MLS Expansion Draft: Timbers, Whitecaps Going With Youth Over Experience

No. 1 pick (Portland Timbers): The Portland Timbers made a lot of pundits look very intelligent as they took Dax McCarty with the first pick of the Expansion Draft.

McCarty has played mostly as a central midfielder and has carved out a niche as a playmaker, notching 15 assists in the past three seasons. FC Dallas pulled back their captain, Daniel Hernandez, a 34-year-old who was not in much danger of getting selected.

No. 2 pick (Vancouver Whitecaps): Sanna Nyassi, wide midfielder. Started 14 games this season and broke out toward the end of the season, scoring a pair of late-season goals and two in the U.S. Open Cup final. The Sounders then protected center back Patrick Ianni

No. 3 pick (Portland Timbers): Eric Brunner. Made 13 starts this season as a 24-year-old. Columbus Crew protect Kevin Burns

No. 4 picks (Vancouver Whitecaps): Atiba Harris. Had a breakout season, scoring four goals and starting 28 games. No more FC Dallas players can be taken

No. 5 pick (Portland Timbers): Adam Moffat. A regular starter in the central midfield for the Crew, making 23 starts and scoring two goals. No more Crew players can be taken.

No. 6 pick (Whitecaps): Nathan Sturgis. Emerged as a starter in the central midfield this year, making 16 starts as a 23-year-old No more Sounders can be taken.

No. 7 pick (Timbers): Anthony Wallace. A left back for the MLS Cup champions. Wells Thompson protected by Rapids.

No. 8 pick (Whitecaps): Shea Salinas. A wide midfielder that has now been taken in two successive Expansion Drafts. Philadelphia Union protect Chris Seitz.

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