If you've been frequenting the Brotherly Game recently, you've seen all of the You Be The GM posts asking who should earn a protected spot in the Expansion Draft. So what exactly does that mean? Did you know there is a certain number of international players that you can leave unprotected? Where do Generation Adidas contracts fall in the entire ordeal?
Well wonder no more! Enjoy the step-by-step rundown on the Expansion Draft.
- MLS clubs may protect 11 players between their Senior Roster and their Supplemental Roster. If the player’s contract expires at the end of 2014, he will still be considered part of the club’s roster.
- If a club protects a player, it is not obligated to exercise the player’s option. It may renegotiate subject to terms of the CBA
- If a player retires, he will not be a part of the club’s roster, but his club will lose its right of first refusal to him should he ultimately decide to play.
- Players on a club’s Supplemental Roster, other than Generation Adidas Players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2014 MLS season or Homegrown Players on a club’s Supplemental Roster, will be part of the expansion draft.
- Generation adidas Players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2014 MLS season and Homegrown Players on a club’s Supplemental Roster at the end of the 2014 MLS Season are automatically protected (clubs do not have to use a protected slot on them).
- 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 make available not more than one.
- For purposes of this expansion process, for US-based clubs, any non-domestic US player would count as an International and, for Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, any non-domestic US player or non-domestic Canadian players would count as an International.
- 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). However, if the Designated Player has a no-trade clause in his contract, then his MLS club must protect him and he will count as one of the 11 players who may be protected.
- Once two players have been claimed from a team’s non-protected roster, that team is eliminated from the expansion draft and may not lose any further players. In addition, once a player has been claimed from a club’s non-protected roster, that club may move a player from its non-protected roster to its protected roster.
- Two key points here. When one unprotected player is selected in the draft, the Union will be able to select a twefth player to protect. If a second player is selected, the Union's remaining unprotected roster will be unavailable for selection, limiting the damage to the roster at just two. In 2010 the Union had two players selected in the Expansion Draft for the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. Shea Salinas and Alejandro Moreno were both selected by the Whitecaps. In a single team draft with the Montreal Impact, Justin Mapp was selected.
- Rounds: The expansion draft will be 10 rounds.