GOALKEEPERS. Atlanta United is expected to pursue Middlesbrough's Brad Guzan as its starting goalkeeper, but Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) and
Clint Irwin (Toronto FC) are available for Minnesota United. Seitz helped FCD win the Supporters' Shield and Open Cup while Irwin led TFC to the Eastern Conference title.
DEFENDERS. Lots of quality MLS defenders were made available, including Steven Beitashour, who started for runner-up Toronto FC, Marc Burch and Jared Watts from the Colorado Rapids and Zach Loyd from FC Dallas. New York Red Bulls defenders Chris Duvall and Damien Perrinelle have battled injuries. Other defenders worth looking at in the Eastern Conference are the Philadelphia Union's Maurice Edu and D.C. United's Kofi Opare.
MIDFIELDERS. Harry Shipp didn't get a lot of playing time after being traded from Chicago to Montreal, but he remains one of MLS's most promising young American attacking midfielders. Defensive midfielders include the LA Galaxy's Baggio Husidic and Houston's Collen Warner.
OVERVIEW. The basic rules are that the 20 current MLS clubs can protect 11 players from their 2016 roster in addition to Generation adidas players (who did not graduate at the end of the 2016 season) and Homegrown Players (from their off-budget roster), who are automatically protected.
But there are all kinds of Expansion Draft rules relating to players' contract status -- whether they are on the senior or off-budget roster rule, whether they are Designated Players with a no-trade clause or whether they are free agents or have had their options declined or contracts expire -- and classification (domestic or international status).
MLS Expansion Draft: Rules
Expansion Draft: Unprotected Players
*Sebastian Le Toux
Sean St. Ledger
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
NEW YORK CITY
NY RED BULLS
Earl Edwards Jr.
REAL SALT LAKE
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Marcel De Jong
*Eligible for Free Agency.
The coaches will not have an easy time chosing these players most choices may simply come down to age and size. In any sport you really want to build around one or two players so it will be interested how the lower tier teams choses..
Expansion teams will only further water down the poor quality of soccer. There is not enough talent or any to make a good team unless you bring in 3 good players from abroad and I definitely not those whose age are near 40 years...
Which of these players are young enough and can handle pressure; everything else is secondary.