Here are Chivas USA's protected and exposed players ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft.
Protected players: Jonathan Bornstein, Justin Braun, Bobby Burling, Alecko Eskandarian, Maykel Galindo, Atiba Harris, Sacha Kljestan, Jesse Marsch, Francisco Mendoza, Paulo Nagamura, Shavar Thomas.
Exposed players: Kraig Chiles, Jim Curtin, Eric Ebert, Dejair, Jorge Flores, Anthony Hamilton, Dan Kennedy, Gerson Mayen, Roberto Nurse, Daniel Paladini, Lance Parker, Ante Razov, Keith Savage, Claudio Suarez, Carey Talley, Zach Thornton, Lawson Vaughn, Sasha Victorine, Raphael Wicky, Alex Zotinca.
I wouldn't make too much of Ante Razov not being protected. He's out of contract and would be pricey to re-sign, two things that probably would scare away Seattle coaches. In general, I just don't think it's wise to draft players out of contract, especially 34-year-old ones who have had injury problems for five years running.
There are three players on here that I think may be gone. Jorge Flores is the most obvious. He's young, talented and has shown success when given the time with Chivas USA. He'd be a good selection for Seattle.
Carey Talley would be a great fit for Seattle with his veteran leadership and quality on the backline. He has some wear on his legs, though, as he's been around for about a decade so Seattle may want to go younger. Still, it may not be the worst thing to have a veteran around to help stabilize things.
Still, the player I think is the most attractive option is Lawson Vaughn. He could step in and start right away for Seattle. He's an attack-minded right back who can hit a nice cross in from the right flank. He's inexpensive, making just $33,000 a year. And he's young, just 24 years of age. Injuries sidetracked him this season but he was primed to take another step in his development in 2008.