MLS Expansion Draft dates confirmed for NYCFC

New York City FC has six players — including two DPs — on their burgeoning roster.

On December 10th, they will have some added company.

The Orlando Sentinel reports both general manager Paul McDonough and coach Adrian Heath confirmed the December date for the league’s expansion draft.  Orlando City SC and NYCFC will be the lone participants as each begins the process of putting together an MLS side.

As is customary, MLS teams will submit a list of protected players at seasons end (this year, that date is set at December 8th at 2 p.m).  The right to the first pick will be decided on September 24th via coin toss when both OCSC and NYCFC officials meet in New York.

Currently, NYCFC boast world stars David Villa and Frank Lampard, along with MLS stalwarts Josh Saunders, Jeb Brovsky, Andrew Jacobson and Kwame Watson-Siriboe.  Not to be outdone, Orlando will feature the world-renown Kaka in their midfield and have retained the services of Darwin Ceren, Kevin Molina, Adama Mbengue, Luke Boden Rafael Ramos, Tyler Turner, Tommy Reading and Estrela from their USL Pro side.

Earlier this year, NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis expressed his desire to build his new MLS side through the expansion draft and the ensuing January MLS SuperDraft.  It would be a clear departure from the route taken by other expansion clubs in rent years whom have used both mechanisms to bolster their trade options rather than build a competitive side.

NYCFC are still in possession of one final DP slot which they hope to fill for the new season.


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