The first batch of Philadelphia Union players to be signed were selected from other teams from an Expansion Draft. Since entering the league the Philadelphia Union have also been on the opposite side of the equation on two occasions as the Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, and Montreal Impact entered the league. During those drafts the Union lost Shea Salinas (Vancouver), Alejandro Moreno (Vancouver), and Justin Mapp (Montreal).
Once again the Union roster will be split up into Exempt, Protected, and Exposed categories. While the exact Expansion Draft rules for this off season have not been released yet, we can make some assumptions based on previous years.
- Homegrown players are exempt
- Generation Adidas players are exempt
- Designated players can be exposed, unless they have a no trade clause in their contract, then you are forced to protect them
- Eleven players will be protected from each roster
- With two teams drafting, when one of your players is drafted, you will be able to protect one additional player from your exposed list
- Maurice Edu - if the Union are going to pick up his option, he is a must protect player. If they don't want to put out the additional investment to buy him from Stoke City, there is no reason to waste a protected spot on him.
- Brian Brown - much like Edu, he is on loan and it will depend on if his option will be picked up. His appearances have been hit or miss and it could go either way. Even if they do sign him permanently, he may not need to be protected.
- Austin Berry - the former Rookie of the Year has fallen from grace since his move to Philadelphia. Long term he is likely to bounce back if given an opportunity and if left unprotected is likely to be selected. It would be a shame to see him leave Philly after just one season and such bad performances.
- Danny Cruz - his relationship with Philly faithful has been one of love and hate, with some great performances on occasion, but far more frustrating play. He lack technical skill, but is a hustler and always finds himself in the top half of the roster. Wouldn't be surprised to see him protected, but also wouldn't be surprised to see him exposed and drafted.
- Michael Lahoud - had found himself on the outside looking in under Hackworth, but has found new life with Curtin in charge. Has put in a few rocky performances of late, but is a league veteran and an international. Would be a long shot to be protected of this list though.
- Pedro Ribeiro - while not featuring in the league yet and spending most of his time with the City Islanders, he is starting to make a name for himself. A Player of the Week performance and a handful of goals to his name mean he could be looked on as a promising player on a cheap salary.
- Andrew Wenger - the pros are he is a jack of all trades, local kid who works hard and keeps his nose clean. The negatives are he's making a good chunk of money and is a master of no position. Hard to think a young, former Number One overall draft pick would be passed up by two expansion teams.
- Ethan White - yet another of the players that were invisible to Hackworth, but find new life under Curtin. He's looks capable since moving into the starting lineup and Curtin has voiced his support of a Valdes-White partnership to the press. Also still young and if not selected would be a nice draft piece for Orlando or NYCFC.
- Zac MacMath - this is the biggest question mark of them all. What is going to come of MacMath this offseason. There are always a flurry of trades right before the draft and the most likely scenario is someone swoops in for the young veteran before he is left exposed. The Union would also benefit from receiving something in return rather than letting him go for free.