Before the first game and scant hours after making their 5 selections in the 2018 MLS Expansion draft, FCC has already paid out in excess of $1,000,000 in Allocation Money. Just after the draft, they dropped a quarter mil. on ATL UTD for Greg Garza, now another $825,000 goes to the Whitecaps for Kendall Watson along with an international spot. This establishes a new record in money for a single defender.read
Only the Chicago Fire put out a list to press, from MLS, here is a full and complete list.The 5 teams that are not exposed as they lost a player last year in the draft to LAFC are, the Crew, Earthquakes, Sounders, SKC & Toronto. Other than Generation adidas players and homegrown each team is able to protect 11 players. Designated players are not automatically protected however if one has a no trade clause contract, he then must be protected. No team may lose more than one player, there will be 5 rounds, 3 minutes per selection, no timeouts, no trades during draft.read
Just a few hours away, 1p.m. CST, the draft will be held, allowing FC Cincinnati to get up to 5 players as they begin MLS play in the spring.
Protected players: Brandt Bronico, Diego Campos, Michael de Leeuw, Raheem Edwards, Fabian Herbers, Johan Kappelhof, Aleksandar Katai, Dax McCarty, Nemanja Nikolic Matt Polster & Bastian Schweinsteiger
Automatically protected: Mo Adams-Generation adidas & 3 Home Grown Players:Drew Comner, Grant Lillard, & Djordje Mihailovicread
As per the rules of the league, NYCFC has put out their roster moves from this past season, and they include:
Options were picked up for - Daniel Bedoya, Jeff Caldwell, Sebastian Ibeagha & Brad Stover, Valetin Castellanos had the buyout from Club Atletico Torque done, he is now with NYCFC.
Options declined- Eloi Amagat, Kwame Awuah, Maxime Chanot, Tommy McNamara, Ebenezer Ofori, Andre Rawls, & Rodney Wallace.
Out of contract-Yangel Herrera & Saad Abdul-Salaam as of Dec. 31, Saad was offered a bona fide offer he retain his right of first refusal.read
It had been rumored throughtout the season and those trumours increased in the offseason for NYCFC, but #7 is now gone effective the end of 2018. He was not always the best player in NY, that nod must go to Raul, was the best player in the MLS, yes. A top player on a world scale, the probverbial big fish in a small pond, he was here. Each and every one of my dealing with him, class pure class. Little ones at appearances, opponents, teammates, always top notch.read