The 2019 MLS Expansion Draft takes place on Tuesday at 5:30 PM ET as Inter Miami and Nasvhille look for available talent that could help them prepare for next year's campaign.
There are 222 players available for selection from each club's unprotected list and both expansion sides can select up to five players. There are clubs exempt from the draft: D.C United, New York Red Bulls, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, as FC Cincinnati selected players from these clubs in last year's draft.
The choices made on Tuesday obviously don't make or break a team's overall identity, but it does give us a good indication of the type of soccer they want to play. Under Gary Smith, who won MLS Cup with Colorado Rapids in 2010, Nashville's identity is perhaps a little clearer, but with Inter Miami, who has no manager yet, there's a lot more to figure out. Sporting director Paul McDonough and his staff have already added Argentina pair Matias Pellegrini (from Estudiantes) and Julian Carranza (from Banfield) and Christian Makoun, an exciting 19-year-old Venezuelan star.
It also added Victor Ulloa from Cincinnati last week, to further strengthen its midfield.
Nasvhille also made some interesting moves, including acquiring Dax McCarty from Chicago and the arrival of an exciting No. 10, German youth star Hany Mukhtar, signed from Brondby as a DP earlier this year. It also has speed and vision in the wide areas with David Accam and Randall Leal. Panama international Anibal Godoy, coming from San Jose Earthquakes, is another experienced player who will add discipline and grit in the middle.
Still, there are plenty of intriguing targets in the expansion draft. From Atlanta United, there are plenty of choices including Florentin Pogba and Brandon Vazquez. The latter is a 21-year-old forward who could give depth in the attacking line. LAFC's Mohamed El-Munir is another player who could be picked up as a strong full-back addition.
The theme for this year's expansion draft, therefore, is probably more about experience and resiliency, so the consensus is that Nashville and Inter Miami will focus more on these qualities as opposed to attacking prowess. And this could be a smart strategy as an expansion club's major priority should be defensive depth.
Here is the full list via MLS:
Columbus Crew SC
Minnesota United FC
New England Revolution
New York City FC
Juan Pablo Torres
Orlando City SC
Alex De John
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
Sporting Kansas City
League Pool GK