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Nov
18

MLS Expansion Draft: What would you do?

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 …

  1. 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.
  2. The Revs must protect AT LEAST three of the five internationals on the roster.
  3. 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
Kevin Alston
Darrius Barnes
Zak Boggs
Milton Caraglio (INTERNATIONAL)
Ryan Cochrane
Franco Coria (INTERNATIONAL)
Kheli Dube
Benny Feilhaber
Ryan Guy
Shalrie Joseph
Ryan Kinne
Alan Koger
Rajko Lekic (INTERNATIONAL)
Otto Loewy
Kenny Mansally
Stephen McCarthy
Tim Murray
Sainey Nyassi (INTERNATIONAL)
Pat Phelan
Matt Reis
Zack Schilawski
Bobby Shuttleworth
A.J. Soares
Andrew Sousa
Chris Tierney
Monsef Zerka (INTERNATIONAL)

AUTOMATICALLY PROTECTED
Diego Fagundez

19 comments

  1. GreyGhostX says:

    Wouldn’t Alston be protected by his Generation Adidas contract?

  2. Matt says:

    Kevin Alston
    Darius Barnes
    Milton Caraglio
    Benny Feilhaber
    Ryan Guy
    Shalrie Joseph
    Rajko Lekic
    Matt Reis
    AJ Soares
    Chris Tierney
    Monsef Zerka

    Toughest call was leaving Coria unprotected, but as an international I don’t think he’ll be picked. Everyone else I wouldn’t be sad to see go.

  3. matt j. says:

    i would protect: alston, barnes, caraglio, feilhaber, guy, joseph, lekic, nyassi, reis, soares, and zerka. I feel that if or when joseph is resigned this is a very solid core of players to build around. and adding diego to that will make it ever better.

  4. Jeff Lemieux says:

    GreyGhostX – Alston graduated from Generation adidas following his rookie season in 2009.

  5. bwidell says:

    Protect:

    Alston
    Barnes
    Caraglio
    Feilhaber
    Soares
    Nyassi
    Lekic
    Guy
    Coria
    Shuttleworth
    Joseph

  6. jw says:

    1. Alston
    2. Barnes
    3. Caraglio (INT)
    4. Feilhaber
    5. Joseph
    6. Lekic (INT)
    7. Nyassi (INT)
    8. Reis
    9. Shuttleworth
    10. Soares
    11. Tierney

  7. RevsFan08 says:

    Jeff, Is Mansally not International status?

  8. Jeff Lemieux says:

    RevsFan08 – He’s not (U.S. Green Card holder).

  9. Steve says:

    @RevsFan08 Mansally has his green card, I believe, which removes him from int’l status. Not sure why Nyassi hasn’t gone that route.

    I could give my protected list, but then I already have in other mediums. You can find it at The Bent Musket at http://www.thebentmusket.com/2011/11/3/2536717/2012-mls-expansion-draft-who-should-we-protect among other places.

  10. Djmuchachitomalo says:

    PROTECT:
    1. Caraglio
    2. Lekic
    3. Zerka
    4. Reis
    5. Soares
    6. Joseph
    7. Feilhaber
    8. Alston
    9. Mansally
    10. Nyassi
    11. Tierney

  11. NFLPatriot says:

    My list matches Matt, right down to Coria being #12 and odd man out.

  12. James says:

    Wow! No love for Stephen McCarthy from the above!

    McCarthy
    Barnes
    Caraglio
    Feilhaber
    Soares
    Nyassi
    Lekic
    Guy
    Coria
    Shuttleworth
    Joseph

  13. Chris B says:

    My lists are very similar to the ones already posted but I’d go with:

    3 INT’s:
    1) Caraglio
    2) Zerka
    3) Lekic

    Rest:
    4) Soares
    5) Benny
    6) Shalrie
    7) Tierney
    8) Alston
    9) Guy
    10) Barnes
    11) And of course, MVP Matt Reis!

    Also, I like what Heaps and Burns were talking about regarding attempting more inter-MLS trades. A great way to start that that is with the Expansion draft. Try to engineer some trades it’s how DC got Dax McCarty and Colorado got Sainey’s bother last year!

  14. Chris B says:

    Ha my number 8 came out as a smiley face with sunglasses!

  15. Jim Murray says:

    Kevin Alston
    Zak Boggs
    Monsef Zerka
    Matt Reis
    Stephen McCarthy
    Ryan Guy
    Kenny M

  16. Brad says:

    Get rid of:
    Lekic
    Barnes
    Nyassi
    Phelan
    Tierney
    Dube
    kinne
    Schilawski
    Sousa

    Trade Joseph for some good young players. His time here is done its not like were good with him whats the worse that can happen.

  17. kate says:

    keep Kevin …
    Zerka
    Matt
    Bobby
    Ryan Guy
    stephen
    Kenny
    Franco

    the rest can go and get players who car about the game and not going out at night ..

  18. Kate says:

    Also keep A.J .

  19. Alex says:

    players to dump ……

    JOSEPH
    BARNES
    NYASSI
    LEKIC
    DUBE
    AND ALL OF THE 2ND TEAM

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