Two of Major League Soccer’s newest teams started the framework for its roster, as expansion clubs New York City FC and Orlando City SC took part in Wednesday’s Expansion Draft.
As part of the 10-round draft, the two clubs selected from an unprotected list of players from the League’s 19 other teams. With its fourth round pick, Orlando City selected Pedro Ribeiro, retaining his rights ahead of the 2015 season.
Ribeiro, drafted by the Union in the first round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, appeared in nine matches for the Union with three starts. Ribeiro, who also has local roots during his time with the Union’s developmental affiliate in Reading, spent time during the 2014 season with the Harrisburg City Islanders, the club's developmental affiliate in USL-PRO.
“We thank Pedro for his time here in Philadelphia and wish him the best as he continues his career in Orlando,” said Union technical director Chris Albright.
The move brings allocation money in addition to freeing up notable cap space as the Union continually look to bolster the roster during this offseason.
In other notable expansion news, Orlando City also selected former Union first round pick Danny Mwanga from Colorado. Mwanga, who was sent on loan by the Rapids to the NASL’s New York Cosmos earlier this year gets his fresh start in Orlando.
Other notable names selected in this Expansion Draft were:
- New England forward Patrick Mullins (New York City FC)
- Sporting Kansas City midfielder Sal Zizzo (New York City FC)
- Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts (Orlando City SC)
- Columbus forward Jairo Arrieta (Orlando City SC)
- Montreal defender Heath Pearce (Orlando City SC)
For the complete list or to listen in to the archive webcast of Wednesday’s Expansion Draft, click here.
Contact Union digital editor Kerith Gabriel at firstname.lastname@example.org