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Expansion Draft details for Inter Miami, Nashville SC set as they enter in 2020

Another piece in the roster build is set for 2020 MLS expansion sides Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC, as the league announced details for the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft on Nov. 19.

Both clubs will each be able to select up to five players currently on MLS teams. All teams will now be able to protect 12 players after previously being allowed to place 11 on their protected lists.

A complete list of Expansion Draft-eligible players will be released Nov. 16. After having players selected by FC Cincinnati in 2018, D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo and the New York Red Bulls will be exempt from having anybody chosen this go-around. Eligible layers from the league's other 18 teams, though, are fair game.

Expansion Priority Draft

The league has also announced procedures for the MLS Expansion Priority Draft, which will determine the order for the five available player-acquisition methods. After an opening coin toss to determine the first pick, teams will alternate through subsequent selections until all roster-building mechanisms have been chosen:   

  1. No.1 pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft 
  2. No.1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas
  3. No.1 position in Allocation Ranking Order
  4. Penultimate position in MLS Re-Entry and End-of-Year Waiver Order
  5. Penultimate position in Discovery Player Ranking

The order will be determined on’s Oct. 6 Matchday Central: Decision Day presented by AT&T Pregame Show.

The show, live from AT&T MLS Studios in midtown Manhattan at 3 pm ET, will see the participation of Miami managing owner & CEO Jorge Mas, Miami sporting director Paul McDonough, Nashville CEO Ian Ayre and Nashville general manager Mike Jacobs. The show will stream live on, and through the MLS app, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The last time an MLS Expansion Draft included two teams was in 2016, when Atlanta United and Minnesota United both prepared to enter the league.

The 2019 Expansion Draft will be the 13th held in the league's history.


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