2011 Expansion Draft List: Philadelphia Union

2011 Expansion Draft List: Philadelphia Union

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 4, 2011
  • 2011 Expansion Draft, Features

Philadelphia has a strong foundation for 2012, will it get hit by the expansion draft? (Getty Images)

Entering the 2011 season, I felt the Philadelphia Union were a team that could surprise a few folks and be a dark horse pick to make the playoffs. Turns out they made the playoffs but couldn’t get any further than the semifinal round after their loss to the Houston Dynamo last night.

Philly has plenty of strong building blocks for 2012 but could they end up losing someone important? We’ll have to wait and see.

To recap, I’ve already looked at the Chicago FireChivas USA, the Colorado Rapids, the Columbus CrewD.C. UnitedFC Dallas, the New England Revolution, the Portland Timbers, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Seattle Sounders FCToronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Keep in mind the rules of the expansion draft, to read more about them click here.

Protected List: 

1. Sebastien Le Toux – One of those ‘duh’ players for these lists.

2. Freddy Adu – He’ll be a major part of their club in 2012.

3. Veljko Paunovic – International player, one that they’ll have to protect.

4. Gabriel Farfan – He and his brother are safe.

5. Michael Farfan – See the note above.

6. Carlos Valdes – One of the better center backs in the league, one of the reasons why Philly was as good as they were this season.

7. Roger Torres – Quality young player, still loads of potential.

8. Brian Carroll – Underrated defensive midfielder. Would be a massive gamble to let him go this easily.

9. Kyle Nakazawa – Another young player that still has potential to grow in this league.

10. Sheanon Williams – A young, talented and cheap defender.

11. Danny Mwanga – Just like with most on this list, he’s young and talented. Simple as that.

Home Grown/Generation adidas Players:

  • Zac MacMath
  • Jack McInerney
  • Zach Pfeffer
  • Amobi Okugo

Unprotected List:

  • Faryd Mondragon
  • Joe Tait
  • Juan Diego Gonzalez
  • Stefani Miglioranzi
  • Levi Houapeu
  • Danny Califf
  • Justin Mapp
  • Ryan Richter
  • Thorne Holder
  • Morgan Langley
  • Chase Harrison
  • Keon Daniel


Philly was a little tricky, mainly because of their young core. I think for the most part though their list is fairly straight forward. Keep the young core that you know you need for 2012 – build on that core – and hope that the rest of the roster isn’t worth getting picked apart by the expansion draft.

  • Jmcurto

    I would be surprised if Naka is protected. It seemed the Union had more than 6 internationals so I thought they would need to protect 4 but Im not sure of the rules, if that is the case, toss Mondi onto the list. 

  • Ned Smitty

    Just so you know – I love speculating on these lists.  I assume you left Califf available because of his age. Or else it’s because he’s a thug, I wouldn’t want him on my team either.  He is the sort of player that gives this league a bad name.  The type that doesn’t have the talent to beat someone so they try to hurt them instead.  There is way too much of that in MLS and I HOPE the league can do something to stop the injuries.  I don’t remember Califf ending anyone’s season, but he has thrown some terrible elbows. 

    • AD22

      Someone clearly didn’t watch many – if any – Union games this season … Califf a thug?  More like half of one of the BEST central defensive pairings in the league.  But you know what they say about opinions …

  • You’ve basically protected 5 of the same kind of player (mainly attacking central midfielders).  I don’t see that happening.  By default, they have the depth to cover losing one of those. Mapp, Califf and Mondragon are all more important than Nakazawa or (on loan) Torres.

  • Mondradon unprotected?!! Really?

  • My guess here is that Mapp, Califf or maybe Houapeu are worth the pick for Montreal. Mapp especially has decent talent, can always start and is still fairly young. I think Philly will protect Mapp over Nakazaw, but my comments still remain true. Impact could go for Nakazawa for the same reasons they would pick Mapp.

  • glav

    Where’s Keon? Not only do you not protect him, he’s not even on the unprotected list.