2017 MLS Expansion Draft protected and unprotected lists

The 2017 MLS Expansion Draft will be held at 2:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 12.

2017 MLS Expansion Draft process:

LAFC may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club.

  • Five rounds - LAFC can claim a single player from any one club
  • Three minutes for each selection
  • No timeouts
  • No trades permitted during draft

Generation adidas (GA) and off-budget Homegrown Players (HG) are automatically exempt, current MLS clubs may protect up to 11 players from selection in the Expansion Draft. Players eligible for free agency [FA] are not exempt.

Atlanta United
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Ambrose, Mikey
Asad, Yamil (INT'L)
Bloom, Mark
Boswell, Bobby [FA]
Kratz, Kevin
Larentowicz, Jeff [FA]
Loyd, Zach [FA]
McCann, Chris
Mears, Tyrone
Oliveira, Kevin (INT'L)
Otoo, Jeffrey (INT'L)
Pasher, Tyler (INT'L)
Peterson, Jacob
Reynish, Kyle [FA]
Walkes, Anton (INT'L)
Wheeler-Omiunu, Andrew
Williams, Romario (INT'L)
Almiron, Miguel (INT'L)
Carmona, Carlos (INT'L)
Garza, Greg
Gonzalez Pirez, Leandro (INT'L)
Gressel, Julian (INT'L)
Guzan, Brad
Kann, Alec
Martinez, Josef (INT'L)
Parkhurst, Michael
Vazquez, Brandon
Villalba, Hector (INT'L)

Automatically Protected:
Carleton, Andrew (HG)
Goslin, Christopher (HG)
Robinson, Miles (GA)
Chicago Fire
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Arshakyan, David (INT'L)
Bava, Rodrigo (INT'L)
Bronico, Brandt
Cleveland, Stefan
Corrales, Jorge
de Leeuw, Michael (INT'L)
Dean, Christian
Dekovic, Matej (INT'L)
Goossens, John (INT'L)
Harrington, Michael [FA]
Johnson, Daniel
Lampson, Matt
Meira, Joao (INT'L)
Accam, David
Campbell, Jonathan
Kappelhof, Johan (INT'L)
McCarty, Dax
Nikolic, Nemanja (INT'L)
Juninho
Polster, Matt
Sanchez, Richard
Schweinsteiger, Bastian (INT'L)
Solignac, Luis (INT'L)
Vincent, Brandon

Automatically Protected:
Conner, Drew (HG)
Fernandez, Collin (HG)
Mihailovic, Djordje (HG)
Doody, Patrick (HG)
Calistri, Joey (HG)
Colorado Rapids
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Berner, John
Burling, Bobby [FA]
Castillo, Dennis (INT'L)
Da Fonte, Mike
Gatt, Joshua
Gil, Luis
Gordon, Alan [FA]
Hamilton, Sam
Saeid, Mohammed (INT'L)
Williams, Mekeil (INT'L)
Aigner, Stefan (INT'L)
Azira, Micheal
Badji, Dominique (INT'L)
Boateng, Nana (INT'L)
Gashi, Shkelzen (INT'L)
Hairston, Marlon
Howard, Tim
MacMath, Zac
Miller, Eric
Sjoberg, Axel
Watts, Jared

Automatically Protected:
Calvert, Caleb (HG)
Ford, Kortne (HG)
Serna, Dillon (HG)
Perez, Ricardo (HG)
Doyle, Kevin (Retired)
Columbus Crew SC
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Francis, Waylon
Hansen, Niko
Hollingsworth, Marshall
Jahn, Adam
Jimenez, Hector
Ketterer, Logan
Maloney, Connor
Martinez, Cristian (INT'L)
Mensah, Jonathan (INT'L)
Obinwa, Abuchi
Raitala, Jukka (INT'L)
Saravia, Rodrigo (INT'L)
Sauro, Gaston
Stuver, Brad
Williams, Josh
Abu, Mohammed (INT'L)
Lalas (INT'L)
Afful, Harrison
Artur (INT'L)
Higuain, Federico
Kamara, Ola (INT'L)
Manneh, Kekuta
Santos, Pedro (INT'L)
Meram, Justin
Steffen, Zack
Trapp, Wil

Automatically Protected:
Crognale, Alex (HG)
Swanson, Ben (HG)
D.C. United
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Brown, Deshorn (INT'L)
Buescher, Julian (INT'L)
Clark, Steve
Franklin, Sean [FA]
Hamid, Bill
Jeffrey, Jared
Klenofsky, Eric
Korb, Chris
Miranda, Bruno (INT'L)
Nyarko, Patrick [FA]
Odio-Atsem, Chris
Sam, Lloyd
Sarvas, Marcelo
Vincent, Rob
Worra, Travis
Acosta, Luciano (INT'L)
Arriola, Paul
Birnbaum, Steven
Brillant, Frederic (INT'L)
Canouse, Russell
DeLeon, Nick
Kemp, Taylor
Mattocks, Darren
Mullins, Patrick
Opare, Kofi
Stieber, Zoltan (INT'L)

Automatically Protected:
Durkin, Chris (HG)
Harkes, Ian (HG)
Robinson, Jalen (HG)
Rolfe, Chris (Retired)
FC Dallas
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Cermeno, Carlos (INT'L)
Chala, Anibal (INT'L)
Cortes, Eduardo
Figueroa, Maynor (INT'L)
Gonzalez, Luis (INT'L)
Grana, Hernan (INT'L)
Harris, Atiba [FA]
Hume, Walker
Lamah, Roland (INT'L)
Morales, Javier [FA]
Seitz, Chris [FA]
Acosta, Kellyn
Akindele, Tesho
Barrios, Michael (INT'L)
Colman, Cristian (INT'L)
Diaz, Mauro
Gruezo, Carlos (INT'L)
Hayes, Jacori
Hedges, Matt
Hollingshead, Ryan
Ulloa, Victor
Urruti, Maximiliano

Automatically Protected:
Craft, Coy (HG)
Gonzalez, Jesse (HG)
Reynolds, Bryan (HG)
Pomykal, Paxton (HG)
Guillen, Aaron (HG)
Ferreira, Jesus (HG)
Cannon, Reginald (HG)
Reid, Adonijah (GA-Canada)
Houston Dynamo
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Alexander, Eric [FA]
Alvarez, Arturo
Anibaba, Jalil
Beasley, DaMarcus [FA]
Boniek Garcia, Oscar
Brown, Calle
Clark, Ricardo [FA]
DeLaGarza, A.J. [FA]
Escalante, Jose (INT'L)
Garcia, Kevin
Holland, Joseph (INT'L)
Hunter, Taylor
Malki, George
Alex
Sanchez, Vicente
Senderos, Philippe (INT'L)
Ward, Charlie (INT'L)
Cabezas, Juan David (INT'L)
Leonardo
Elis, Alberth (INT'L)
Machado, Adolfo (INT'L)
Manotas, Mauro
Martinez, Tomas (INT'L)
Quioto, Romell (INT'L)
Remick, Dylan
Torres, Erick
Wenger, Andrew
Willis, Joe

Automatically Protected:
Deric, Tyler (HG)
Rodriguez, Memo (HG)
Lucatero, Christian (HG)
LA Galaxy
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Ciani, Michael (INT'L)
Diallo, Bradley (INT'L)
Diop, Clement
Garcia, Rafael
Jones, Jermaine
Kempin, Jon
Lassiter, Ariel
McInerney, Jack
Rowe, Brian
Van Anholt, Pele (INT'L)
Alessandrini, Romain (INT'L)
Joao Pedro (INT'L)
Boateng, Emmanuel
Cole, Ashley (INT'L)
dos Santos, Giovani (INT'L)
dos Santos, Jonathan (INT'L)
Husidic, Baggio
Lletget, Sebastian
Romney, David
Steres, Daniel
Zardes, Gyasi

Automatically Protected:
Rogers, Robbie (Retired)
Arellano, Hugo (HG)
Villarreal, Jose (HG)
Villarreal, Jaime (HG)
Mendiola, Raul (HG/INT'L)
Smith, Nathan (HG)
Jamieson, Bradford (HG)
McBean, Jack (HG)
Minnesota United
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Anor, Bernardo (INT'L)
Davis, Justin
De Villardi, Thomas
Demidov, Vadim (INT'L)
Greenspan, Joseph
Ibarra, Miguel
Jome, Ismaila
Kapp, Alex
Leiton, Jose (INT'L)
McLain, Patrick
Nicholson, Sam (INT'L)
Schuller, Rasmus (INT'L)
Taylor, Jermaine
Venegas, Johan (INT'L)
Venegas, Kevin
Warner, Collen
Ibson
Boxall, Michael (INT'L)
Burch, Marc
Calvo, Francisco (INT'L)
Cronin, Sam
Finlay, Ethan
Kallman, Brent
Molino, Kevin
Ramirez, Christian
Shuttleworth, Bobby
Thiesson, Jerome (INT'L)

Automatically Protected:
Danladi, Abu (GA/INT'L)
Martin, Collin (HG)
Heath, Harrison (HG)
Montreal Impact
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Bernardello, Hernan (INT'L)
Bernier, Patrice
Boldor, Deian (INT'L)
Camara, Hassoun
DePuy, Nick
Francis, Shaun [FA]
Kronberg, Eric [FA]
Lefevre, Wandrille
Mancosu, Matteo (INT'L)
Oduro, Dominic
Romero, Andres (INT'L)
Salazar, Michael
Oyongo, Ambroise (INT'L)
Bush, Evan
Cabrera, Victor (INT'L)
Ciman, Laurent (INT'L)
Donadel, Marco (INT'L)
Duvall, Chris
Džemali, Blerim (INT'L)
Fisher, Kyle
Lovitz, Daniel
Piatti, Ignacio (INT'L)
Piette, Samuel

Automatically Protected:
Choiniere, David (HG)
Crepeau, Maxime (HG)
Beland-Goyette, Louis (HG)
Jackson-Hamel, Anthony (HG)
Shome, Shamit (GA-Canada)
Tabla, Ballou Jean-Yves (HG)
New England Revolution
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Angoua, Benjamin (INT'L)
Hollinger-Janzen, Femi
Knighton, Brad [FA]
Kobayashi, Daigo
Kouassi, Xavier (INT'L)
Smith, Donnie
Smith, Josh
Tierney, Chris
Turner, Matt
Watson, Je-Vaughn
Woodberry, London
Wright, Brian
Agudelo, Juan
Bunbury, Teal
Cropper, Cody
Delamea Mlinar, Antonio (INT'L)
Dielna, Claude (INT'L)
Fagundez, Diego
Farrell, Andrew
Koffie, Gershon (INT'L)
Nemeth, Krisztian (INT'L)
Nguyen, Lee
Rowe, Kelyn

Automatically Protected:
Caldwell, Scott (HG)
Herivaux, Zachary (HG)
New York City FC
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Allen, RJ
Awuah, Kwame
Camargo, Miguel (INT'L)
Chanot, Maxime (INT'L)
Gomez, Shannon
Johansen, Eirik
Lopez, Mikey
Mena, Jefferson (INT'L)
Okoli, Sean
Rawls, Andre
Shelton, Khiry
Stertzer, John
Struna, Andraz (INT'L)
White, Ethan
Callens, Alexander (INT'L)
Harrison, Jack
Herrera, Yangel (INT'L)
Johnson, Sean
Matarrita, Ronald
McNamara, Thomas
Moralez, Maxi (INT'L)
Ring, Alexander (INT'L)
Sweat, Ben
Villa, David (INT'L)
Wallace, Rodney

Automatically Protected:
Lewis, Jonathan (GA)
Sands, James (HG)
Pirlo, Andrea (Retired)
New York Red Bulls
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Abang, Anatole (INT'L)
Baah, Gideon (INT'L)
Bezecourt, Vincent (INT'L)
Collin, Aurelien (INT'L)
Duka, Dilly [FA]
Grella, Mike
Keita, Muhammed (INT'L)
Lade, Connor
Lewis, Zeiko (INT'L)
Metzger, Dan
Ndam, Hassan (INT'L)
Perrinelle, Damien (INT'L)
Zizzo, Sal [FA]
Felipe
Escobar, Fidel (INT'L)
Kljestan, Sacha
Lawrence, Kemar (INT'L)
Long, Aaron
Meara, Ryan
Murillo, Michael (INT'L)
Robles, Luis
Royer, Daniel (INT'L)
Veron, Gonzalo (INT'L)
Wright-Phillips, Bradley

Automatically Protected:
Adams, Tyler (HG)
Davis, Sean (HG)
Etienne, Derrick (HG)
Basuljevic, Arun (HG)
Muyl, Alex (HG)
Louro, Evan (HG)
Allen, Brandon (HG)
Orlando City SC
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Alston, Kevin
Barnes, Giles [FA]
Barry, Hadji
Carrasco, Servando
Da Silva, Pierre
Donovan, Conor
Edwards Jr., Earl
Garcia, Devron (INT'L)
Giro, Victor (INT'L)
Hines, Sebastian
Nocerino, Antonio
Pereira, Leo (INT'L)
Powers, Dillon
Ramos, Rafael
Rocha, Tony
Saunders, Josh [FA]
Aja, Jose (INT'L)
Bendik, Joe
Dwyer, Dom
Higuita, Cristian
Johnson, Will
Larin, Cyle
Rivas, Carlos
Spector, Jonathan
Sutter, Scott (INT'L)
Toia, Donny
Yotun, Yoshi (INT'L)

Automatically Protected:
Laryea, Richmond (GA/INT'L)
Redding, Tommy (HG)
Stajduhar, Mason (HG)
Kaka (Retired)
Philadelphia Union
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Alberg, Roland (INT'L)
Ayuk, Eric (INT'L)
Creavalle, Warren
Davies, Charlie
Edu, Maurice
Gaddis, Raymon
Jones, Aaron (INT'L)
Marquez, Richard
McCarthy, John
McGuire, Jake
Onyewu, Oguchi
Pontius, Chris [FA]
Simpson, Jay (INT'L)
Tribbett, Ken
Wijnaldum, Giliano (INT'L)
Bedoya, Alejandro
Blake, Andre (INT'L)
Elliott, Jack (INT'L)
Epps, Marcus
Fabinho
Herbers, Fabian
Medunjanin, Haris (INT'L)
Ilsinho (INT'L)
Picault, Fabrice
Rosenberry, Keegan
Sapong, CJ

Automatically Protected:
Najem, Adam (HG)
Jones, Derrick (HG)
Trusty, Auston (HG)
Yaro, Joshua (INT'L/GA)
Carroll, Brian (Retired)
Portland Timbers
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Arboleda, Victor (INT'L)
Arokoyo, Gbenga (INT'L)
Attinella, Jeff
Barmby, Jack (INT'L)
Clarke, Rennico (INT'L)
Gleeson, Jake
McIntosh, Kendall
Melano, Lucas (INT'L/On Loan)
Miller, Roy
Myers, Chance
Okugo, Amobi
Olum, Lawrence
Tuiloma, Bill (INT'L)
Valentin, Zarek
Zemanski, Ben [FA]
Adi, Fanendo
Vytas
Asprilla, Dairon
Blanco, Sebastian (INT'L)
Chara, Diego
Guzman, David (INT'L)
Mabiala, Larrys (INT'L)
Nagbe, Darlington
Powell, Alvas
Ridgewell, Liam
Valeri, Diego

Automatically Protected:
Ebobisse, Jeremy (GA)
Farfan, Marco (HG)
Real Salt Lake
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Barrett, Chad [FA]
Beltran, Tony
Besler, Nick
Dunk, Reagan
Holness, Omar (INT'L)
Movsisyan, Yura
Sunny
Phillips, Demar (INT'L)
Schmidt, Justin
Schuler, Chris [FA]
Sparrow, Connor
VanOekel, Matt
Wingert, Chris [FA]
Beckerman, Kyle
Glad, Justen
Horst, David
Mulholland, Luke
Plata, Joao
Rimando, Nick
Rusnak, Albert (INT'L)
Saucedo, Sebastian
Savarino, Jefferson (INT'L)
Silva, Luis
Silva, Marcelo (INT'L)

Automatically Protected:
Acosta, Danilo (HG)
Allen, Jordan (HG)
Hernandez, Jose (HG/INT'L)
Lennon, Brooks (HG)
Velazco, Ricardo (HG)
San Jose Earthquakes
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Affolter, Francois (INT'L)
Amarikwa, Quincy
Barrera, Leandro (INT'L)
Bernardez, Victor
Bersano, Matt
Cato, Cordell
Colvey, Kip
Cummings, Harold (INT'L)
Dawkins, Simon (INT'L)
Imperiale, Andres (INT'L)
Mfeka, Lindo (INT'L)
Pelosi, Marc
Sarkodie, Kofi
Silva, Matheus (INT'L)
Urena, Marco (INT'L)
Alashe, Fatai
Bingham, David
Ceren, Darwin
Godoy, Anibal (INT'L)
Hoesen, Danny (INT'L)
Hyka, Jahmir (INT'L)
Jungwirth, Florian (INT'L)
Vako (INT'L)
Salinas, Shea
Tarbell, Andrew
Wondolowski, Chris

Automatically Protected:
Thompson, Tommy (HG)
Lima, Nick (HG)
Yueill, Jackson (GA)
Wynne, Marvell (Retired)
Seattle Sounders
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Alfaro, Tony
Alonso, Osvaldo
Delem, Jordy (INT'L)
Evans, Brad [FA]
Fisher, Oneil
Jones, Joevin (INT'L)
Mallace, Calum
Mathers, Zach
Meredith, Bryan
Miller, Tyler
Neagle, Lamar [FA]
Shipp, Harry
Bruin, Will
Dempsey, Clint
Frei, Stefan
Leerdam, Kelvin (INT'L)
Lodeiro, Nicolas (INT'L)
Marshall, Chad
Rodriguez, Victor (INT'L)
Roldan, Cristian
Svensson, Gustav (INT'L)
Tolo, Nouhou (INT'L)
Torres, Roman (INT'L)

Automatically Protected:
Adekoya, Seyi (HG)
Kovar, Aaron (HG)
Wingo, Henry (HG)
Morris, Jordan (HG)
Sporting KC
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Abdul-Salaam, Saad
Belmar, Kharlton
Blessing, Latif
Didic, Amer
Dykstra, Andrew
Iwasa, Cameron
Jones, Kenwyne
Kostner, Diego
Mustivar, Soni (INT'L)
Porter, Cameron
Saad, Soony
Sinovic, Seth
Storm, Colton
Tambakis, Alexander
Zendejas, Adrian
Besler, Matt
Espinoza, Roger
Feilhaber, Benny
Fernandes, Gerso
Lobato, Cristian (INT'L)
Medranda, Jimmy
Melia, Tim
Musa, James (INT'L)
Opara, Ike
Ilie
Zusi, Graham

Automatically Protected:
Ellis, Kevin (HG)
Busio, Gianluca (HG)
Palmer-Brown, Erik (HG)
Salloi, Daniel (HG/INT'L)
Toronto FC
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Alseth, Oyvind (INT'L)
Aubrey, Brandon
Beitashour, Steven [FA]
Cheyrou, Benoit (INT'L)
Cooper, Armando (INT'L)
Edwards, Raheem
Endoh, Tsubasa (INT'L)
Hasler, Nicholas (INT'L)
Hernandez, Jason [FA]
Irwin, Clint
Moor, Drew [FA]
Pais, Mark
Ricketts, Tosaint
Altidore, Jozy
Bono, Alex
Bradley, Michael
Delgado, Marky
Giovinco, Sebastian (INT'L)
Hagglund, Nick
Mavinga, Chrys (INT'L)
Morrow, Justin
Osorio, Jonathan
Vazquez, Victor (INT'L)
Zavaleta, Eriq

Automatically Protected:
Chapman, Jay (HG)
Hamilton, Jordan (HG)
Morgan, Ashtone (HG)
Camargo, Sergio (HG)
Spencer, Ben (HG)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
UNPROTECTED PROTECTED
Bolanos, Christian (INT'L)
De Jong, Marcel
Edgar, David
Igiebor, Nosa (INT'L)
Flores, Deybi (INT'L)
Greig, Kyle
Harvey, Jordan [FA]
Ibini-Isei, Bernie (INT'L)
Jacobson, Andrew [FA]
Laba, Matias (INT'L)
Levis, Brett
Maund, Aaron
Ousted, David (INT'L)
Richey, Spencer
Rosales, Mauro
Seiler, Cole
Shea, Brek
Techera, Cristian (INT'L)
Williams, Sheanon
Hurtado, Erik
Kamara, Kei
Marinovic, Stefan (INT'L)
Mezquida, Nicolas (INT'L)
Ghazal, Aly (INT'L)
Montero, Fredy
Nerwinski, Jake
Parker, Tim
Reyna, Yordy (INT'L)
Tchani, Tony
Waston, Kendall (INT'L)

Automatically Protected:
Adekugbe, Sam (HG)
Bustos, Marco (HG)
Davies, Alphonso (HG)
McKendry, Ben (HG)
Teibert, Russell (HG)

Notes:

  • Protected/unprotected player-related rules:
    • The 22 MLS clubs that competed during the 2017 season can protect 11 players between their Senior, Supplemental and Reserve Roster. If the player’s contract expires at the end of 2017, he will still be considered part of the club’s Senior Roster. If a club protects a player, it is not obligated to exercise the player’s option. It may renegotiate a new budget number for the player as in previous years, subject to the CBA. Option Decline Free Agents and Out of Contracts Free Agents [FA] are part of the Expansion Draft and are not automatically protected.
    • Players on a club’s Supplemental Roster, other than Generation adidas players (GA) who have not been graduated at the end of the 2017 MLS Season or Homegrown Players (HG), are eligible.
    • Generation adidas (GA) players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2017 MLS Season and Homegrown players (HG) on a Club’s Supplemental/Reserve Roster at the end of the 2017 MLS Season are automatically protected. Clubs do not have to use a protected slot on them.
    • Designated Players are NOT automatically protected (i.e., clubs must choose whether to protect such players and if such player is not protected, he will be available for selection in the Expansion Draft).
    • If a player has a no-trade clause in his contract, his MLS club must protect him and he will count as one of the 11 players who may be protected.
  • Retired player rules: If a player retires, he will not be a part of the Expansion Draft, but his club will lose its right of first refusal to him should he ultimately decide to play.
  • International player rules: Clubs are restricted in the number of international player(s) that they may make available. Clubs may make available a number of international players equal to their total number of international players minus three, provided that if a club has three or fewer international players it may not make more than one international player available.
  • Selection of Free Agents: If a Free Agent [FA] is selected in the Expansion Draft, the expansion club that selected the player will gain his previous club’s ability to renegotiate a new contract consistent with the CBA before the beginning of Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft. If an Out of Contract Free Agent is selected in the Expansion Draft and subsequently signs with his 2017 club via Free Agency, he will be subject to the compensation limitation for Out of Contract Players signing with a new Club, as provided in the CBA.
  • If LAFC selects a Supplemental/Reserve Roster Player, it must offer him a Senior Roster position and he must remain on the Senior Roster as of Roster Compliance Date.
  • Maximum player loss: Once one player has been claimed from a club’s non-protected roster, that club is eliminated from the Expansion Draft and may not lose any further players.
  • Right to negotiate: LAFC will have the right to renegotiate a drafted player’s salary (either up or down) without having to place such player on waivers or giving his previous club a right of first refusal.
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