Dax McCarty was the No. 1 pick in last year's MLS Expansion Draft. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

MLS Mock Expansion Draft, 2011: SB Nation Soccer Has You Covered

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MLS Mock Expansion Draft, 2011: Projected New England Revolution Protected List

Determining which players to protect for one of the worst teams in the league isn't terribly difficult - one simply needs to protect those players that were effective during the season. The first nine were the easiest: AJ Soares, Benny Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph, Rajko Lekic, Chris Tierney, Matt Reis, Milton Caraglio, Monsef Zerka, Darrius Barnes.

Some of the above, like Joseph, Lekic, Feilhaber, and Reis, have age or salary concerns, but a total lack of better-performing options land them solidly on the list. Ryan Guy and Kevin Alston made it off the bubble, Guy for his stellar play in the close season and Alston because his speed and attacking potential remain attractive and, out of all the names left, he is most likely to be picked up by Montreal.

New England Revolution: AJ Soares, Benny FeilhaberRajko LekicChris Tierney,Milton CaraglioMonsef ZerkaDarrius BarnesShalrie JosephMatt ReisKevin AlstonRyan GuyAutomatically protectedDiego Fagundez.

Steve Stoehr is the managing editor of Revolution blog The Bent Musket. Follow him on Twitter at @Stoehrst.

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MLS Mock Expansion Draft, 2011: Projected Philadelphia Union Protected List

The Philadelphia Union are in a weird position for this season's MLS Expansion Draft. The fate of their final 11 protected selections will not truly be known until MLS releases the names of the players that will graduate the Generation Adidas program this year, meaning that they must be protected in the Expansion Draft.

Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo and Danny Mwanga all await an update on their statuses. Mwanga is most likely graduating, but his two teammates may be safe for another year. If that is the case, then the protection list becomes must clearly and easier to decide upon.

Since the Montreal Impact are expected to sign Bill Gaudette to start, and also have signed fellow goalkeeper Evan Bush, Faryd Mondragon and third string goalkeeper Thorne Holder do not need to be protected by the Union. It also means that three other foreign players must be protected. The Union have Mondragon, Holder, Veljko Paunovic, Roger Torres, Juan Diego Gonzalez, Keon Daniel, Levi Houapeu and Joe Tait. Gonzalez is probably not going to return to the Union in 2012 after not playing in a single MLS minute in 2011; Hoaupeu was injured most of the season and probably isn't a risk for selection; Tait was a late season acquisition and seen as a project with high potential, but isn't a player on the Impact's radar; and Holder was oft-injured and the third string goalkeeper for most of the season. That leaves Paunovic and Torres as the two international players with the highest probability of being taken. Thus, I decided to protect both.

Sebastien Le Toux, Mwanga, both Gabriel Farfan and Michael Farfan, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Sheanon Williams and Brian Carroll were selected because of their starting spots and potential to start next season. Add in Torres and Paunovic and that leaves one more spot to protect a player, which is Freddy Adu on my list. The 22-year-old may become a designated player in 2012 and seems to be part of head coach Piotr Nowak's plans for the team's future, despite a poor start to his Union career and MLS-rebirth.

Philadelphia Union: Sebastien Le TouxDanny MwangaMichael FarfanGabriel FarfanSheanon WilliamsCarlos ValdesRoger TorresVeljko PaunovicKyle Nakazawa, Freddy Adu, Brian CarrollAutomatically protectedZac MacMathJack McInerneyAmobi OkugoZach Pfeffer.

Scott Kessler is the managing editor of Union blog Brotherly Game. Follow him on Twitter at @scottdkessler.

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MLS Mock Expansion Draft 2011: Projected Vancouver Whitecaps Protected List

86 Forever's Ben Massey details who he thinks the Whitecaps will protect during the upcoming expansion draft.

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MLS Expansion Draft 2011: Projected Real Salt Lake Protect List

RSL Soapbox's Denzel Eslinger explains his thinking behind who he thinks Real Salt Lake will protect in the upcoming Expansion Draft.

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MLS Mock Expansion Draft 2011: Projected Toronto FC Protected List

Waking the Red's Dave Rowaan explains who they think Toronto FC will protect in the upcoming MLS Expansion Draft.

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MLS Mock Expansion Draft 2011: Projected Chivas USA Protected List

Chivas USA had an improved season in 2011, but it was by no means flawless. The team has a core of players who will certainly be back next season and will therefore be protected in the expansion draft. The spine of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, defender Heath Pearce, midfielder Nick LaBrocca, and forward Justin Braun are all key players moving forward, so their inclusion in the protected list was obvious.

I also believe Ante Jazic will be protected, as he had a very good season with the Goats and as a native of Eastern Canada could be selected by Montreal for marketing, as well as on-field reasons. Additionally, forward Alejandro Moreno is well-liked and will likely be back with the team next year, and as a veteran professional in MLS could be a useful selection for a new MLS club, so he will most likely be protected. Finally, Ben Zemanski and Michael Lahoud should be protected, as they are at worst good squad players and could turn into good starters on Chivas.

The big question is which players will be protected beyond the first eight. With a minimum of three international players who need to be on the protected list, I struggled with the three selections. In the end, I picked recent signings David Junior Lopes and Laurent Courtois, as I think each player is in Coach Robin Fraser's plans moving into 2012. And I included Marcos Mondaini, who had a season full of ups and downs, but appears to have enough upside to hold onto. However, that means that Juan Pablo Angel is unprotected. I'm really not sure if Chivas will resign him for 2012, and if he is left unprotected, obviously Chivas will not want him or will want him at a much lower salary. He will probably be the biggest question mark when the official protected list is revealed. If Angel's on the list, I would expect Mondaini to be left unprotected.

Full projected protected list: Justin Braun, Laurent Courtois, Ante Jazic, Dan Kennedy, Nick LaBrocca, Michael Lahoud, David Junior Lopes, Marcos Mondaini, Alejandro Moreno, Heath Pearce, Ben Zemanski

Automatically protected: Chris Cortez, Brian de la Fuente, Blair Gavin (projected to remain in Generation Adidas), Zarek Valentin (projected to remain in Generation Adidas)

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MLS Expansion Draft 2011: Projected FC Dallas Protected List

Big D Soccer's Daniel Robertson explains who he thinks FC Dallas will protect in the upcoming Expansion Draft.

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MLS Expansion Draft 2011: Projected Seattle Sounders Protected List

Thinking like Sigi Schmid can be hard. The Seattle Sounders coach values players differently than even the most savvy fans and followers of the team. But all agree that there are eight players that are near locks, with James Riley being the last one in that top eight. The tough decisions come down to a group of five players all basically the same age. Brad Evans and Erik Friberg are two central midfielders who offer similar skillsets, at basically the same price. Evans has an injury history that is building while Friberg takes an international slot. The other three of those five are Sammy Ochoa, Lamar Neagle and Mike Fucito. All provide goals, are cheap, and entering their peak years. 

At Sounder at Heart the Protectinator (a crowd sourced expansion list) generally picks the goal scorers and leaves both central midfielders available. But Sigi likes having a connecting midfielder, his Sounders' success can be linked to the use of Evans, Friberg, Nathan Sturgis and Peter Vagenas. Losing one of those two forces an adjustment in midfield usage patterns and possibly forces DP winger Alvaro Fernandez into a central rather than scoring role. If Seattle loses one of the three young scorers they have plenty of options to fill in those needs. The Seattle side is sure to lose a player, so their expansion draft protected list may be a portent into their off-season plans more than who they value most.

Projected Sounders protection list: Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero, Alvaro Fernandez, Mauro Rosales, Osvaldo Alonso, James Riley, Brad Evans, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Sammy Ochoa, Erik Friberg. Automatically protected: Michael Tetteh.

Dave Clark is the managing editor for Sounders blog Sounder at Heart. Follow him on Twitter at @SounderAtHeart. Be sure to check out SB Nation's live Mock Expansion Draft on Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern.

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MLS Expansion Draft 2011: Sporting KC Projected Protected List

The Daily Wiz's Justin Mayhugh explains his thinking behind his projection for Sporting KC's Expansion Draft protected list.

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MLS Expansion Draft 2011: Colorado Rapids Projected Protected List

Burgundy Wave's Chris "UZ" White explains who he thinks the Rapids will protect in the upcoming expansion draft.

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MLS Mock Expansion Draft, 2011: SB Nation Soccer Has You Covered

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