Sporting Kansas City lost one player in Wednesday’s Major League Soccer expansion draft. Defender Jonathan Leathers, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound defender, was selected in the ninth round by the Vancouver Whitecaps. He was a second-round pick in the 2008 SuperDraft and appeared in 34 games and made 25 starts during his career, including eight games with three starts this season. He had one assist in his career, which came in his final game in Kansas City.
"We thank Jonathan for his time in Kansas City and wish him the best of luck moving forward," Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes said. "We’re sorry to see him go. He’s been a great pro since he’s been here and he has a great future ahead of him."
The full results, team by team, of the MLS Expansion Draft:PORTLAND TIMBERS
1. FC Dallas MF Dax McCarty
2. Columbus D Eric Brunner
3. Columbus MF Adam Moffat
4. Colorado D Anthony Wallace
5. Real Salt Lake D David Horst
6. Real Salt Lake F Robbie Findley*
7. Chicago MF Peter Lowry
8. Chivas USA D Jonathan Bornstein*
9. D.C. United D Jordan Graye
10. San Jose MF Arturo Alvarez*Findley is exploring his options in Europe, Bornstein is headed to Tigres in Mexico. Portland will retain the rights to both players. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
1. Seattle MF Sanna Nyassi
2. Dallas F Atiba Harris
3. Seattle MF Nathan Sturgis
4. Philadelphia MF Shea Salinas
5. Chivas USA F Alan Gordon
6. Toronto F O'Brian White
7. Philadelphia F Alejandro Moreno
8. San Jose GK Joe Cannon
9. Kansas City D Jonathan Leathers
10. Chicago MF John Thorrington
UPDATE: In an evening flurry of trades: Portland has shipped No. 1 pick Dax McCarty to D.C. United for Rodney Wallace and an undisclosed draft pick in the MLS SuperDraft; Portland then sent 4th pick Anthony Wallace back to Colorado for allocation money; not done yet, the Timbers shipped 10th pick Arturo Alvarez to Real Salt Lake for allocation money and the 22nd pick in the MLS SuperDraft; Vancouver also got in on the action, sending their No. 1 pick Sanna Nyassi to Colorado for an international slot; they also returned 5th pick Alan Gordon to Chivas USA along with 7th pick Alejandro Moreno for allocation money and an international slot; 6th pick O'Brian White was passed on to Seattle for allocation money.
If you're keeping track at home: Portland drafted two players who most likely will not be in MLS next year (Bornstein, Findley), turned their No. 1 pick into a solid fullback, gave their 4th back to the team they got him from and dispatched their 10th pick to Salt Lake. In return, they got a draft pick and a bunch of allocation money. Vancouver traded their 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th pick for two international slots, a late SuperDraft pick and allocation money.
Jonathan Leathers, at this point, is still a Whitecap.