Expansion Draft: Orlando City announces protected players list

Orlando City revealed its list of protected and unprotected players ahead of Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft between Atlanta United and Minnesota United. 

Here is the following list released from the club on Monday.

Protected players:
GK Joe Bendik
D José Aja – International
D Rafael Ramos
M Cristian Higuita
M Kaká – Designated Player, International
M Kevin Molino
M Antonio Nocerino – International
M Matías Pérez García – International
M Brek Shea
F Cyle Larin
F Carlos Rivas – Designated Player, International

Automatically protected players:
GK Mason Stajduhar – Homegrown
D Conor Donovan – Generation adidas
D Tommy Redding – Homegrown
D Tyler Turner – Homegrown**
M Richie Laryea – Generation adidas, International

Available for selection:
GK Earl Edwards, Jr.
D Kevin Alston**
D Mikey Ambrose
D Luke Boden**
D Seb Hines**
D David Mateos – International
M Servando Carrasco
M Devron García – International
M Tony Rocha
F Júlio Baptista – International**
F Hadji Barry
F Pedro Ribeiro**
F Bryan Róchez – Designated Player, International

Additionally, defender Rafael Ramos, midfielder Cristian Higuita and forward Cyle Larin have received U.S. Green Cards and will no longer count as International players.

**Players whose options were not exercised for next year become available for the Expansion Draft, with the exception of Homegrown and Generation adidas players, who are automatically protected.

Generation adidas/Homegrown players:
Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2016 MLS Season and Homegrown players on a club’s Supplemental/Reserve Roster at the end of the 2016 MLS Season are automatically protected (clubs do not need to use a protected slot on them).

Designated Players:
Designated Players are NOT automatically protected (i.e., clubs must choose whether to protect such players and if such player is not protected, he will be available for selection in the Expansion Draft).

International players:
Clubs are restricted in the number of international player(s) that they may make available. Clubs may make available a number of international players equal to their total number of international players minus three, provided that if a club has three or fewer international players it may not make more than one such player available.


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