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Analyzing The Expansion Draft For Orlando City SC And New York City FC

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The MLS expansion draft never goes how anyone expects, nor does any one team do exactly what any other team would do.

With the fluidity and communication between teams in MLS greater than in any other American sports league, the Expansion Draft is often a mechanism for teams to complete trades, send players out on loan, send them away in exchange for allocation money or international slots, and maybe, just maybe, grab a starter or two.

Analyzing The Expansion Draft For Orlando City SC And New York City FC

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The MLS expansion draft never goes how anyone expects, nor does any one team do exactly what any other team would do.

With the fluidity and communication between teams in MLS greater than in any other American sports league, the Expansion Draft is often a mechanism for teams to complete trades, send players out on loan, send them away in exchange for allocation money or international slots, and maybe, just maybe, grab a starter or two.

D.C. United loses Lewis Neal and Thomas McNamara in the MLS Expansion Draft

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We had feared losing two players in today's expansion draft, but not many people were expecting these two players to depart.

Being a good team heading into an expansion season in MLS is always a difficult task. With both Orlando City SC and New York City FC coming into the league for 2015, D.

B&RU's Mock Expansion Draft: D.C. United seems likely to lose two players

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One man took on the entire expansion process, the likely approaches of Orlando City SC and New York City FC, and the standard MLS minutiae. Will he live to tell the tale?

Let's keep this brief: I had the idea to do a mock expansion draft all by myself, and not doing it in terms of what I would do but rather how Orlando City SC and New York City FC will approach things.

Rules of Expansion

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On December 10th, New York City FC and Orlando City will take part in selecting players from the current MLS franchises. With the Philadelphia Union roster possibly seeing one or two players wearing different colors next season due to the draft, it is important to know what to expect. Here is our rundown on the rules of the expansion draft.

Revs Protected List Contains A Few Surprises

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Only 24 hours from playing in the MLS Cup, AJ Soares, Patrick Mullins and Andy Dorman saw the business side of Major League Soccer as they were all left unprotected for Wednesday's expansion draft.

Each team can protect 11 players and the New England Revolution opted to protect:
Kevin Alston, Teal Bunbury, Charlie Davies, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves (Int'l), Jermaine Jones, Daigo Kobayashi (Int'l), Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Bobby Shuttleworth and Chris Tierney.

D.C. United declines options on Jeff Parke and four other players

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Oh, you thought the expansion draft protected list was the only list dropping tonight? Ha!

Tonight, we're all waiting for MLS to release the various lists of players who will and won't be available to New York City FC and Orlando City SC in Wednesday's expansion draft. But we've got a little appetizer to get our juices flowing, as D.

Maths Apology: Salary vs Performance Breakdown

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TheFire are amidstaflurry of Nordic signings, andjust weeks earlier Coach Frank Yallop and Technical Director Brian Bliss optedtopick up only six of a possible seventeen contract renewals.

Most fans tracking theFire Front Office's moves thus far assume that manyof those athletes who were not offered a contractrenewal may wind up back on the team with a renegotiated salary.

Do the results of the SB Nation mock expansion draft make us want to rethink D.C. United's protected list?

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Two D.C. United players were taken in the first five rounds, one of them a guy D.C. United failed to win any games without. Does this mean we should reevaluate the process we used to make our protected lists?

As we all know, Orlando City SC and New York City FC will be entering MLS in a scant three months' time.

Let's talk some more about who D.C. United should protect in the MLS expansion draft

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With NYCFC and Orlando City ready to pull players from the existing 18 MLS teams shortly after MLS Cup, we revisit D.C. United's roster to ask who Ben Olsen should protect and who he should risk losing in the expansion draft.

We've touched on it a couple times since the end of D.C. United's 2014 season a couple weeks ago.

D.C. United and the MLS Expansion Draft: It's Complicated

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Ben Olsen is going to have some very difficult decisions to make with regards to keeping his most crucial players out of the grabby hands of Orlando City and NYCFC.

Here's the thing about doing an expansion draft piece without knowing the precise rules MLS will be using: You can either forge bravely ahead in the assumption that MLS will just use the old rules - that's what Ben did in round one - or you can hedge yourself against every foreseeable version of the rules MLS could create.

Who should D.C. United protect in the expansion draft?

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In the first of many posts on the subject, we take a first crack at who D.C. United should protect in the upcoming expansion draft.

You all have clamored for it, and now we give the people what they want. As we all know, the MLS Expansion Draft is coming up in a few short weeks, where Orlando City SC and New York City FC will get to plunder the rosters of the rest of the league to start themselves up.

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Fire add another local product in Eric Gehrig

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Not long after being selected in the 10th round of the Expansion Draft by Orlando City SC, former Columbus Crew defender Eric Gehrig found himself in a familiar place. The Crown Point , Indiana native and Loyola University alum was traded by Orlando to his hometown club in Chicago. The Fire acquired the Right of First Refusal on his contract in exchange for a second round pick in the 2016 MLS Superdraft.

What the Expansion Draft list and Okugo deal says about the Union

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Yesterday, MLS clubs released their list of protected players in anticipation of the Expansion Draft.....and by the way, Amobi Okugo was traded to Orlando City SC, because that is how the Union roll.

I have two passions in my life, soccer and music. It's always been that way from what I can remember.

Expansion Draft 2014 | González y Scott quedan desprotegidos

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Los defensores Sounders Leo GONZÁLEZ y Zach SCOTT han quedado fuera de la lista de jugadores protegidos para el nuevo Expansion Draft, o Reclutamiento de Expansión, a llevarse a cabo [...]

Orlando City

2014 MLS Expansion Draft sees one selection from Timbers roster as Ricketts moves to Orlando

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Major League Soccer staged two separate drafts on December 10 in their first big off-season movement, giving their two newest clubs - New York City FC and Orlando City - a chance to populate their rosters. With Portland keeping 11 current players plus a handful more on other roster exceptions, the team was nervous about big losses but ended up losing just one player on the day - goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

Sporting Lose Zizzo in Expansion Draft, Pick Up Anibaba

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The MLS expansion draft is done, and Sporting KC pretty much made it out of the draft unscathed. The only player from Sporting KC that was selected in the draft was winger, Sal Zizzo, who had already had his option declined by the club. New York City FC took Zizzo with their 9th pick of the expansion draft.

Another Look at the Expansion Draft for KC

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Tomorrow, Orlando City and New York City FC will both select up to 10 players from the existing 18 MLS teams. Yesterday the protection and exposure lists came out from the teams. Since then, there's been a lot of speculation and a number of mock drafts on who would be taken by the two clubs. Since then, mock drafts have been flowing around.

Sporting's Protected and Exposed List for the Expansion Draft

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With all the changes that Sporting KC has made near the end of the season there wasn't a lot of flexibility with who the team would choose to protect in this year's expansion draft. After the automatic protection of Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin, Mikey Lopez, and Erik Palmer-Brown, there aren't a lot of players left on KC's roster to choose from.

Who to Protect in the Expansion Draft

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A week from tomorrow, MLS will host another one of their drafts. This one the expansion draft for the league's two new teams, New York City FC and Orlando City SC. A couple weeks ago I tried breaking down the rules so that it would be easier for people to understand who could be protected, who would be automatically protected, and other information on the rules.

Expansion Draft Rules Released and an Explanation

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Today, MLS released the rules for this year's expansion draft that will occur after MLS Cup on December 10th. The draft will see both New York City FC and Orlando City SC select 10 players from the existing 18 other teams in the league. Since MLS rules are just a bit cumbersome and at times difficult to understand, I'll try to break down some of the rules that may be difficult to understand.

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Mullins, Taylor taken in Expansion Draft

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The Revolution saw their roster reduced to 19 afterlosing a pair of young forwards through the expansion draft. Former 2014 SuperDraft pick Patrick Mullins and 2014 signee Tony Taylor were taken by New York CityFC.

Patrick Mullins, who was selected 11th overall in last year's SuperDraft by the Revolution, was largely anticipated to be selected going into the expansion draft.

Dispersal Draft starts busy but important offseason for Portland Timbers

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The offseason for the Portland Timbers gets started a bit earlier than they had anticipated with the November 19 MLS Dispersal Draft. The league dissolved the former Chivas USA club after the 2014 season, and the festivities will give existing MLS teams (including the new additions for 2015, Orlando City and New York City FC) a chance to add some veteran talent.

D.C. United

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, MLS Expansion Draft, and UEFA Champions League links for Wednesday December 10th, 2014

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More stadium stuff, a possible CCL coaching change, potentially good USMNT news, and today is the Expansion Draft. Oh, and I heard that the Champions League had some things happen.

Hey, someone forgot to do this last night and has just 35 minutes to put a post together. Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion!

United releases protected players on Expansion Draft list

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Wrapping up a very busy day for D.C. United, the team released its list of protected players ahead of the MLS Expansion Draft to be held this Wednesday afternoon at league headquarters in New York City. In addition to the list of players protected by United (listed below), the team declined the options on the [.

Make your own D.C. United protected list with The Protectinator

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Our never-ending coverage of the expansion draft continues with the opportunity for you, dear reader, to vote on who should be on United's list

You guys showed us that you really, really wanted to talk about the expansion draft. Like, a lot. So we listened, and came up with three different protection lists, then participated in SB Nation's mock draft, then fretted over the results of said mock draft.

SB Nation Mock Expansion Draft: Who we protected for D.C. United and why

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SB Nation is doing a mock expansion draft, and we submitted a mock protected list.

We have inundated you with discussion of what D.C. United should do about the upcoming Expansion Draft. Ben attempted to gauge what United would do. I put together a list ordered by how vital it is to protect each player, regardless of this particular mechanism's rules.

Filibuster podcast episode 107: Chivas USA dispersal draft preview with Alicia Rodriguez and expansion draft preview

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On tap tonight: Old Grand Dad, Duclaw Sweet Baby Jesus, Magic Hat Winter Seasonal, and sparkling water

It is Tuesday, so that means it must be Filibuster day! Adam, Jason, and Ben are all back in your ears to talk about D.C. United and the upcoming expansion draft. We go through some of the key players on D.

Philadelphia Union

The Union and the Expansion Draft

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You probably didn't know about it...right?

With the expansion draft but a day away as I write this, the Union presented their protected/exposed players for the world to read, mock and generally over-evaluate. Since I'm not one to back down from a challenge I decided to do my own evaluations of each of the Philadelphia Union's exposed players and who might get taken by whom.

You Be The GM: Should Andrew Wenger Be Protected or Not?

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The You be the GM series shift gears to focus on the expansion draft and which players are most expendable.

After looking at the known "free agents", players on loan and the goalkeeping quagmire the focus of the series now turns to the Expansion Draft. The Philadelphia Union will concede talent and get nothing in return, but are allowed to protect eleven players, and a twelfth after the first player is drafted.

Offseason Issues: The various drafts

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This offseason features a host of drafts, notably an expansion draft in which the Union could lose players and the Chivas USA dispersal draft in which the Union could gain some. PSP's Dan Walsh breaks it all down.

Brotherly Game Sunday Edition

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We offer a rundown of this weeks stories for your reading enjoyment

What a week it was for the Philadelphia Union and for us here at the Brotherly Game. Here's a look back at the biggest topics of the week.

Jim Curtin loses interim tag

Probably the biggest story this week was the official hiring of Jim Curtin as the Union's manager.

Colorado Rapids

As Expected, Busy Day For The Rapids

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In the short 4 hour trade window this morning the Rapids made two trades, then released their protected list for the expansion draft.

The first move was acquiring Michael Harrington from Portland for allocation money. Harrington is a 28 year old right back who can play on the left as well.

Go Revs!

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I know I've been quiet the last couple of weeks but there's been almost nothing going on in Rapids land. Pablo visiting Karanka at Middlesbrough for some coaching education is the extent of the news since the release of the declined contract options. Next week will be busy though with the release of the expansion draft protected players tomorrow or Tuesday, the expansion draft for NYCFC and Orlando on Wednesday and the first phase of the re-entry draft on Friday, with the second phase the following Thursday.

The Rest

Poetry Corner Kicks: MLS Cup Final

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Now that the dust has settled and the Expansion Draft is over we can finally wax poetically regarding MLS Final!

And so it ends. The 2014 season is in the books. What stories were written? Seattle barely misses the treble; LA wins a record fifth Cup title; the Union have work to do; and the narrative that loomed the largest over the whole season: Landon Donovan goes out a champion.

Expansion Draft 2014 | Solo se llevaron a un Sounders

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El mediocampista Jalil ANIBABA fue el único jugador de los Seattle Sounders en ser seleccionado en el Expansion Draft que se realizó esta mañana entre los nuevos equipos de la [...]

Fire's expansion protected list features minor surprises

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MLS clubs were required to submit the names of eleven players that each team would protect from selection by New York City FC and Orland City SC ahead of this Wednesday's expansion draft. The Fire's protected list includes a few minor surprises in Juan Luis Anangono and Robert Earnshaw. Because clubs are required to "protect" at least three internationals both Anangono and Earnshaw were added to the list although neither is expected to return next season.

D.C. United releases Protected List, EJ NOT on it

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Who are the Lucky (non-exempted) 11?

Perthe team, the list of protected players for Wednesday's Expansion Draft where :

Steve Birnbaum

Bobby Boswell

Nick DeLeon

Fabian Espindola

Sean Franklin

Bill Hamid

Taylor Kemp

Perry Kitchen

Chris Pontius

Chris Rolfe

Luis Silva

So by (admittedly hasty) process of elimination,Orlando City SC and NYCFC can choose from the following under contract players:

Davy Arnaud

Conor Doyle

Andrew Driver

Andrew Dykstra

Jared Jeffrey

Eddie Johnson

Chris Korb

Thomas McNamara

Lewis Neal

Kofi Opare

This obviously does not include homegrown players Collin Martin, Jalen Robinson or Michael Seaton, and with David Estrada being extended a offer (not to mention being on the supplemental roster), D.

You Be The GM: Should Pedro Ribeiro be Protected or Not?

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The You be the GM series shift gears to focus on the expansion draft and which players are most expendable.

With the fans overwhelmingly in Andrew Wenger's camp heading into next year, the Union is running thin on players they can protect. Most people seem to agree that the following ten players should be protected: Maidana, Nogueira, Okugo, Gaddis, Valdes, Le Toux, A goalkeeper, White, Williams and Wenger.

Sporting KC Have the Third Pick in the Dispersal Draft and Thoughts on What to Do

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MLS today held a drawing to determine the order for next week's dispersal draft for the players that had been on Chivas USA's roster. The one exception being the team's leading scorer, Erik Torres, who the league is working out an option to buy and will go through a different allocation process to a team.