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Major League Soccer Releases Expansion Draft Rules, Dates

The Montreal Impact will start building the core of their team on Nov. 23 during the MLS expansion draft.

Sebastien Le Toux goes down in history as probably the most significant player to have ever been selected in a MLS expansion draft. The Montreal Impact will try to find their Le Toux on Nov. 23. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Sebastien Le Toux goes down in history as probably the most significant player to have ever been selected in a MLS expansion draft. The Montreal Impact will try to find their Le Toux on Nov. 23. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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All 18 existing Major League Soccer teams will have to submit finalized expansion draft protection lists by Nov. 21, the day after the MLS Cup. Those lists will be made public later that day and the Montreal Impact will pick from the remaining pool of players on Nov. 23 by conference call, the league announced on Wednesday.

Each existing team will be allowed to protect 11 players on their senior rosters and the Impact will select 10 total players, but no more than one from any team. In addition to the 11 protected players, all Homegrown Players and Generation adidas players who have not graduated by the end of the current season will be inelegible for selection.

As they have in past years, Designated Players will be eligible for selection unless teams protect them. DPs with no-trade clauses must be protected and will count against the 11-player limit. Last year, several DPs were left unprotected, although none were selected by either the Vancouver Whitecaps or the Portland Timbers.

The expansion draft will be the first of several off-season allocations that will feature two re-entry drafts and the SuperDraft.