MLS Expansion Draft 2011: Colorado Rapids Protected List

The Colorado Rapids were done in by injuries in 2011, ruining any chance they had at repeating as MLS Cup champions, but there was also that lack of good players and fighting between head coach Gary Smith and technical director Paul Bravo thing. Well, Smith is out and now Bravo is charged with putting together a roster with, well, more good players. First he has to keep from losing good players in the expansion draft though so he's picked his 11 to protect with Kosuke Kimura and Sanna Nyassi the most intriguing players unprotected.

Protected List: Conor Casey, Omar Cummings, Danny Earls, Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Drew Moor, Brian Mullan, Joseph Nane, Matt Pickens, Jamie Smith, Marvell Wynne

Automatically Protected: David Armstrong (Homegrown), Josh Janniere (Homegrown)

Unprotected List: Andre Akpan, Miguel Comminges, Caleb Folan, Ian Joyce, Macoumba Kandji, Kosuke Kimura, Tyrone Marshall, Sanna Nyassi, Scott Palguta, Wells Thompson, Anthony Wallace, Eddie Ababio, Quincy Amarikwa, Steward Ceus, Stephen Emory, Mike Holody, Ross LaBeaux,

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