Orlando City SC Announces Protected List For 2018 MLS Expansion Draft


Orlando City SC today announced its protected list for the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft. Scheduled for Tuesday, December 11 at 2 p.m. ET, the Expansion Draft gives FC Cincinnati the opportunity to add five players to their roster, with no more than one player allowed to be drafted from each club. 

The five teams who had players selected by the Los Angeles Football Club during the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft are exempt from the 2018 Expansion Draft. They are: Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, the San Jose Earthquakes, Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC. 

The remaining 18 MLS clubs that competed during the 2018 season can protect 11 players between their Senior, Supplemental and Reserve Roster. If the player’s contract expires at the end of 2018, 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. 

As Homegrown Players, midfielder Cam Lindley and goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar are automatically protected and will not occupy a spot on City’s protected list. 

Orlando City has protected the following players: 

Tesho Akindele

Carlos Ascues

Josué Colmán

Dom Dwyer

Mohamed El-Munir

Adam Grinwis

Chris Mueller

Shane O'Neill

Oriol Rosell

Amro Tarek

Yoshimar Yotún 

The following players will be unprotected in the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft: 

RJ Allen

Pierre Da Silva

Cristian Higuita

Will Johnson

Sacha Kljestan

Stefano Pinho

Dillon Powers

Lamine Sané 

For full 2018 MLS Expansion Draft rules, please click here.

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