[MLS TRANSACTIONS] Former Hermann Trophy winner Marcus Tracy is the latest player to join MLS via a weighted lottery
process, one of MLS's complicated player allocation mechanisms. He went to the Western Conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes after spending three injury-marred years in Denmark before being released
by AaB Aalborg at the end of the 2011 season.
The players taken in the weighted lottery process include: Generation adidas players signed after the MLS SuperDraft and draft-eligible
players to whom an MLS contract was offered but who failed to sign with MLS prior to the SuperDraft.
Chances in the lottery are weighted based on teams' records over the last 34
regular-season games and playoffs. Teams are not required to enter the lottery for a particular player.
In Tracy's case, eight teams entered the lottery, and the Earthquakes ranked
seventh with only a 4.6 percent chance of winning.
The intent of the mechanism is to prevent players from circumventing the SuperDraft to join an MLS team.
As a senior, Tracy
was considered the top forward in the country but did not enter the 2009 SuperDraft.
Past lottery picks include many players, like Tracy, who passed on MLS with the hope of making it in
Europe but struggled and came home.
Few lottery picks have panned out after their return to MLS. Only one player, Brazilian Bruno Guarda of FC
Dallas, of the 18 players taken before 2010 is still in MLS.
Robbie Rogers, who returned home after a short stint in the Netherlands, was a Best XI
selection with the Columbus Crew in his second season in MLS. He left the Crew after the 2011 season but is now struggling in England.
Lee Nguyen, Vancouver
Kamani Hill, Colorado
Marcus Tracy, San Jose
David Bingham, San Jose
Cody Arnoux, Real Salt Lake
Chris Agorsor, Philadelphia
Korey Veeder, Columbus
Sonny Saad, Kansas City
Luis Gil, Kansas City
Sal Zizzo, Chivas USA
Paulo Campos, San Jose
Kyle Davies, Real
Bruno Guarda, Colorado
Robbie Rogers, Columbus
Israel Sesay, Los
David Arvizu, New York
Alex Yi, Dallas
Danny Szetela, Columbus
Joey DiGiamarino, New York
Akwari, New York
D.J. Countess, New York
Winston Griffiths, Dallas
Paul Grafer, San Jose
Gus Kartes, Colorado
Mario Longo, Columbus