The date for the MLS Expansion Draft has been announced, and Wednesday, November 25 will be the date.  On that day, the first 10 members of the Philadelphia Union will be selected, as 10 MLS players will be moving to the City of Brotherly Love for Thanksgiving.  The rules for the draft are after the jump, but RBR would like to hear from you guys on who you would protect if you were running the team.  Share your thoughts in the comments section.

2009 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 2009, 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.  It 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 2009 season and Home Grown Players, will be part of the expansion draft.
  • Generation adidas players (who have not been graduated at the end of the 2009 season) and Home Grown players are automatically protected (teams do not have to use a protected slot on them)If Philadelphia selects a Developmental Player it must offer him a Senior Roster position and he must be on Philadelphia’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 US-based teams, any non-domestic US player would count as an International and for Toronto FC, any non-domestic US 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

  • Philadelphia 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, Philadelphia will have priority over players who played professionally in the USL First or Second Division in 2009, 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.

9 Responses to “EXPANSION DRAFT SET FOR NOV. 25”

  1. lakaix15 Says:

    dude, fix the intirior web cam lol

    and, we better save our best 11, no one older then 30 should be saved, except JPA

  2. Dannyc58 Says:

    Will Jeremy Hall graduate as a GA prior to the expansion draft?

  3. emilio Says:

    what do u mean he doesnt have to be saved?

    Protect the following


  4. emilio Says:

    So other teams cant select him? If he can be selected obviously they will protect him, so what is it your saying, if not protected he can be selected correct?

  5. lou Says:

    I would protect


    I think that’s everyone.

  6. Tim F. Says:

    Assuming Hall maintains his GA status, I would protect:

    1. Angel
    2. Borman
    3. Boyens
    4. Coundoul
    5. Goldthwaite
    6. Johnson
    7. Kandji
    8. Oebster (unless he’s going back)
    9. Petke (unless he retires)
    10. Richards
    11. Stammler

    If Ernest is not coming back, then the team would protect Walter Garcia if they have to protect three Senior Internationals. If they do not have to protect three SI, then either Danny Cepero, Sinisa Ubiparapovic or Luke Sassano would also be protected.

  7. Tim F. Says:

    Celades retired so should have no need to protect Garica.

  8. Mike from linden Says:

    Red Bulls that should be saved:

    Juan Pablo Angel
    Macoumba Kandji
    Mike Petke
    Seth Stammler
    Kevin Goldthwaite
    Nick Zimmerman
    Jeremy Hall
    Carlos Mendes
    Matthew Mbuta
    Bouna Coundoul
    Danny Cepero

  9. emilio Says:

    I forgot Richards I would protect him as well.

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