the Los Angeles Galaxy for the rights to defender/midfielder Luke Sassano.
By PETE GRATHOFF
The Kansas City Star
Sassano, 25, was taken by the Galaxy later in the first round of Wednesdays stage two re-entry draft after having his option declined by New York, where he played the last three seasons.
Although it passed on Sassano initially, Sporting KC subsequently acquired the rights to Sassano from the Galaxy in exchange for the rights to Hejduk, Kansas Citys lone selection in the re-entry draft. Kansas City can now negotiate to sign Sassano for the 2011 season.
Sporting KC did not receive anything else in the trade. It was a straight player for player exchange.
Sporting lost forward Josh Wolff, who was the first pick in the draft. He was chosen by D.C. United, and because Wolff is under contract, he was added to D.C.s roster.
Chivas USA picked second and grabbed defender Jimmy Conrad from Sporting KC. Because he is not under contract, Chivas has seven days to make an offer to Conrad.
"Jimmy and Josh have each been an integral part of this team for a long time," Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said. "We appreciate all of their contributions both on and off the field during their tenures, and wish each of them the best as they continue their careers."
Sassano, drafted by the Red Bulls in the third round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, played in 42 games, including postseason, for New York over the past three years. He made 22 appearances in his rookie season, including starts in all four postseason matches as the Red Bulls reached their first-ever MLS Cup in 2008. He then played in 17 games in 2009 and three games last year before suffering a season-ending ankle injury mid-season.