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Red Bulls trade for top spot in Waiver Draft, select Epps

Fire pick 21-year-old Cristian Martínez and World Cup forward Marco Ureña;
LAFC chooses 23-year-old forward Ricky Lopez-Espin
 
NEW YORK (Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018) – The New York Red Bulls traded for the top pick during Wednesday’s MLS Waiver Draft and selected 23-year-old midfielder Marcus Epps with the No. 1 choice. Before the Waiver Draft, the Red Bulls traded their second-round 2019 MLS SuperDraft pick to the San Jose Earthquakes for the No. 1 overall selection in the Waiver Draft.
 
Epps joins the Red Bulls after spending two seasons with the Philadelphia Union. He tallied three goals and three assists in 32 matches during his tenure in Philadelphia.
 
The Chicago Fire added two players during the draft, selecting 21-year-old Panamanian midfielder Cristian Martínez and Costa Rican forward Marco Ureña, who represented his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Los Angeles Football Club chose 23-year-old forward Ricky Lopez-Espin, formerly of Real Salt Lake.
 
The Waiver Draft consisted of players who had been waived by their clubs but did not meet the minimum years of service requirement for the Re-Entry Draft or Free Agency. Under-contract players selected in the Waiver Draft are automatically added to the drafting club’s roster. Clubs that claimed out-of-contract players are required to issue a genuine offer to the selected player.
 
Players who were not selected are now free to sign with the team of their choice.
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PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2018 MLS WAIVER DRAFT
Rd 1
Player
Team
Former Team
1
Marcus Epps
NYRB (via trade with SJ)
Philadelphia Union
2
PASS
Orlando City SC
 
3
PASS
Colorado Rapids
 
4
Cristian Martínez
Chicago Fire
Columbus Crew SC
5
PASS
Toronto FC
 
6
PASS
Minnesota United FC
 
7
PASS
Houston Dynamo
 
8
PASS
New England Revolution
 
9
PASS
Montreal Impact
 
10
PASS
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
 
11
PASS
LA Galaxy
 
12
PASS
Philadelphia Union
 
13
PASS
D.C. United
 
14
PASS
FC Dallas
 
15
Ricky Lopez-Espin
Los Angeles Football Club
Real Salt Lake
16
PASS
Real Salt Lake
 
17
PASS
Columbus Crew SC
 
18
PASS
New York City FC
 
19
PASS
Seattle Sounders FC
 
20
PASS
Sporting Kansas City
 
21
PASS
San Jose (via trade)
 
22
PASS
Portland Timbers
 
23
PASS
Atlanta United
 
24
PASS
FC Cincinnati
 
Rd 2
Player
Team
Former Team
25
PASS
New York Red Bulls
 
26
Marco Ureña
Chicago Fire
Los Angeles Football Club
27
PASS
Los Angeles Football Club
 
Rd 3
Player
Team
Former Team
28
PASS
Chicago Fire
 
 
 
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