Tuesday December 9th, 2014

Major League Soccer's two 2015 expansion teams now have a pool of available players to choose from.

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In advance of Wednesday's expansion draft, each existing team in MLS has submitted its list of 11 "protected" players exempt from the expansion draft. Those unprotected by their clubs will be available for selection by either New York City FC or Orlando City SC in the 20-round expansion draft, in which each club will have 10 alternating picks.

Among the notable names left available: D.C. United striker Eddie Johnson; the New York Red Bulls' Tim Cahill and Peguy Luyindula; Real Salt Lake's Ned Grabavoy and Chris Wingert; former league MVP and Toronto FC's Dwayne De Rosario; the New England Revolution's Patrick Mullins, and Philadelphia Union goalkeepers Zac MacMath and Rais M'Bolhi.

The Revolution caused a stir by leaving 18-year-old forward Diego Fagundez off its protected list. But Revolution president Brian Bilello tweeted on Monday that the team had agreed to a trade with the expansion franchises that will result in Fagundez not being selected in the expansion draft.

MLS released the full list of protected and unprotected players here.  

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