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Houston Dynamo Football Club Announce Protected Player List for 2020 MLS Expansion Draft

December 14, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Houston Dynamo News Release

HOUSTON - Houston Dynamo FC has protected 12 players in advance of Tuesday's MLS Expansion Draft. By protecting the players, they cannot be selected by Austin FC, Major League Soccer's 27th club and the third in the Lone Star State. The Expansion Draft is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The full list of protected players is available below in alphabetical order.

Houston Dynamo Football Club Protected Players

FW Mateo Bajamich

MF Darwin Cerén

FW Niko Hansen

DF Sam Junqua

FW Ari Lassiter

DF Adam Lundkvist

GK Marko Mariæ

GK Michael Nelson

FW Darwin Quintero

FW Christian Ramirez

DF Zarek Valentin

MF Matías Vera

Additionally, Dynamo Academy alumni Erik McCue, Marcelo Palomino and Memo Rodriguez are classified as Homegrown Players and are not eligible for selection. Homegrown Players are defined by the draft rules procedures as players age 25 and under on a club's roster at the end of the 2020 MLS Season. The three Dynamo Academy products did not have to be included on the list of protected players for Tuesday's draft.

Austin FC may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool on Tuesday. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club.

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