Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Union leave Adu unprotected

Chester, Pa. – The Philadelphia Union have revealed their list of 12 players who will be unprotected during the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday, November 23.

The list includes veteran midfielders Freddy Adu, Justin Mapp and Stefani Miglioranzi as well as forward Velljko Paunovic. All will be available when the expansion Montreal Impact continue to fill up their roster. Montreal will choose ten players from the unprotected lists of the existing 18 teams in the league. When a player is chosen from any given team, that team is removed from the draft and cannot lose a second player.

The Union have a total of fifteen players exempt from selection (11 protected, one Homegrown and three Generation adidas). Philadelphia’s protected list includes goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, defenders Danny Califf, Gabriel Farfan, Carlos Valdes and Sheanon Williams, midfielders Brian Carroll, Michael Farfan, Keon Daniel and Roger Torres, as well as forwards Sebastien Le Toux and Danny Mwanga.

Additionally, Zach Pfeffer, Zac MacMath, Jack McInerney and Amobi Okugo will be unavailable for selection, as Homegrown and Generation adidas players cannot be drafted. Major League Soccer graduated Mwanga to Senior status beginning in 2012, obligating the Union to protect the young forward in order to guarantee he remains on the club's roster.

A complete breakdown of protected, Generation adidas, Homegrown, and unprotected players can be found below:

Philadelphia Union’s Protected Players:

1.         Califf, Danny (DF)
2.         Carroll, Brian (MF)
3.         Farfan, Gabriel (DF)
4.         Farfan, Michael (MF)
5.         Le Toux, Sebastien (FW)
6.         Daniel, Keon (MF)
7.         Mondragon, Faryd (GK)
8.         Mwanga, Danny (FW)
9.         Torres, Roger (MF)
10.       Valdes, Carlos (DF)
11.       Williams, Sheanon (DF)

Generation adidas Players (exempted from selection):

1.         MacMath, Zac (GK)
2.         McInerney, Jack (FW)
3.         Okugo, Amobi (MF)

Homegrown Players (exempted from selection):

1.         Zach Pfeffer

Unprotected Players:

1.         Adu, Freddy (MF)
2.         Gonzalez, Juan Diego (DF)
3.         Harrison, Chase (GK)
4.         Holder, Thorne (GK)
5.         Houapeu, Levi (FW)
6.         Langley, Morgan (MF)
7.         Mapp, Justin (MF)
8.         Miglioranzi, Stefani (MF)
9.         Nakazawa, Kyle (MF)
10.       Paunovic, Veljko (FW)
11.       Richter, Ryan (FW)
12.       Tait, Joe (DF)

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