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Earthquakes Announce List of Players Available For MLS Expansion Draft

November 24, 2008 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release

SAN JOSE, Calif. The San Jose Earthquakes announced today the list of protected and unprotected players available for the league's 15th team, Seattle Sounders FC, to select on the 2008 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft. The draft will take place Wednesday, November 26 at 10 a.m. PT. Seattle Sounders FC, will begin to take shape following the 10-round draft.

Each of the 14 teams that competed in MLS during the 2008 season were allowed to protect 11 players leaving all others unprotected, and four teams will not have a player taken in the expansion draft. Seattle may not claim more than one player from any given team in MLS,

The Earthquakes protected the following players:

Protected players

Alvarez, Arturo- midfielder

Cannon, Joe - goalkeeper

Cochrane, Ryan - defender

Corrales, Ramiro - midfielder

Garcia, Nick - defender

Hernandez, Jason - defender

Huckerby, Darren - midfielder

Johnson, Ryan - forward

Lima, Francisco - midfielder

Salinas, Shea - midfielder

Sealy, Scott - forward

Below is the list of the Earthquakes unprotected players:

Unprotected players

Arce, Miguel - forward

Ayres, Jay - defender

Cunliffe, John - forward

Denton, Eric - defender

Ghebru, Michael - midfielder/forward

Glinton, Gavin - forward

Grabavoy, Ned - midfielder

Gray, Kelly - defender/midfielder

Gustavson, Michael - goalkeeper

Hatzke, Matt - defender

O'Brien, Ronnie - midfielder

Riley, James - defender

Roberts, Jamil - defender

Smarte, Adam - forward

Somma, Davide - forward

The MLS expansion draft details are listed below:

MLS Expansion Draft Rules

Senior Roster

Teams may protect 11 players between their Senior and their Developmental Roster.

If the Player's contract expires at the end of 2008, he will still be considered part of the team's Senior Roster.

If a team protects a player, it is not obligated to exercise the player's option. The team may renegotiate a new budget number for the player as in previous years.

If a player retires, he will not be a part of the Senior Roster, but his team will lose its right of first refusal to him should he ultimately decide to play.

Developmental Roster

Players on a team's Developmental Roster, other than Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2008 season, may be left unprotected and are eligible may be selected by Seattle in the expansion draft.

Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2008 season are automatically protected (teams do not have to protect them).

If Seattle Sounders FC select a Developmental Player they must offer him a Senior Roster position and he must be on Seattle's Senior Roster as of Roster Compliance Date.

International Players

Teams are restricted in the number of international player(s) that they may make available per the table set forth below.

For purposes of this expansion process, for U.S.-based teams, 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 player would count as an International.

Designated Players

Designated Players do not have to be protected unless the player has a no trade clause in which case he must be protected.

Maximum Player Loss

Once a player has been claimed from a team's non-protected roster, that team is eliminated from the expansion draft and may not lose any further players.

Right to Renegotiate

Seattle will have the right to renegotiate a drafted player's salary (either up or down) without having to place such player on waivers or giving his previous Team a right of first refusal.


On the first day of the Discovery/Allocation Period, Seattle will have priority over players who played professionally in the USL First or Second Division in 2008, subject to another MLS team's right of first refusal.


The expansion draft will be 10 rounds.


Teams may make available a number of international players equal to their total number of international players minus 3, provided that if a team has 3 or less international players it may make available not more than 1.

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