Defender Ben Sweat is eligible to be taken by Inter Miami FC and Nashville SC. (Photo courtesy of MLS)

New York City FC has Saturday announced its protected and unprotected lists piror the Major League Soccer expansion draft.

The draft will take place on Tuesday at 5:30 pm ET.

Expansion clubs Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC can select up to five players each from the eligible pool to help fill out their rosters ahead for their inaugural MLS seasons in 2020.

Only one player from NYCFC can be selected

Clubs are allowed to protect 12 players between their Senior, Supplemental and Reserve rosters. Generation adidas, and Homegrown Players ages 25 and under are automatically protected.

Because the Red Bulls had a player chosen in last year’s expansion draft, they are exempt from this year’s process.

Listed below are the NYCFC players protected, automatically protected and unprotected for the expansion draft.


1. Luis Barraza
2. Daniel Bedoya
3. Jeff Caldwell
4. Sebastien Ibeagha
5. Gary Mackay-Steven
6. Jesus Medina
7. Eric Miller
8. Abdi Mohamed
9. Ebenezer Ofori
10. Tony Rocha
11. Brad Stuver
12. Ben Sweat
13. Juan Pablo Torres


1. Alexander Callens
2. Valentin Castellanos (International)
3. Maxime Chanot
4. Héber (International)
5. Sean Johnson
6. Ronald Matarrita
7. Alexandru Mitriță (International)
8. Maxi Moralez (International)
9. Keaton Parks
10. Alex Ring
11. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
12. Anton Tinnerholm

Automatically Protected:

1. Justin Haak (Homegrown)
2. James Sands (Homegrown)
3. Joe Scally (Homegrown)