Expansion Draft News and Notes

Expansion Draft News and Notes

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 15, 2010
  • 2010 Expansion Draft

Just a quick little update on next month’s Expansion Draft. A few notes came across my inbox yesterday evening as well as some other additional notes that Steve Goff put up yesterday on his blog.

In the past teams would have to select 11 players to protect, with at least three being internationals; Generation adidas and homegrown players are protected; and each team would only stand to lose one player. Obviously with two teams coming into the league at the same time the rules will be tweaked a little bit and will resemble the expansion draft that took place with Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA entered the league a few years back.

– The draft will take place three days after MLS Cup on November 24 (day before Turkey Day here in the US) and will have 10 rounds for each team for a total of 20 players being selected.

– No team will lose more than two players.

– When a club loses a player, it may move one unprotected player to the protected list.

– A club can expose a designated player to the expansion draft, unless the player has a no-trade clause in his contract. If the player has a no-trade clause they must protect him.

– Protecting a player does not obligate a team to exercise a contract option; a deal can still be renegotiated.

– If a developmental player is selected, he must be offered a senior roster slot.

– Generation adidas and homegrown players are exempt and do not need to be on the 11-man protected list. (Each fall, MLS reviews GA and homegrown players and decides whether they retain their status for another season, we should have that list of graduated players by the time teams have to submit their expansion draft protected rosters.)

– International player protection is a bit funky, just like Goff’s post its best to just let the league handle the¬†explanation:

Clubs are restricted in the number of international player(s) that they may make available. Clubs may make available a number of international players equal to their total number of international players minus three, provided that if a club has three or fewer international players it may make available not more than one. For purposes of this expansion process, for U.S.-based clubs, any non-domestic U.S. player would count as an international and, for Toronto FC, any non-domestic U.S. player or non-domestic Canadian players would count as an international.

The big note that Goff made at the end is going to add a new element to these expansion drafts over the next couple years. Thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement, free-agent players will have a lot more freedom to move around this off-season making teams protected lists a little different than in the past. As Goff mentions a team in the past would protect a potential “free-agent” for his compensation value, now there is none for a club that doesn’t indeed to re-sign a player.

I have a feeling we’ll see a few guys in that situation where clubs will just have to no protect them and allow them to possibly be selected.

On a side note, I will be starting my team-by-team look for the expansion draft here soon, possibly even next week with the clubs not making the playoffs this season. From there we should have a decent idea of who could be taken in this draft though saying that doesn’t always mean the case as most mock drafts for the expansion draft usually are way off (remember Toronto anyone?).