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Medunjanin, Fabian, Ngalina and Mbaizo among players left unprotected for expansion draft

Cory Burke and Jamiro Monteiro both on the protected list for the Philadelphia Union

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Ray Gaddis beat out Olivier Mbaizo for the starting right back spot when the Cameroonian was healthy this season and the veteran received the nod once again for the protected list for Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft.

Mbaizo, 22, and countrymen Michee Ngalina were somewhat surprising inclusions on the unprotected list along with veteran Haris Medunjanin, who is coming off one of the best seasons of his career but like last year can be selected by either Inter Miami or Nashville SC in the expansion draft.

RJ Allen, Joe Bendik, Fabinho, Aurelien Collin and Warren Creavalle — all players who are questionable to return even if they are passed over in the draft — were the others left unprotected.

The team’s eight homegrowns on the senior roster — Brenden Aaronson, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Matt Freese, Matt Real, Anthony Fontana, Cole Turner and Jack de Vries — were automatically protected.

Jamiro Monteiro, whose loan from FC Metz is expiring and his return a big question mark, was a somewhat surprising inclusion on the protected list. Does it mean there’s still a chance he’ll be back? Perhaps, but it’s still really hard to say. Cory Burke’s inclusion suggests that the club is interested in bringing the Jamaican international back next season after he missed most of the 2019 season due to visa issues.

Andrew Wooten was also on the protected list despite underwhelming performances after his arrival from Germany over the summer. Marco Fabian, who became the highest paid player in team history when he was signed on a free transfer in February, was left unprotected.

Players Available for Expansion Draft

Haris Medunjanin
Marco Fabian
Michee Ngalina
Olivier Mbaizo
Fabinho
RJ Allen
Joe Bendik
Aurelien Collin,
Warren Creavalle