2017 MLS Expansion Draft Process

Rounds: Five rounds as LAFC can select up to five players from the eligible pool; they can only claim a single player from any one club

Selection clock: Permitted three minutes for each selection

Timeouts: No timeouts implemented

Trades: No trades permitted during draft

Each current MLS club protected 11 players from their 2017 roster. Generation adidas players (who did not graduate at the end of the 2017 season) and Homegrown Players on a club’s off-budget roster are automatically protected and do not count against a team’s 11 protected roster spots. Designated Players are not automatically protected. If a Designated Player has a no trade clause in his contract, then the club must protect him in the Expansion Draft.

Once one player has been selected from a team’s unprotected roster, that team may not lose any further players (all additional players from that team become ineligible for selection).

2017 MLS Expansion Draft Rules

Protected/unprotected player-related rules: The 22 MLS clubs that competed during the 2017 season can protect 11 players between their Senior, Supplemental and Reserve Roster.

• If the player’s contract expires at the end of 2017, he will still be considered part of the club’s Senior Roster. If a club protects a player, it is not obligated to exercise the player’s option. It may renegotiate a new budget number for the player as in previous years, subject to the CBA. Option Decline Free Agents and Out of Contracts Free Agents are part of the Expansion Draft and are not automatically protected.

• Players on a club’s Supplemental Roster, other than Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2017 MLS Season or Homegrown Players, are eligible.

• Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2017 MLS Season and Homegrown players on a Club’s Supplemental/Reserve Roster at the end of the 2017 MLS Season are automatically protected. Clubs do not have to use a protected slot on them.

• 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). If a player has a no-trade clause in his contract, his MLS club must protect him and he will count as one of the 11 players who may be protected.

• Retired player rules: If a player retires, he will not be a part of the Expansion Draft, but his club will lose its right of first refusal to him should he ultimately decide to play.

• International player rules: 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 not make more than one international player available.

• Selection of Free Agents: If a Free Agent is selected in the Expansion Draft, the expansion club that selected the player will gain his previous club’s ability to renegotiate a new contract consistent with the CBA before the beginning of Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft. If an Out of Contract Free Agent is selected in the Expansion Draft and subsequently signs with his 2017 club via Free Agency, he will be subject to the compensation limitation for Out of Contract Players signing with a new Club, as provided in the CBA.

• If LAFC selects a Supplemental/Reserve Roster Player, it must offer him a Senior Roster position and he must remain on the Senior Roster as of Roster Compliance Date.

• Maximum player loss: Once one player has been claimed from a club’s non-protected roster, that club is eliminated from the Expansion Draft and may not lose any further players.

• Right to negotiate: LAFC will have the right to renegotiate a drafted player’s salary (either up or down) without having to place such player on waivers or giving his previous club a right of first refusal.

Expansion Draft Historical Notes

Draft Firsts

• LAFC GM & EVP of Soccer Operations John Thorrington was selected 20th overall in the 2010 expansion draft by the Vancouver Whitecaps, making 35 appearances for the team in 2011

• Thorrington is the first GM to be drafted and draft an Expansion Draft

• For the first time with the 2016 Expansion Draft, the league changed its system as Minnesota United FC and Atlanta United were granted only five selections each, and General Allocation Money awarded to them in lieu of lost picks.

Building Again

• LAFC will be the second expansion team led by Head Coach Bob Bradley

• Bradley led the 1998 MLS/US Open Cup Champion Chicago Fire that featured appearances by 7 players taken in the 1997 expansion draft. (Danny Pena, Kevin Hartman, Manny Lagos, Jason Farrell, Jorge Salcedo, Zach Thornton, Francis Okaroh, Diego Gutierrez, Andrew Lewis, Brian Bates, A.J Wood, Steve Patterson) 

• Diego Gutierrez selected 15th in the 1997 draft made 109 appearances for the Chicago fire between 1998-2001 scoring 7 goals

Gems of the Draft

• 2016 Expansion Draft included Atlanta’s selection of goalkeeper Alec Kann who made 18 starts in 2017 and Minnesota’s pick of defensive midfielder Collen Warner who appeared in 25 games in 2017. 

• The Sounders’ final pick in the 2008 Expansion Draft, Brad Evans is one of the most important figures in Seattle’s MLS history. Evans has racked up 200 regular-season appearances with Seattle, tallying 20 goals and 27 assists

• Zach Thornton, selected by the Fire 11th overall in the 1997 Expansion Draft, immediately became the club’s full-time starter, earning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and Best XI honors in 1998, receiving All-Star nods five times with the Fire and winning one MLS Cup, three Open Cups and one Supporters’ Shield in eight years in Chicago.

• The fourth selection in the 2009 Expansion Draft, Sebastien Le Toux is perhaps the most iconic player in the history of the Philadelphia Union. The Frenchman spent parts of six seasons in two separate stints with the Union. He ranks first in Union history in numerous statistical categories, including goals (50), assists (50), games played (175), shots (320) and shots on goal (144).  

• Now the club’s head scout, Andy Williams was a Real Salt Lake mainstay in the club’s early years, appearing in at least 23 regular-season games in all seven of his seasons with the club. A key member of the Salt Lake squads that won MLS Cup in 2009 and reached the final of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2011, the Jamaican retired in 2011 as RSL’s all-time leader in games played and shots and ended his career second in club history in assists, games started and minutes.



* indicates the player is eligible for Free Agency
Atlanta United
Mikey Ambrose
Yamil Asad
Mark Bloom
Bobby Boswell*
Kevin Kratz
Jeff Larentowicz*
Zack Loyd*
Chris McCann
Tyrone Mears
Kevin Oliveira
Jeffrey Otoo
Tyler Pasher
Jacob Peterson
Kyle Reynish*
Anton Walkes
Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu
Romario Williams
Chicago Fire
David Arshakyan
Rodrigo Bava
Brandt Bronico
Stefan Cleveland
Jorge Corales
Michael de Leeuw
Christian Dean
Matej Dekovic
John Goossens
Michael Harrington*
Daniel Johnson
Matt Lampson
Joao Meira
Colorado Rapids
John Berner
Bobby Burling*
Dennis Castillo
Mike Da Fonte
Joshua Gatt
Alan Gordon*
Sam Hamilton
Mohammed Saeid
Mekeil Williams
Columbus Crew SC
Waylon Francis
Niko Hansen
Marshall Hollingsworth
Adam Jahn
Hector Jimenez
Logan Ketterer
Conor Maloney
Cristian Martinez
Jonathan Mensah
Abuchi Obinwa
Jukka Raitala
Rodrigo Saravia
Gaston Sauro
Brad Stuver
Josh Williams
D.C. United
Deshorn Brown
Julian Buescher
Steve Clark
Sean Franklin*
Bill Hamid
Jared Jeffrey
Eric Klenofsky
Chris Korb
Bruno Miranda
Patrick Nyarko*
Chris Odio-Atsem
Chris Rolfe*
Lloyd Sam
Marcelo Sarvas
Rob Vincent
Travis Worra
FC Dallas
Carlos Cermeno
Anibal Chala
Eduardo Cortes
Maynor Figueroa
Luis Gonzalez
Hernan Grana
Atiba Harris*
Walker Hume
Roland Lamah
Javier Morales*
Chris Seitz*
Houston Dynamo
Eric Alexander*
Arturo Alvarez
Jalil Anibaba
DaMarcus Beasley*
Calle Brown
Ricardo Clark*
AJ DeLaGarza*
Jose Escalante
Boniek Garcia
Kevin Garcia
Joe Holland
Taylor Hunter
George Malki
Vicente Sanchez
Philippe Senderos
Charlie Ward
LA Galaxy
Michael Ciani
Bradley Diallo
Clement Diop
Rafael Garcia
Jermaine Jones
Jon Kempin
Ariel Lassiter
Jack McInerney
Brian Rowe
Pele van Anholt
Minnesota United FC
Bernardo Anor
Justin Davis
Thomas De Villardi
Vadim Demidov
Joe Greenspan
Miguel Ibarra
Ismaila Jome
Alex Kapp
Jose Leiton
Patrick McLain
Sam Nicholson
Rasmus Schuller
Jermaine Taylor
Johan Venegas
Kevin Venegas
Collen Warner
Montreal Impact
Hernan Bernardello
Patrice Bernier
Dein Boldor
Hassoun Camara
Nick DePuy
Shaun Francis*
Eric Kronberg*
Wandrille Lefevre
Matteo Mancosu
Dominic Oduro
Andrew Romero
Michael Salazar
New England Revolution
Benjamin Angoua
Femi Hollinger-Janzen
Brad Knighton*
Daigo Kobayashi
Xavier Kouassi
Donnie Smith
Josh Smith
Matt Turner
Chris Tierney
JeVaughn Watson
London Woodberry
Brian Wright
New York City FC
Kwame Awuah
Migual Camargo
Maxime Chanot
Shannon Gomez
Eirik Johansen
Mikey Lopez
Jefferson Mena
Sean Okoli
Andre Rawls
Khiry Shelton
John Stertzer
Andraz Struna
Ethan White
New York Red Bulls
Anatole Abang
Gideon Baah
Vincent Bezecourt
Aurelien Collin
Dilly Duka*
Mike Grella
Muhammed Keita
Connor Lade
Zeiko Lewis
Dan Metzger
Hassan Ndam Fouapon
Damien Perrinelle
Sal Zizzo*
Orlando City SC
Kevin Alston*
Giles Barnes
Hadji Barry
Servando Carrasco
Pierre Da Silva
Conor Donovan
Earl Edwards Jr.
Devron Garcia
Victor Giro
Sebastian Hines
Antonio Nocerino
Leonardo Pereira
Dillon Powers
Rafael Ramos
Tony Rocha
Josh Saunders*
Philadelphia Union
Roland Alberg
Eric Ayuk
Warren Creavalle
Charlie Davies
Maurice Edu
Raymon Gaddis
Aaron Jones
Richard Marquez
John McCarthy
Jake McGuire
Oguchi Onyewu
Chris Pontius*
Jay Simpson
Ken Tribbett
Giliano Wijnaldum
Portland Timbers
Gbenga Arokoyo
Victor Arboleda
Jeff Attinella
Jack Barmby
Rennico Clarke
Jake Gleeson
Kendall McIntosh
Lucas Melano
Roy Miller
Chance Myers
Amobi Okugo
Lawrence Olum
Bill Tuiloma
Zarek Valentin
Ben Zemanski*
Real Salt Lake
Chad Barrett*
Tony Beltran
Nick Besler
Reagan Dunk
Omar Holness
Yuri Movsisyan
Stephen Obayan Sunday
Demar Phillips
Justin Schmidt
Chris Schuler*
Connor Sparrow
Matt Van Oekel
Chris Wingert*
San Jose Earthquakes
Francois Affolter
Quincy Amarikwa
Leandro Barrera
Victor Bernardez
Matt Bersano
Cordell Cato
Kip Colvey
Harold Cummings
Simon Dawkins
Andrew Imperiale
Lindo Mfeka
Marc Pelosi
Kofi Sarkodi
Matheus Silva
Marco Urena
Seattle Sounders FC
Tony Alfaro
Osvaldo Alonso
Jordy Delem
Brad Evans*
Oneil Fisher
Joevin Jones
Calum Mallace
Zach Mathers
Bryan Meredith
Tyler Miller
Lamar Neagle*
Harry Shipp
Sporting Kansas City
Saad Abdul-Salaam
Kharlton Belmar
Latif Blessing
Amer Didic
Andrew Dykstra
Cameron Iwasa
Kenwyne Jones
Diego Kostner
Soni Mustivar
Cameron Porter
Soony Saad
Seth Sinovic
Colton Storm
Alex Tambakis
Adrian Zendejas
Toronto FC
Oyvind Alseth
Brandon Aubrey
Steven Beitashour*
Benoit Cheyrou
Armando Cooper
Raheem Edwards
Tsubasa Endo
Nicholas Hasler
Jason Hernandez*
Clint Irwin
Drew Moor*
Mark Pais
Tosaint Ricketts
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Christian Bolanos
Marcel De Jong
David Edgar
Deybi Flores
Kyle Greig
Jordan Harvey*
Bernie Ibini-Isei
Nosa Igiebor
Andrew Jacobson*
Matias Laba
Brett Levis
Aaron Maund
Davis Ousted
Spencer Richey
Mauro Rosales
Cole Seiler
Brek Shea
Cristian Techera
Sheanon Williams