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Timbers release protected player list ahead of 2018 MLS Expansion Draft

Ahead of Tuesday's 2018 MLS Expansion Draft (11am PT, MLSsoccer.com), the Portland Timbers protected the following players:

GK :: Jeff Attinella
M/F :: Sebastían Blanco
M :: Diego Chara
F :: Jeremy Ebobisse
D :: Marco Farfan (Homegrown Player)
M :: David Guzmán
F :: Foster Langsdorf (Homegrown Player)
D :: Larrys Mabiala
F :: Lucas Melano
M :: Cristhian Paredes
M :: Andy Polo
M :: Diego Valeri
D :: Jorge Villafaña
M :: Eryk Williamson (Homegrown Player)

2018 MLS Expansion Draft process:

FC Cincinnati may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool. Only a single player can be drafted from any one club.

  • Five rounds - FC Cincinnati can claim a single player from any one club
  • Three minutes for each selection
  • No timeouts
  • No trades permitted during draft

Players and teams exempt from the draft:

  • The five teams that had players selected by the LAFC in the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft exempt from the 2018 Expansion Draft:
    • Columbus Crew SC
    • San Jose Earthquakes
    • Seattle Sounders FC
    • Sporting Kansas City
    • Toronto FC
  • Players automatically exempted from the 2018 Expansion Draft:
    • Generation adidas players (who did not graduate at the end of the 2018 season)
    • Homegrown Players on a club’s off-budget roster

DESIGNATED PLAYERS are not automatically protected. If a Designated Player has a no trade clause in his contract, then the club must protect him in the Expansion Draft.

For a full list of available players, visit MLSsoccer.com.

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