Two days ago, Jay Heaps was officially introduced as the head coach of the New England Revolution.
Now, the work begins.
Heaps’ first task in his new role will be to put together a list of 11 protected players ahead of the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft, in which the Montreal Impact will continue to shape its roster by selecting 10 players from other teams around the league. Each team must submit its list of 11 protected players on Monday, Nov. 21, while the actual draft will take place at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
As we’ve done in years past, we want to get your take on which 11 players you’d protect if it was your decision.
There are quite a few rules for the Expansion Draft (which can be found here), but for our purposes I’ll simplify it to the bare essentials …
- Diego Fagundez is automatically protected because of his status as a Home Grown Player. Fagundez does not count against the Revolution’s protected list, meaning the club can still protect 11 players beyond Fagundez.
- The Revs must protect AT LEAST three of the five internationals on the roster.
- Montreal can only select one player from each team. Once a player is selected from a specific club, that club is off the table for the rest of the Expansion Draft.
A list of the 26 players on the Revolution’s current roster (not including Fagundez) is below with international players noted as such. Keep in mind you must protect at least three of the internationals.
With all that said, who would you protect? Let us know in the comments section below.
ELIGIBLE FOR THE EXPANSION DRAFT
Milton Caraglio (INTERNATIONAL)
Franco Coria (INTERNATIONAL)
Rajko Lekic (INTERNATIONAL)
Sainey Nyassi (INTERNATIONAL)
Monsef Zerka (INTERNATIONAL)