Protected lists have been released for Major League Soccer’s Expansion Draft, scheduled for Tuesday to help aid in roster construction for Atlanta United and Minnesota United.
Like the SuperDraft, a team can reap plenty from the Expansion Draft. Unfortunately, it can also be more of an avenue to acquire assets than select on-field components.
Only 10 players will be selected in this season’s draft, and no team can lose more than a single player. At most, Atlanta and Minnesota will add five names to their lists.
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While there are names “available” that have retired or stated their intentions to move on — Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba, and Brad Davis among them — there’s plenty to like from the list.
Sebastian Le Toux, Harry Shipp, Jose Goncalves, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Frank Lampard, Maurice Edu, Charlies Davies, Clarence Goodson, Alvaro Fernandez, Chance Myers, Steven Beitashour, Clint Irwin, and Giles Barnes among the productive names available.
Some, like DaMarcus Beasley and Will Johnson, are eligible for free agency at 4 p.m. EDT. The expansion draft is at 1 p.m.
Notable names left unprotected
Chicago: Arkshakyan, Cocis, Gehrig, Harrington, LaBrocca, McLain, Morrell, Stephens, Ramos, Thiam
Colorado: Burch, Burling, Berner, Castillo, C. Doyle, J. Jones, Le Toux, Pappa, Ramirez, St. Ledger, Watts, M. Williams
Columbus: Ashe, Clark, Duka, Francis, Hollingsworth, Mabwati, C. Martinez, Pacifici, Saied, Saravia, Sauro, Stuver, Wahl
DC: Boswell, Dykstra, Franklin, Horton, Jeffrey, A. Kamara, Korb, Mishu, Opare, Rolfe, Saborio, Worra
Dallas: Dos Santos, Bonner, David, Harris, Herman, M. Hernandez, Lizarazo, Loyd, Ortiz, Paparatto, Pitter, Rosales, Ruiz, Seitz
Houston: Arboleda Quinones, Beasley, C. Brown, K. Brown, Garcia Iniquez, Garcia, Horst, Lovejoy, Maidana, Mansally, Rodriguez, Steinberger, Warner, S. Williams
LA: Aguilar, Da Silva, Donovan, Garcia, Gerrard, Gordon, Husidic, Keane, Kennedy, Larentowicz, Lassiter, Magee, Romney
Montreal: Bekker, Bernier, Dia, Drogba, Fisher, Kronberg, Mallace, Oduro, Ontivero, Salazard, Shipp, Toia
New England: D. Barnes, Goncalves, Hollinger-Janzen, Knighton, Kobayaski, McCrary, Neumann, Shuttleworth, Smith, Turner, Watson, Woodberry
NYC: Brandt, Bravo, Gomez, J. Hernandez, Johansen, Lampard, D. Martinez, Mena, Mendoza, Rawls, Saunders, Taylor, White
RBNY: Abang, Baah, Bilyeu, Damari, Duvall, Long, Ouimette, Perrinelle, Reynish, S. Wright-Phillips, Zizzo, Zubar
Orlando City: Alston, Ambrose, Baptista, Barry, Boden, Carrasco, Edwards, Garcia, Hines, Mateos, Ribeiro, Rocha, Rochez
Philadelphia: Barnetta, Carroll, Conceicao, Davies, Edu, Fernandes, Gaddis, Jones, McCarthy, Missimo, Restrepo, Tribbett, Washington
Portland: Asprilla, Barmby, N. Besler, Borchers, Brett, Hamilton, Igboananike, Klute, Konopka, McInerney, Okugo, Peay, Polk, J. Taylor, S. Taylor, Thoma, Valentin, Zemanski
RSL: Attinella, Baez, Garcia, Morales, Okwounu, Olave, Sandoval, Stertzer, Welshman, Wingert
San Jose: Amarikwa, Barrera, Barrett, Colvey, Emeghara, Francis, Goitom, Goodson, Lenhart, Meredith, Pelosi, Quintero, Sherrod, Silva, Stewart, Wynne
Seattle: Farfan, Anderson, A. Fernandez, Fisher, Friberg, Gomez, Ivanschitz, Lowe, Lyon, Mears, Ockford, Remick, Sturgis, Valdez
Sporting KC: E. Alvarado, Appiah, Coelho, Davis, Hallisey, Joya, Kann, Mapp, Myers, Nagamura, Olum, Peterson, Porter, Sinovic
Toronto: Babouli, Beitashour, Bloom, Cheyrou, Irwin, Johnson, Lovitz, Ricketts, Roberts, Simonin, Williams
Vancouver: Aird, G. Barnes, De Jong, Edgar, Flores, Kudo, Levis, Morales, Perez, Seiler, Smith, Techera, Tornaghi
In 2014, Orlando City and NYCFC had plenty of hits and misses. NYC’s picks of Tommy McNamara was a home run, while Ned Grabavoy was certainly serviceable. Orlando’s draft was largely forgettable.
Montreal’s 2011 selections bore some fruit in Justin Mapp, Jeb Brovsky, Collen Warner, and Sanna Nyassi all appearing for the Impact. Seth Sinovic was selected from KC and traded back for Davy Arnaud, while Brian Ching was traded back to Houston for a first-round pick.