Here's the list of players that the Union have made available for Orlando City and New York City FC to take in the Expansion Draft, which will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10:
Goalkeepers: Zac MacMath, Rais Mbolhi
Defenders: Austin Berry, Richard Marquez
Midfielders: Corben Bone, Brian Carroll, Danny Cruz, Leo Fernandes, Fred, Michael Lahoud, Pedro Ribeiro
Forwards: Brian Brown, Conor Casey, Antoine Hoppenot, Aaron Wheeler
All of the rules for the Expansion Draft process are here.
It's not too surprising to see MacMath on here, but it certainly sends a message that Mbolhi is included as well. That's a sign that Jim Curtin made a call about a player who Nick Sakiewicz had a huge role in bringing to PPL Park.
Other than that, Curtin has signaled a willingness to let go of players who haven't seen much time with the senior team. Yes, players like RIchard Marquez and Pedro Ribeiro have a lot of potential, and I could easily see New York head coach Jason Kreis taking a defender with Berry's experience. But beyond that, would any of these guys be a huge loss? Probably not.
New York and Orlando will each take 10 players in the draft from the leaguewide pool of available players, which you can see in full here. Once a team loses two players in the draft, no more can be taken; and once one player is taken from a team, that team may withdraw another available player from the pool.