The Philadelphia Union announced their list of the eleven players they would protect during the 2017 Expansion Draft. Players signed via the Homegrown Player and Generation adidas mechanisms are automatically protected.
Protected: Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake, Jack Elliott, Marcus Epps, Fabinho, Fabian Herbers, Ilsinho, Haris Medunjanin, Fafa Picault, Keegan Rosenberry, CJ Sapong, Anthony Fontana (Homegrown Player), Derrick Jones (Homegrown Player), Adam Najem (Homegrown Player), Auston Trusty (Homegrown Player), and Josh Yaro (Generation adidas).
There weren’t many surprises on the list of players that would be protected from going to Los Angeles FC, although with Fabinho being out of contract and Fabian Herbers and Ilsinho having their contract options declined, they were most likely protected to meet MLS requirements as only three international players could be left unprotected. Per the press release, the Union are under no obligation to exercise the players option.
So LAFC will have their pick of the following players: Warren Creavalle, Richie Marquez, John McCarthy, Jay Simpson, Ray Gaddis, Jake McGuire, Eric Ayuk, Ken Tribbett, Oguchi Onyewu, Aaron Jones, Giliano Wijnaldum, Maurice Edu, Chris Pontius, Charlie Davies
If you were with LAFC, would you take anyone from this list? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments section below!