Commerce City, Colo. - The Colorado Rapids announced today that the team has declined the 2012 contract options on defenders Danny Earls, Mike Holody, and Miguel Comminges, and midfielder Steven Emory. However, due to MLS rules, only Holody (pictured above) is eligible and available to all other MLS teams through the two Re-Entry stage drafts on December 5 and 12.
Colorado also exercised the contract options or extended bona fide offers to all other players that did not have guaranteed contracts in place for next season. The Rapids retain the rights to negotiate new contracts with Earls, Comminges, and Emory.
The Re-Entry process was introduced in 2010 as part of the collective bargaining agreement between the MLS Players Union and Major League Soccer to allow eligible players the opportunity to stay at their current contract numbers by joining another team. Players eligible for the Re-Entry process must be at least 23 years old with a minimum of 3 years of MLS experience whose options were not exercised or out of contract players who have not received a bona fide offer and who are at least 25 years old with a minimum of 4 years of MLS experience and/or at least 30 years old with a minimum of 8 years of MLS experience.
Holody was drafted by the Rapids in the 4th round of the 2009 SuperDraft and appeared in four regular season games in his three years with the club. Earls' appeared in 22 regular season games during his two years with the Rapids, Comminges played in four regular season and three playoff games in his only season, and Emory did not make any League appearences in his rookie campaign.
Last year, Colorado claimed defender Tyrone Marshall through the Re-Entry process after the Seattle Sounders made him available by not picking up his option or extending him a bona fide offer. The Rapids then extended an offer and signed the veteran defender in January.
The Stage 1 Draft of the Re-Entry Process will take place on Monday, December 5 and the Stage 2 Draft will take place on Monday, December 12 - both via teleconference with all 19 clubs represented. Both stages will be conducted in the same order as the traditional Waiver Draft, with the Colorado Rapids selecting 13th and the expansion Montreal Impact selecting 19th.
Clubs must exercise the option for, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to, all players selected in Stage 1. Players that were out of contract may either accept or reject the Bona Fide Offer. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Players with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to the drafting club’s roster.