Among the regulars who were left exposed by the Philadelphia Union in the MLS Expansion Draft was midfielder Justin Mapp. The Montreal Impact, joining the league in 2012, have selected Mapp with their third choice behind first pick Brian Ching (Dynamo) and Zarek Valentin (Chivas). Jonathan "The Goalkeeper" Tannenwald points out that Mapp played for Impact coach Jesse Marsch when the two were with the Chicago Fire from 2003 to 2005.
Mapp was certainly a serviceable midfielder who at times was electrifying, with bursts of speed jumpstarting attacks. He was a bit of an enigma here. Mapp was just as likely to make a 40 yard cutting run and score a beautiful goal from distance as he was to be completely invisible for games at a time. He's got a ton of talent, but hasn't been able to put it all together.
The Union have young players ready for more minutes and will likely look
to further solidify the position before next season, so he was
Good luck to Mapp up in Montreal. We'll always remember him for that blistering two-goal performance against Toronto...
A team can only lose one player in the expansion draft, so Freddy Adu
and the other unprotected Unioners have survived the pillaging. [expansion draft rules here]
Update: The Union have selected Tanzanian midfielder Nizar Khalfan, formerly of the Vancouver Whitecaps, in the MLS waiver draft.