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Raiding the Expansion Draft: Why should the Uniteds have all the fun?

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For the fourth time since joining the league back in 2011, the Portland Timbers are set to experience the MLS Expansion Draft and now, after a month’s wait following the end of the regular season, we know which players the side has left exposed.

Of course, each team only gets one chance to be on the fun end of the expansion draft and with over two hundred players on offer for Minnesota United and Atlanta United, it is hard not to wish that that the Timbers might be able to pluck a player or two for themselves. So, to that end, let’s take a look at some of the players who are available in the draft and make some picks of our own.

First, the list of available players:

Chicago Fire: David Arshakyan, Razvan Cocis, Eric Gehrig, Michael Harrington, Nick LaBrocca, Patrick McLain, Alex Morrell, Michael Stephens, Rodrigo Ramos, Khaly Iyane Thaim

Colorado Rapids: March Burch, Bobby Burling, John Berner, Dennis Castillo, Conor Doyle, Jermaine Jones, Sebastian LeToux, Marco Pappa, Juan Ramirez, Sean St. Ledger, Jared Watts, Mekeil Williams

Columbus Crew: Corey Ashe, Steven Clark, Dilly Duka, Waylon Francis, Marshall Hollingsworth, Cedrick Mabwati, Cristian Martinez, Matthew Pacifici, Mohammed Saied, Rodriguo Saravia, Gaston Sauro, Brad Stuver, Tyson Wahl

D.C. United: Bobby Boswell, Andrew Dykstra, Sean Franklin, Charlie Horton, Jared Jeffrey, Alhaji Kamara, Chris Korb, Luke Mishu, Kofi Opare, Chris Rolfe, Alvaro Saborio, Travis Worra

FC Dallas: Getterson, Colin Bonner, Aubrey David, Atiba Harris, Ryan Herman, Moises Hernandez, Carlos Lizarazo, Zach Loyd, Juan Ortiz, Norberto Paparatto, Timo Pitter, Mauro Rosalez, Carlos Ruiz, Chris Seitz

Houston Dynamo: Yair Arboleda, DeMarcus Beasley, Calle Brown, Keyner Brown, Agustin Garcia Iniquez, Kevin Garcia, David Horst, Kevin Lovejoy, Christian Maidana, Abdoulie Mansally, Raul Rodriguez, Zach Steinberger, Collen Warner, Sheanon Williams

LA Galaxy: Miguel Aguilar, Leonardo Da Silva, Landon Donovan, Rafael Garcia, Steven Gerrard, Alan Gordon, Baggio Husidic, Robbie Keane, Dan Kennedy, Jeff Larentowicz, Ariel Lassiter, Mike Magee, David Romney

Montreal Impact: Kyle Bekker, Patrice Bernier, Amadou Dia, Didier Drogba, Kyle Fisher, Eric Kronberg, Callum Malice, Dominic Oduro, Lucas Ontivero, Michael Salazar, Harry Shipp, Donny Toia

New England Revolution: Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Brad Knighton, Daigo Kobayashi, Jordan McCrary, Steven Neumann, Robert Shuttleworth, Donnie Smith, Matt Turner, JeVaughn Waston, London Woodberry

New York City FC: Connor Brandt, Federico Bravo, Shannon Gomez, Jason Hernandez, Eirik Johansen, Frank Lampard, Diego Martinez, Jefferson Mena, Stiven Mendoza, Andre Rawls, Josh Saunders, Tony Taylor, Ethan White

New York Red Bulls: Anatole Abang, Gideon Baah, Justin Bilyeu, Omer Damari, Chris Duvall, Aaron Long, Karl Ouimette, Damien Perrinelle, Kyle Reynish, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Sal Zizzo, Ronald Zubar

Orlando City: Kevin Alston, Mikey Ambrose, Julio Baptista, Hadji Barry, Luke Boden, Servando Carrasco, Earl Edwards Jr, Devron Garcia, Sebastian Hines, David Mateos, Pedro Ribeiro, Tony Rocha, Bryan Rochez

Philadelphia Union: Tranquillo Barnetta, Brian Carroll, Anderson Conceicao, Charlie Davies, Maurice Edu, Leo Fernandez, Raymon Gaddis, Matt Jones, John McCarthy, Cole Missimo, Walter Restrepo, Ken Tribbett, Taylor Washington

Real Salt Lake: Jeff Attinella, Pedro Baez, Olmes Garcia, Javier Morales, Boyd Okwounu, Jamison Olave, Devon Sandoval, John Stertzer, Emery Welshman, Chris Wingert

San Jose Earthquakes: Quincy Amarikwa, Leandro Barrera, Chad Barrett, Kip Colvey, Innocent Emeghara, Shaun Francis, Henok Goitom, Clarence Goodson, Steven Lenhart, Bryan Meredith, Marc Pelosi, Alberto Quintero, Mark Sherrod, Matheus Silva, Jordan Stewart, Marvell Wynne

Seattle Sounders: Michael Farfan, Oalex Anderson, Alvaro Fernandez, Oneil Fisher, Erik Friberg, Herculez Gomez, Andreas Ivanschitz, Damien Lowe, Charlie Lyon, Tyrone Mears, Jimmy Ockford, Dylan Remick, Nathan Sturgis, Nelson Valdez

Sporting Kansas City: Ever Alvarado, Emmanuel Appiah, Nuno Coelho, Brad Davis, Connor Hallisey, Benji Joya, Alec Kann, Justin Mapp, Chance Myers, Paulo Nagamura, Lawrence Olum, Jacob Peterson, Cameron Porter, Seth Sinovic

Toronto FC: Babouli Molham, Steven Beitashour, Mark Bloom, Benoit Cheyrou, Clint Irwin, Will Johnson, Daniel Lovitz, Tosaint Ricketts, Quillian Roberts, Clement Simonin, Josh Williams

Vancouver Whitecaps: Fraser Aird, Giles Barnes, Marcel De Jong, David Edgar, Deybi Flores, Matsudo Kudo, Brett Levis, Pedro Morales, Blas Perez, Cole Seiler, Jordan Smith, Cristian Techera, Paulo Tornaghi

As you can see, there are plenty of names to choose from. So, if the Timbers could snag someone — or five someones just like the expansion sides — from the list above, who would you choose?