Ching, Mapp headline Montreal expansion draft picks

Impact go for big names, youth and defense; trade Riley to Chivas

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Impact threw a few surprises into their picks in Wednesday's Expansion Draft, selecting marquee several marquee names, including Houston's Brian Ching and Philadelphia's Justin Mapp.

Ching, who said he would retire rather than go to Montreal, is a longtime Otherwise 

  PLAYER NOTE

Jeb Brovksy

Pos: D/M | Age: 23

Former club: Vancouver

Career:
GP 24 | G 0 | A 1

A converted midfielder who showed promise in his rookie year in Vancouver. A good engine and a youthful willingness to get forward from the right outside back position.

Bobby Burling

Pos: D | Age: 27

Former club: San Jose

Career:
GP 71 | G 1 | A 2

A big presence in the center of the Quakes defense in 2011. He has gotten physically stronger and developed his positional sense in recent years. Was once a teammate of Marsch's at Chivas USA.

Brian Ching

Pos: F | Age: 33

Former club: Houston

Career:
GP 189 | G 77 | A 28

Winner of three MLS Cup trophies, the Big Kahuna brings experience and a targetman’s nous. Injuries limited him to just 20 games in 2011, but scored 5 goals and was instrumental in Houston’s run to MLS Cup final.

Josh Gardner

Pos: F | Age: 29

Former club: Columbus

Career:
GP 43 | G 3 | A 5

Honest defender with years of experience in MLS and the lower divisions. Possesses a rocket of a shot when allowed to unleash it on freekicks.

Justin Mapp

Pos: M | Age: 27

Former club: Philadelphia

Career:
GP 221 | G 18 | A 44

Crafty left-footed 27-year-old with years of pro experience. Has the talent to be a game changer if given the freedom to roam.

Sanna Nyassi

Pos: M/F | Age: 22

Former club: Colorado

Career:
GP 64 | G 7 | A 8

Speed, speed, and more speed. But the Gambian international has also honed his skills and is now one of the most dangerous wingers in the league.

James Riley

Pos: D | Age: 29

Former club: Seattle

Career:
GP 178 | G 2 | A 14

Tough, well traveled right back who became a fan favorite in Seattle with his uncompromising play and embracing of the local community.

TRADED: To Chivas USA for Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen.

Seth Sinovic

Pos: D | Age: 24

Former club: Sporting KC

Career:
GP 40 | G 0 | A 0

An afterthought in his rookie season in New England, he moved to KC and became the regular left back. Brings energy and grit.

Zarek Valentin

Pos: D | Age: 20

Former club: Chivas USA

Career:
GP 25 | G 0 | A 0

Youth, speed, good touch, personality, and international experience -- he has the potential to be the complete package at right back.

Collen Warner

Pos: D | Age: 23

Former club: Real Salt Lake

Career:
GP 37 | G 0 | A 5

Young, skillful midfielder who saw some real minutes in 2011, deputizing for the injured Javier Morales. Can score or play set-up man.