Later today after the MLS Expansion Draft concludes, the window for signing free agents opens. Teams from across the league will be able to openly negotiate with all of the players who meet the requirements for free agency.
Here is a full list of those available players:
While the free agent mechanism is relatively new to the league, it’s something that Atlanta United’s technical staff have utilized quite a bit during its first two offseasons of roster building.
Before their inaugural season, the club signed two free agents, the most one club can from a single class. Jeff Larentowicz and Jacob Peterson were those players. The club also added Sal Zizzo via free agency last offseason. While most signings go the way of Peterson and Zizzo, a serviceable roster player signed to fill a roster hole or play a part-time role, Larentowicz is probably the biggest success story of MLS free agency so far.
Could Atlanta United look to this form of player acquisition again to fill a role? Needless to say, the MLS Cup champions’ roster is a bit better and deeper than it was the previous two years.
This year’s crop of free agents isn’t exactly star-studded. Aside from Michael Parkhurst, who Atlanta United have already said they’ll try to bring back, the biggest name on the list is Benny Feilhaber.
One interesting name on the list is Rodney Wallace. He’s a role player that can play multiple positions and still appears to have some gas in the tank. The Costa Rican international wouldn’t require an international slot according to MLS’s roster page. That’s probably reaching for Atlanta United, but it’s an example of the type of player teams will be looking for.
Will we see any additions to the Five Stripes’ roster from the free agent pool this offseason? Will another team come in and swoop Parkhurst from the club? These questions should be answered in the coming weeks.