Union name list of protected players in advance of Austin FC selections
CHESTER, Pa. (December 14, 2020) – Philadelphia Union today announced their protected list for the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft. Scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. ET, the Expansion Draft gives Austin FC the opportunity to add five players to their roster, with only a single player able to be drafted from any one club.
Protected from selection are the following players: Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake, Cory Burke, Jack Elliott, Raymon Gaddis, Jakob Glesnes, Jose Martinez, Olivier Mbaizo, Jamiro Monteiro, Kacper Przybylko, Sergio Santos, and Kai Wagner.
Additionally, the following Union players are automatically protected as Homegrown Players on a club’s Supplemental or Reserve roster: Paxten Aaronson, Brandan Craig, Jack de Vries, Anthony Fontana, Matt Freese, Nathan Harriel, Jack McGlynn, Mark McKenzie, Matt Real, Quinn Sullivan, and Cole Turner.
After having players selected in 2019, the following clubs are exempt from having any players chosen: New York City FC, FC Cincinnati, Los Angeles Football Club, Columbus Crew SC, Seattle Sounders FC, Minnesota United FC, Portland Timbers, New England Revolution, Atlanta United, and Sporting Kansas City.
The remaining 16 MLS clubs that competed during the 2020 season can protect 12 players between their Senior, Supplemental and Reserve Roster. If a player’s contract expires at the end of 2020, he will still be considered part of the club’s Roster. For a club that has a player claimed from their unprotected roster, that team will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money for the selection.
For additional information about 2020 MLS Expansion Draft Rules and Procedures, please click here.