CHESTER, PA- JULY 29: Sanna Nyassi #23 of the Colorado Rapids celebrates a goal during the game against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on July 29, 2011 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
The 8th Round of the 2012 MLS Expansion Draft saw Sanna Nyassi chosen by the Canadian side. Le Impact de Montréal could pick one player from 10 teams and decided to acquire the Gambian international. Nyassi scored 5 goals and added 5 assists in 27 league matches this season. He previously played for Seattle Sounders FC from 2009 to 2010. Montreal Impact are making the jump from the NASL (North American Soccer League) to MLS in 2012 and are the league's 19th club.
Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching was the first pick in the Expansion Draft. However, the former USA international has previously threatened to retire if he is not in Dynamo colors in 2012. Montreal also took notable players such as Justin Mapp, James Riley, Bobby Burling, and Zach Valentin. Real Salt Lake lost Collen Warner and Vancouver Whitecaps lost Jeb Brovsky, while Columbus Crew lost defender Josh Gardner. Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic was also chosen as the Impact decided not to pick Colorado standout defender Kosuke Kimura.
The Impact actually traded James Riley to Chivas USA for young forward Justin Braun and midfielder Gerson Mayen. Justin Braun has been a solid goalscorer for the Los Angeles based club and could help new coach Jesse Marsch with some of the scoring load for the club's first season. Should Brian Ching actually play for Montreal, he could be a standout goal scorer as well.
Colorado lost a speedy winger that showed flashes of brilliance in 2011. However, despite Nyassi's hat trick against New York in the summertime, the Gambian playmaker and Colorado forward Omar Cummings struggled to score during the second half of the campaign. Meanwhile, Colorado is still in search of a new coach after choosing not to offer Gary Smith a new contract.