Union reveal protected list for 2011 Expansion Draft

Montreal Impact have option of choosing one of 12 Union players

Chester, Pa. (November 21, 2011) – Philadelphia Union revealed today the list of 11 players who will be protected from selection during the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday, November 23. Additionally, Zach Pfeffer, Zac MacMath, Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo will be unavailable for selection, as Homegrown and Generation adidas players cannot be drafted. Major League Soccer has graduated Danny Mwanga to Senior status beginning in 2012, obligating the Union to protect the young forward in order to guarantee he remains on the club's roster.

With a total of fifteen players exempt from selection (11 protected, one Homegrown and three Generation adidas), only 12 members of the Union will be available when the expansion Montreal Impact continue to fill up their roster. Montreal will choose 11 players from the unprotected lists of the existing 18 teams in the league. When a player is chosen from any given team, that team is removed from the draft and cannot lose a second player.

Consisting of one goalkeeper, four defenders, five midfielders and two forwards, Philadelphia’s protected list includes goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, defenders Danny Califf, Gabriel Farfan, Carlos Valdes and Sheanon Williams, midfielders Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Keon Daniel and Roger Torres, as well as forward Sebastien Le Toux and Mwanga.

A complete breakdown of protected, Generation adidas, Homegrown, and unprotected players can be found below:

Protected:

1.         Califf, Danny (DF)
2.         Carroll, Brian (MF)
3.         Farfan, Gabriel (DF)
4.         Farfan, Michael (MF)
5.         Le Toux, Sebastien (FW)
6.         Daniel, Keon (MF)        
7.         Mondragon, Faryd (GK)
8.         Mwanga, Danny (FW)
9.         Torres, Roger (MF)
10.       Valdes, Carlos (DF)
11.       Williams, Sheanon (DF)

Generation adidas (exempt from selection):

1.         MacMath, Zac (GK)
2.         McInerney, Jack (FW)
3.         Okugo, Amobi (MF)

Homegrown (exempt from selection):

1.         Zach Pfeffer

Unprotected:

1.         Adu, Freddy (MF)
2.         Gonzalez, Juan Diego (DF)
3.         Harrison, Chase (GK)
4.         Holder, Thorne (GK)
5.         Houapeu, Levi (FW)
6.         Langley, Morgan (MF)
7.         Miglioranzi, Stefani (MF)
8.         Nakazawa, Kyle (MF)
9.         Paunovic, Veljko (FW)
10.       Richter, Ryan (FW)
11.       Tait, Joe (DF)
12.       Justin Mapp (MF)

For a complete list of protected and protected players league-wide, CLICK HERE