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Timbers release unprotected list for MLS Expansion Draft

FCC looks to expand their roster.

FC Cincinnati Announcement With MLS Commissioner Don Garber Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

With FC Cincinnati entering league play in 2019, it’s time for another expansion draft! The draft begins at 2p eastern/11a pacific. With more expansion on the way unless they change it, we’ll be subjected to more of these.

Anyways, lets refresh you on the expansion rules.

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.

So there you go, five teams exempt from this season’s expansion draft. That brings us to the Portland Timbers. According to Jamie Goldberg, there is a handshake deal with FCC that they will not select a Timber in the draft, as part of the deal that made Fanendo Adi one of their first MLS players in Cincinnati.

Portland Timbers Unprotected list.

Victor Arboleda
Samuel Armenteros
Dairon Asprilla
Jack Barmby
Julio Cascante
Steve Clark
Tomas Conechny
Andres Flores
Jake Gleeson (Free Agent)
Modou Jadama
Kendall McIntosh
Roy Miller (Free Agent)
Lawrence Olum
Alvas Powell
Liam Ridgewell
Bill Tuiloma
Zarek Valentin

Again, highly unlikely a Timber is drafted.