NEW YORK — Major League Soccer announced Thurday that Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC will partkae in the 2019 MLS expansion draft Nov. 19.
The expansion draft will provide an opportunity for both sides to strengthen their rosters by selecting up to five players from other MLS teams. Each MLS side can protect up to 12 rostered players (11 in years past) from inclusion on the eligible players list.
The list of players eligible for selection in the expansion draft will be released Saturday, Nov. 16.
Exempt clubs with players selected by FC Cincinnati in the 2018 expansion draft are D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo and Red Bulls.
Notable former expansion draft picks include two of LAFC’s 2017 selections: Latif Blessing and Tyler Miller. Blessing has six goals and five assists alongside Miller’s nine shutouts for the top-ranked club in league standings. FC Cincinnati selected Darren Mattocks and Roland Lamah in 2018. Both became regular contributors for the club this season.
As a prelude to the expansion draft, live from midtown Manhattan on Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. ET, Inter Miami CF managing owner and CEO Jorge Mas with sporting director Paul McDonough will be alongside Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre and general manager Mike Jacobs for the 2019 expansion priority draft. It will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com, and through the MLS app, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
An opening coin toss for the rxpansion priority fraft will determine which club receives the first pick among the five available player-acquisition methods. Following the first pick, teams will alternate through subsequent selections until all roster-building mechanisms have been chosen.
MLS Expansion Priority Draft
No.1 pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft
No.1 pick in 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas
No.1 position in Allocation Ranking Order
Penultimate position in MLS Re-Entry and End-of-Year Waiver Order
Penultimate position in Discovery Player Ranking