Atlanta to pick first Expansion Draft, Minnesota get top SuperDraft pick

The Expansion Priority Draft is in the books, with Atlanta United FC set to pick first in December’s Expansion Draft and Minnesota United FC slated to select first at the 2017 MLS SuperDraft in January.

Atlanta won the Expansion Priority Draft coin flip, giving them the first choice of priority across six different player acquisition methods up for grabs on Sunday. Atlanta club president Darren Eales opted for the Expansion Draft, during which both expansion clubs will pick five unprotected players from current MLS rosters.

Minnesota sporting director Manny Lagos then chose to claim the first overall pick in January’s SuperDraft. Atlanta will pick second at the SuperDraft.

With the third pick, Atlanta selected to hold first position in the league’s Allocation Ranking Order. Minnesota followed by choosing to have first priority in the USL/NASL Player Priority Ranking. 

The draft then ended with Atlanta choosing the higher ranking (21st) for the 2016 Waiver Draft and Re-Entry Draft, while Minnesota wound up with the 21st spot in the MLS Discovery Player Ranking.

Expansion Priority Draft Results


  • Expansion Draft - No. 1 pick
  • SuperDraft - No. 2 pick
  • Allocation - No. 1 pick
  • USL/NASL Priority - No. 2 pick
  • Waiver/Re-Entry - No. 21 pick
  • Discovery - No. 22 pick


  • Expansion Draft - No. 2 pick
  • SuperDraft - No. 1 pick
  • Allocation - No. 2 pick
  • USL/NASL Priority - No. 1 pick
  • Waiver/Re-Entry - No. 22 pick
  • Discovery - No. 21 pick