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Sporting Unveils List of Protected Players for Expansion Draft

November 16, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Sporting Kansas City News Release

Major League Soccer announced today that Sporting Kansas City has protected the following 12 players ahead of the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft on Tuesday.

Goalkeepers (2): Tim Melia, Adrian Zendejas

Defenders (4): Matt Besler, Luis Martins, Graham Smith, Graham Zusi

Midfielders (3): Felipe Gutierrez, Roger Espinoza, Ilie Sanchez

Forwards (3): Gerso Fernandes, Erik Hurtado, Johnny Russell

Additionally, Gianluca Busio, Cameron Duke, Tyler Freeman, Felipe Hernandez, Wan Kuzain, Jaylin Lindsey and Daniel Salloi are automatically protected as Homegrown Players.

The following 10 Sporting players will be eligible for selection in the MLS Expansion Draft:

Goalkeepers (1): Eric Dick

Defenders (5): Botond Barath, Andreu Fontas, Nico Hasler, Seth Sinovic, Rodney Wallace

Midfielders (3): Benny Feilhaber, Jimmy Medranda, Gedion Zelalem

Forwards (1): Krisztian Nemeth

The MLS Expansion Draft will stream live on at 4:30 p.m. CT Tuesday. Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC will add up to five players to their rosters in preparation for their inaugural 2020 campaigns. Per MLS Expansion Draft rules , only a single player can be drafted from any one club. Once one player has been claimed from a club's unprotected roster, that club is removed from the Expansion Draft and may not lose any further players.

The following five teams, which had players selected by FC Cincinnati during the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft, are exempt from the 2019 Expansion Draft: D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls.

Ten Sporting players have been taken in previous MLS expansion drafts.


1997 MID Diego Gutierrez Chicago Fire

2004 MID Francisco Gomez Chivas USA

2004 FWD Matt Taylor Chivas USA

2006 GK William Hesmer Toronto FC

2008 DEF Tyson Wahl Seattle Sounders FC

2010 DEF Jonathan Leathers Vancouver Whitecaps FC

2011 DEF Seth Sinovic Montreal Impact

2014 MID Sal Zizzo New York City FC

2016 GK Alec Kann Atlanta United FC

2017 FWD Latif Blessing LAFC

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