NEW YORK -- Goalkeeper Pat Onstad and starting defender Ryan Cochrane were among the three players the MLS champion Houston Dynamo left unprotected Tuesday for Wednesday's expansion draft.
Onstad and defenders Cochrane and Craig Waibel, left unprotected by Houston following the Dynamo's 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Sunday, will be available to San Jose Earthquakes manager Frank Yallop in the league's expansion draft. Defender Avery John was the only starter from New England not among the 11 players each team could shield from selection.
The Earthquakes will be able to choose 10 players, but no more than one from each team, meaning three clubs will get away without having to surrender a player.
Both Onstad and Waibel played for the old Earthquakes under Yallop when that team won the 2003 championship. The former Earthquakes officially were disbanded after the 2005 season and reformed with the same roster as the Houston Dynamo to start the 2006 campaign.
Besides the MLS Cup winners, other notables available include Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman; Peter Vagenas, Kyle Martino, Abel Xavier and recently acquired Clint Mathis from the Los Angeles Galaxy; and FC Dallas' "designated player" Denilson.
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