He played 6 games last year, and looked subpar in his limited play. The fact he was exposed to draft doesn't mean he is terrible, but certainly shows he is not a key player. Jury is still out on this guy, but as it stands by the end of last year, he is a bench player. We will see if he can improve, but Davis is ahead of him thus far. Whether he can make a leap forward this year or not is has not yet been determined, and I haven't seen flashes of brilliance indicating it is imminent. So, let's not peg him as a starter just yet.
Could have been an educated gamble on Marschs part. At his salary and still having yet to prove himself in any fashion AND coming off an injury who in MLS is gonna take that risk? I wouldnt.
So if youre Marsch and your convinced no one will take him then yeah leave him unprotected so you can protect another player.