The expansion draft is right around the corner. Steven Goff stated in his Soccer Insider blog that the draft would be held a week from today, the 21st. He’s also posts that the rules will likely be the same as last years expansion draft for Toronto FC.
- Current teams cannot lose more than one player.
- Teams can protect 11 of 28 roster players.
- Each team cannot leave more than one senior international player unprotected.
- Generation Adidas players are safe from selection and do not need be among the 11 protected.
So who are the Kansas City Wizards going to protect? I have my own opinions on which players we will protect, but below is the list of players that I think the team will be protecting.
First, the Wizards currently have 2 Generation Adidas players. So unless both Ryan Pore and Will John are graduated from the program, both will be automatically protected. Of the two, Pore is the more likely to be graduated.
So here’s the 11 guys that I think that the Wizards will protect in the expansion draft.
At least that’s my guess at the 11 players, although I could see a change or two made. I could see Zavagnin, Marinelli or Johnson being dropped for a younger player like Aaron Hohlbein.
If that’s the 11 players, that would leave the following players available to be picked in the expansion draft.
Jose Burciaga Jr.
If that happens to be the list, the most appealing player on that list of available players, is Burciaga. He’s still relatively young, as well as being experienced. Burciaga also seems to be out of favor with the team, having only played garbage minutes after 2 errors cost the Wizards two goals in LA. If not Burciaga, then I could see San Jose taking someone like Hohlbein, who started 4 games for the Wizards this past season