As reported by Brotherly Game last week, the MLS Expansion Draft will go on as planned. Today, MLS released the official rules of the 2016 Expansion Draft for Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United. The full rules can be read here, but here’s the gist of it:
- Only one player can be selected from each team. Once a player is selected from a team, that’s it.
- Clubs can protect 11 players. Generation adidas players (Andre Blake, Josh Yaro, and Fabian Herbers) and players signed via the Homegrown Player mechanism (Derrick Jones and Auston Trusty) are exempt.
- A coin flip will determine who gets to pick who picks first.
- Minnesota will have priority over players on its NASL roster and can name one additional player in USL/NASL not on its roster whose rights they will get. Not necessarily the player, just his rights.
- Atlanta will have priority over players it has signed to MLS Contracts and can also one additional player in USL/NASL subject to another MLS Club’s right of first refusal.
The Expansion Draft typically takes place in early December.