LAFC Announces Protected Players Ahead Of 2021 MLS Expansion Draft 

LAFC announced today that the Club has protected 12 players in advance of the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft expected to take place on Tuesday, December 14. During the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft Charlotte FC may select up to five players in preparation for their inaugural 2022 season.  

The following LAFC players are protected and not eligible for selection during the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft:


Tomas Romero


Mamadou Fall

Marco Farfan

Kim Moon-Hwan

Tony Leone

Jesús David Murillo

Diego Palacios

Eddie Segura


José Cifuentes

Erik Dueñas

Bryce Duke


Cristian Arango

Latif Blessing

Mahala Opoku

Brian Rodriguez

Christian Torres

Carlos Vela

The following LAFC players are eligible for selection by Charlotte FC during the Expansion Draft:


Jamal Blackman 


Tristan Blackmon 

Julian Gaines 

Jordan Harvey 

Sebastien Ibeagha 

Alvaro Quezada 

Mohamed Traore 


Daniel Crisostomo 

Raheem Edwards 

Francisco Ginella 


Cal Jennings 

Danny Musovski 

Michee Ngalina 

Diego Rossi

The Expansion Draft eligible player list included players from 22 MLS clubs. San Jose Earthquakes, New York Red Bulls, Nashville SC, Galaxy, and Orlando City SC are exempt, having had players selected during the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft. 

MLS Homegrown Players ages 25 and under (those Born during or after 1996), as well as Generation Adidas players that did not graduate form the program at the end of 2021 are automatically protected, therefore clubs did not need to use one of their 12 selections to protect them.  

Once one player is selected from a club’s unprotected roster, that club is removed from the remainder of the Expansion Draft and may not have a second player selected.  

Complete rules and information for the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft are available here.

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