Coach Bob Bradley and general manager John Thorrington had hit every position in naming five players from the lists of unprotected players submitted by the 22 MLS teams, which were allowed to protect 11 players each. Those playing on Homegrown contracts and Generation Adidas deals were protected automatically. In order -- not that it matters – LAFC selected:
Tyler Miller GK
Latif Blessing MF Sporting Kansas City (Ghana)
Marco Urena F San Jose (Costa Rica)
Jukka Raitala D Columbus (Finland)
Raheem Edwards D Toronto FC (Canada)
Both Raitala and Edwards were quickly packaged in a trade and whisked off to Montreal, where new head coach Remy Garde will have them in his plans instead of veteran defender Ciman, the 2015 MLS Defender of the Year. Raitala and Edwards have played left back, though in Toronto's 3-5-2 formation Edwards moved up field to a wingback role that better suited his attacking prowess.
Ciman, 32, has played 85 games since joining Montreal in January, 2015. He was an MLS Best XI selection in his first season as well as Defender of the Year. The Belgian international has scored two goals and logged three assists in league play, and has played every minute of Montreal's eight playoff games since his arrival.
With the Expansion Draft completed, the period by which MLS Free Agents can solicit offers has begun and other mechanisms for player movement start to follow. The MLS Waiver Draft will be held Wednesday and Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft is scheduled for Friday.