With two new teams arriving in Major League Soccer in 2015, there were a few things that had to be straightened out.
So, Major League Soccer hosted an “Expansion Priority Draft” where the head coaches of Orlando City SC and New York City FC both decided on what picks their sides would get.
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Orlando City won the supporter-conducted draw, where an equal number of envelopes containing cards of both teams was drawn out of a golden drum, tombola style. That meant Orlando’s head coach Adrian Heath got the chance to go first and he selected to get the pick first in the Dec. 10 Expansion Draft. If you’re new to the Expansion Draft, both teams will select 10 players each from those left unprotected by the other 19 MLS teams. Still with me? Okay.
In the event streamed live on MLS’ website, which you can watch a replay of here, former U.S. national team defender Jimmy Conrad was the host as NYC FC were represented by head coach Jason Kreis.
Kreis selected the the No. 1 spot in the MLS Allocation Ranking, which is the mechanism used to decide the destination of “a U.S. national team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee.” Orlando will have the first pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
From MLSsoccer.com, here’s the full listing of how Orlando and New York made out
1. MLS Expansion Draft: Pick 1 goes to Orlando City SC, Pick 2 goes to New York City FC
2. Allocation Ranking: Pick 1 goes to New York City FC, Pick 2 goes to Orlando City SC
3. MLS SuperDraft: Pick 1 goes to Orlando City SC, Pick 2 goes to New York City FC
4. Discovery Ranking: Pick 20 goes to New York City FC, Pick 21 goes to Orlando City SC
5. USL PRO/NASL Player Priority Ranking: Pick 1 goes to Orlando City SC, Pick 2 goes to New York City FC
6. Waiver/Re-Entry Draft Ranking: Pick 20 goes to New York City FC, Pick 21 goes to Orlando City SC
7. Lottery Ranking: Pick 20 goes to Orlando City SC, Pick 21 goes to New York City FC
8. Designated Player Ranking: Pick 1 goes to New York City FC, Pick 2 goes to Orlando City SC