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Sporting KC unveils list of protected players for 2019 MLS Expansion Draft

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 MLSsoccer.com 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.

YEAR
POS
PLAYER
TEAM
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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