Chester, Pa. (November 23, 2011) – The Montreal Impact selected midfielder Justin Mapp in the 2011 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft. Mapp joined the Philadelphia Union on July 26, 2010 from the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money.
Mapp made his Union debut as a second half substitute against New England four days after his signing. He scored his first goal with Philadelphia against the Revolution on August 28. Since joining the Union, the midfielder has appeared in 44 matches, including 34 starts, notching four goals and eight assists in 2,716 minutes.
"It's a big loss," manager Peter Nowak said on a media conference call following the draft. "Justin, during his time with us, a year and a half, was pretty good. When we looked at the roster, having him in the last year of his contract, it's not an easy call [leaving Mapp unprotected], but it's what we have to do.
"We have options [to replace Mapp] – we have Michael Farfan. We're going to look as well domestically or abroad to strengthen the position. [Mapp's] salary was significant, he was in his last year of the contract and he was eligible for the Re-Entry Draft as well."
Montreal also selected Jeb Brovsky (Vancouver), Bobby Burling (San Jose), Brian Ching (Houston), Josh Gardner (Columbus), Sanna Nyassi (Colorado), James Riley (Seattle), Seth Sinovic (Kansas City), Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA), and Collen Warner (Salt Lake).
Additionally, the Union have claimed midfielder Nizar Khalfan in the MLS Waiver Draft and released goalkeeper Thorne Holder and defender Juan Diego González.