FC Dallas Announced List of Player Available for MLS Expansion Draft
FRISCO, Texas (Monday, Nov. 24, 2008) - FC Dallas today announced the list of players that will be available for selection in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft. Seattle Sounders FC will enter Major League Soccer as the League's 15th team for the 2009 season. The 10-round MLS Expansion Draft will take place on Wednesday, November 26 at 12 p.m. CT.
All MLS teams were required to submit a list of 11 players that will be protected from the Expansion Draft by 3 p.m. ET today, Nov. 24. Players who are members of the League's Generation adidas Development program are automatically protected and cannot be exposed. Dallas has five Generation adidas players on its 27-man roster: Josh Lambo, Brek Shea, Eric Avila, Bruno Guarda, and Anthony Wallace. Blake Wagner graduated from the program following the 2008 season.
The 11 FC Dallas protected players:
Goalkeeper: Dario Sala
Defenders: Drew Moor, Adrian Serioux, Blake Wagner
Midfielders: Andre Rocha, Dax McCarty, Pablo Ricchetti, Marcelo Saragosa.
Forwards: Kenny Cooper, Jeff Cunningham, Dominic Oduro
Seattle may select a maximum of one player from each of the 14 MLS team's unprotected player list during the 10-round draft (four teams will not have a player selected). The following 11 FCD players are available for selection:
Goalkeeper: Ray Burse
Defenders: Aaron Pitchkolan, Duilio Davino, Andrew Daniels, Michael Dello-Russo, David Wagenfuhr.
Midfielders: Victor Sikora, Spencer Wadsworth, Chase Wileman.
Forwards: Jamie Watson, Jeff Rowland.
Teams could make available a number of international players equal to their total number of international players minus three, provided that if a team has three or less international players it could make available not more than one. Dallas has eight international players (Ricchetti, Rocha, Saragosa, Guarda, Serioux, Davino, Oduro, and Sikora), thus was required to project at least three.
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