(San Jose, CA)- The San Jose Earthquakes have announced their protection list for the upcoming MLS Expansion Draft.
San Jose Earthquakes Protection List for Expansion Draft Announced
Due to the entry of two new teams for the 2017 season, the league will go through its typical expansion draft. It has changed since the last time though, where each team could select an entire eleven man roster. Now, each team can only select five players. Once a player has been selected, no one else from that team can be selected.
Each team is allowed to protect 11 players, and there is some minor qualifications for international players protected as well. This is the list of players that San Jose Earthquakes have protected: David Bingham, Victor Bernardez, Andres Imperiale, Kofi Sarkodie, Fatai Alashe, Cordell Cato, Darwin Ceren, Simon Dawkins, Anibal Godoy, Shea Salinas, Chris Wondolowski. Andrew Tarbell and Tommy Thompson are automatically protected via their exemptions due to Generation Adidas and Home Grown Players.
That would leave these players still available for selection: Bryan Meredith, Kip Colvey, Clarence Goodson, Shaun Francis, Jordan Stewart, Marvelle Wynne, Leandro Barrera, Marc Pelosi, Alberto Quintero, Matheus Silva, Quincy Amarikwa, Chad Barrett, Henok Goitom, Steven Lenhart, Mark Sherrod, and Innocent.
The real surprise here is not protecting Quincy Amarikwa at all. Quincy was a revelation when he came to the Earthquakes in a trade last season. His 2016 season produced a Goal of the Season candidate, followed by injuries and putrid finishing. While he was never really healthy, I still thought the Earthquakes would keep him around due to his positive attitude and work ethic. But we’ll see if he gets selected. Really, he’s the only Earthquakes that a team like Minnesota or Atlanta would be interested in.
There may not be much interest in any of these unprotected players, but we might be surprised. Having a good few MLS veterans is key for expansion teams navigating their first season in the league. And with former Earthquakes coach, Mark Watson on the coaching staff for Minnesota United, he just might take some interest in players he used to coach. However, there really aren’t many left from his tenure anyways.