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Toronto FC, Austin FC swap places in Stage 1 of MLS re-entry draft

By The Canadian Press on December 14, 2023.

Toronto FC plays Nashville FC under the lights of BMO Field during MLS action in Toronto on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. Toronto FC has traded the first overall pick in the league's re-entry process to Austin FC for Austin’s No. 5 position plus a third-round draft pick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Toronto FC has traded the first overall pick in Stage 1 of the league’s re-entry process to Austin FC for Austin’s No. 5 position plus a third-round pick in next week’s MLS SuperDraft.

The re-entry process allow teams to select players who are at least 22 years old, have a minimum of one service year and are not eligible for free agency. Out-of-contract players who have received a “bona-fide offer” from their current club are not eligible for the re-entry draft.

Stage 1 of the re-entry draft was scheduled to start later Thursday. Order of selection is based on reverse order of the final season standings, including post-season performance.

Austin got the third-round SuperDraft pick from FC Cincinnati in exchange for the rights to Kipp Keller after the defender opted out of the re-entry draft.

Austin had declined Keller’s contract option on Nov. 17.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 14, 2023

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