Veteran goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was the first player selected in the MLS Expansion draft, going to Orlando City.
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By The SI Staff
December 10, 2014

2015 MLS expansion teams New York City FC and Orlando City SC took big steps toward building their inaugural rosters Wednesday, with each selecting 10 players in the league's expansion draft. 

The likes of Designated Players Tim Cahill, Eddie Johnson, Claudio Bieler and Rais M'Bolhi and goalkeeper Zac MacMath were available for selection, but weren't chosen. NYCFC manager Jason Kreis was able to get two of his former players from Real Salt Lake, while both sides opted to blend young players with upside with veterans.

It's important to remember that just because a player was selected by Orlando or New York doesn't mean he will wind up there. For example, clubs can use expansion draft pieces in future deals, and others just might not make the cut when it comes to the start of the season. 

Here's how the draft unfolded (and here's our mock draft for comparison's sake):


Orlando City - Donovan Ricketts, GK, Portland Timbers (Portland protects Jorge Villafana)

New York City FC - Ned Grabavoy, M, Real Salt Lake (RSL protects Carlos Salcedo)


Orlando City - Tony Cascio, M, Colorado Rapids (Colorado protects Marc Burch)

New York City FC - Patrick Mullins, F, New England Revolution (NE protects Steve Neumann)


Orlando City - Jalil Anibaba, D, Seattle Sounders (Seattle protects Zach Scott)  The Kansas City Star reports Anibaba has been dealt to Sporting KC as part of the Aurelien Collin trade.

New York City FC - Jason Hernandez, D, San Jose Earthquakes (San Jose protects Ty Harden)


Orlando City - Pedro Ribeiro, F, Philadelphia Union (Philadelphia protects Michael Lahoud)

New York City FC - Daniel Lovitz, M, Toronto FC (Toronto protects Mark Bloom)


Orlando City - Lewis Neal, M, D.C. United (D.C. protects Davy Arnaud)

New York City FC - Tony Taylor, F, New England Revolution (Rest of the Revolution's unprotected players are off limits)


Orlando City - Jairo Arrieta, F, Columbus Crew (Columbus protects Ben Speas)

New York City FC - Mehdi Ballouchy, M, Vancouver Whitecaps (Vancouver protects Nicolas Mezquida)


Orlando City - Heath Pearce, D, Montreal Impact (Montreal protects Donny Toia)

New York City FC - George John, D, FC Dallas (FCD protects Stephen Keel)


Orlando City - Danny Mwanga, F, Colorado Rapids (Rest of the Rapids' unprotected players are off limits)

New York City FC - Tommy McNamara, M, D.C. United (Rest of D.C. United's unprotected players off limits)


Orlando City - Mark Sherrod, F, Houston Dynamo (Houston protects Joe Wills)

New York City FC - Sal Zizzo, M, Sporting Kansas City (Sporting KC protects Jacob Peterson)

10th ROUND

Orlando City - Eric Gehrig, D, Columbus Crew (Rest of the Rapids' unprotected players are off limits)

New York City FC - Chris Wingert, D, Real Salt Lake (end of the draft)

MLS Expansion Draft Results
Orlando City SC New York City FC
Donovan Ricketts Ned Grabavoy
Tony Cascio Patrick Mullins
Jalil Anibaba Jason Hernandez
Pedro Ribeiro Daniel Lovitz
Lewis Neal Tony Taylor
Jairo Arrieta Mehdi Ballouchy
Heath Pearce George John
Danny Mwanga Tommy McNamara
Mark Sherrod Sal Zizzo
Eric Gehrig Chris Wingert


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