After publishing this page, RSL Communications contacted Real Nation and corrected its previous statement that Saborio would not need to be protected. Saborio did need protection and was afforded it in the list put out today.
Major League Soccer will hold an expansion draft for the Montreal Impact next week. As in previous seasons, Salt Lake will be allowed to protect 11 players from being taken. The contract status of Alvaro Saborio (Designated Player) and Luis Gil (Generation Adidas) makes each ineligible to be taken.
Thus Salt Lake can choose 11 other players to protect. Real Nation polled its contributors and asked which 11 players should be protected. Here are the results:
We all agreed that these nine players should be protected:
- Nick Rimando
- Chris Wingert
- Nat Borchers
- Jamison Olave
- Tony Beltran
- Will Johnson
- Kyle Beckerman
- Javier Morales
- Fabian Espindola
These players received some support but it was not unanimous:
- Ned Grabavoy
- Paulo Jr.
- Collen Warner
- Andy Williams
- Chris Schuler
- Robbie Russell
Assuming the nine players mentioned above are protected, Salt Lake will have two more selections. We suspect that they will go to two of these players.
The protected list becomes public Monday in advance of next Wednesday’s draft. We’ll see who Garth Lagerwey and Jason Kreis choose. What do you think?
Leave your thoughts in the comments section.