The MLS Expansion Draft is in the books, with Orlando City SC and New York City FC pilfering players from the unprotected lists of fellow MLS teams.
Orlando City began the draft with a pretty big surprise, snaring 37-year-old goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from Portland despite already trading for Tally Hall from Houston.
New York City made a pair of solid picks right off the bat, snaring Ned Grabavoy from Real Salt Lake and Patrick Mullins from New England. The Revolution was the first team to have two players taken when Tony Taylor was selected in the fifth round.
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1. Orlando City – Donovan Ricketts (Portland)
Portland protects: Jorge Villafana
2. New York City – Ned Grabavoy (Real Salt Lake)
RSL protects: Carlos Salcedo
3. Orlando City – Tony Cascio (Colorado)
Colorado protects: Mark Burch
4. New York City – Patrick Mullins (New England)
New England protects: Steve Neumann
5. Orlando City – Jalil Anibaba (Seattle)
Seattle protects: Zach Scott
6. New York City – Jason Hernandez (San Jose)
San Jose protects: Ty Harden
7. Orlando City – Pedro Ribeiro (Philadelphia)
Philadelphia protects: Michael Lahoud
8. New York City – Daniel Lovitz (Toronto)*
Toronto protects: Mark Bloom
9. Orlando City – Lewis Neal (DC United)
DC protects: Davy Arnaud
10. New York City – Tony Taylor (New England)
New England out.
11. Orlando City – Jairo Arrieta (Columbus)
Columbus protects: Ben Speas
12. New York City – Mehdi Ballouchy (Vancouver)
Vancouver protects: Nicolas Mezquida
13. Orlando City – Heath Pearce (Montreal)
Montreal protects: Donny Toia
14. New York City – George John (FC Dallas)
Dallas protects: Stephen Keel
15. Orlando City – Danny Mwanga (Colorado)
Colorado is out.
16. New York City – Tommy McNamara (DC United)
DC United is out.
17. Orlando City – Mark Sherrod (Houston)
Houston protects: Joe Willis
18. New York City – Sal Zizzo (Sporting KC)
KC protects: Jake Peterson
19. Orlando City – Eric Gehrig (Columbus)@
Columbus is out.
20. New York City – Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake)
* Toronto later reacquired Lovitz for allocation money
@ Orlando later traded Gehrig to Chicago for a 2016 second round pick