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:
The following players will be unprotected in the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft:
Pierre Da Silva
For full 2018 MLS Expansion Draft rules, please click here.