New York Red Bulls Announce Protected Players Ahead of 2017 Expansion Draft

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HARRISON, NEW JERSEY- APRIL 15: Aurelien Collin #78 of New York Red Bulls heads clear while challenged by Jose Guillermo Ortiz #9 of D.C. United during the New York Red Bulls Vs D.C. United MLS regular season match at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey on April 15, 2017 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Harrison, NJ (December 10, 2017) – The Major League Soccer world is preparing for another expansion draft. This Tuesday, December 12 at 2 pm ET MLS newbies Los Angeles FC will have a chance to pick five players from existing MLS teams (no more than one per team) to build up their brand new roster. All existing teams may only protect 11 players on their roster, and Homegrown players are automatically protected. The New York Red Bulls have today released their decisions ahead of Tuesday’s draft.

New York Red Bulls Announce Protected Players Ahead of 2017 Expansion Draft

Protected players:

Goalkeepers: Ryan Meara, Luis Robles

Defenders: Fidel Escobar, Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Michael Amir Murillo

Midfielders: Felipe, Sacha Kljestan, Danny Royer

Forwards: Bradley Wright-Phillips, Gonzalo Veron*

Homegrown players (automatically protected):

Goalkeepers: Evan Louro

Defenders: None

Midfielders: Tyler Adams, Sean Davis, Alex Muyl, Derrick Etienne Jr., Arun Basuljevic*

Forwards: Brandon Allen*

*These players (Veron, Basuljevic, and Allen) are all protected for the expansion draft, but did not have their contract options exercised for 2018. The club therefore only protects the rights to the players. The club’s Sporting Director Denis Hamlett has stated that RBNY is in talks to keep Veron in the squad next season.

Unprotected players available for selection by LAFC:

Goalkeepers: None

Defenders: Gideon Baah, Aurelien Collin, Connor Lade, Hassan Ndam, Sal Zizzo

Midfielders: Muhamed Keita, Zeiko Lewis, Mike Grella, Dilly Duka, Dan Metzger, Vincent Bezecourt

Forwards: Anatole Abang

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