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Dissecting past MLS Expansion Drafts

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As we learned last week, Major League Soccer is in discussions to do away with the Expansion Draft before Atlanta United FC (and possibly Minnesota United) enter the league in 2017. Immediately debates began popping about whether this news helps or hurts AUFC. This article will not attempt to answer that question (that will follow soon) this piece is about presenting factual data to help you decide whether or not the loss of the Expansion Draft is a help or a hindrance to United.

I'm not a statistical analysis type of person. I'm very much a visual person. I learn by experience. However in this instance, we're in unknown territory. An MLS Expansion club has never entered the league and not had the Expansion Draft as a tool to build their roster. I thought it'd be a good idea to go back and look at the last seven clubs to participate in an Expansion Draft and examine what happened to each player they picked.

New York City FC

NYCFC Ned Grabovoy Played 25 games for NYC, scored 2 goals
NYCFC Patrick Mullins Played 21 games for NYC, scored 6 goals
NYCFC Jason Hernandez Played 20 games for NYC
NYCFC Daniel Lovitz Traded to TFC for allocation money
NYCFC Tony Taylor Played 2 games for NYC
NYCFC Mehdi Ballouchy Played 19 games for NYC, scored 3 goals
NYCFC George John Kept, Injured all season
NYCFC Tommy McNamara Played 17 games for NYC, scored 5 goals
NYCFC Sal Zizzo Traded to RBNY for a one-year loan of Ryan Meara
NYCFC Chris Wingert Played 21 games for NYC
10W-17L-7D (8th in the East) 80% kept - 60% significant contributors

Orlando City

Orlando City Donovan Ricketts Played 10 games for Orlando, Traded to LA midseason
Orlando City Tony Cascio Kept but got injured for all but two games of the 2015 season
Orlando City Jalil Anibaba Traded in a package to SKC for Aurelien Collin
Orlando City Pedro Ribeiro Played 17 games for Orlando, scored 2 goals
Orlando City Lewis Neal Played 17 games for Orlando
Orlando City Jairo Arrieta Traded to D.C. United for an International Roster slot
Orlando City Heath Pearce Left MLS for Europe
Orlando City Danny Mwanga Played in 4 games for Orlando, no goals
Orlando City Mark Sherrod Traded to SJ Earthquakes for 2nd round Superdraft pick
Orlando City Eric Gehrig Traded to Chicago Fire for 2016 2nd round Superdraft pick
12W-14-L-8D (7th in the East) 50% kept - 20% significant contributors

Montreal Impact

Montreal Impact Brian Ching Traded to Houston for 2013 1st round Superdraft pick
Montreal Impact Zarek Valentin Played in 15 games for Montreal, scored 1 goal
Montreal Impact Justin Mapp Played in 82 games for Montreal, scored 4 goals
Montreal Impact Bobby Burling Traded to Chivas USA for an International Roster slot
Montreal Impact Jeb Brovsky Played 65 games for Montreal, scored 2 goals
Montreal Impact Collen Warner Played 55 games for Montreal, scored 1 goal
Montreal Impact Josh Gardner Played 6 games for Montreal
Montreal Impact Sanna Nyassi Played 54 games for Montreal, scored 8 goals
Montreal Impact James Riley Traded to Chivas USA for Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen
Montreal Impact Seth Sinovic Traded to SKC for Davy Arnaud
12W-16L-6D (7th in the East) 60% kept - 50% significant contributors

Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers Dax McCarty Traded in a package to D.C. United for Rodney Wallace and 4th round Superdraft pick
Portland Timbers Eric Brunner Played 45 games for Portland, scored 4 goals
Portland Timbers Adam Moffat Played 4 games for Portland and then traded to Houston in a package for Lovell Palmer, Mike Chabala, and an Intl. Roster spot
Portland Timbers Anthony Wallace Traded to Colorado for allocation money
Portland Timbers David Horst Played 39 games for Portland, scored 1 goal
Portland Timbers Robbie Findley Left MLS for Europe
Portland Timbers Peter Lowry Played 3 games for Portland
Portland Timbers Jonathan Bornstein Traded his rights back to Chivas USA for Ben Zemanski
Portland Timbers Jordan Graye Traded to Houston for 4th round Superdraft pick
Portland Timbers Arturo Alvarez Traded to RSL for 2nd round Superdraft pick
11W-14L-9D (6th in the West) 40% kept - 20% significant contributors

Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps Sanna Nyassi Traded to Colorado for Intl Roster spot
Vancouver Whitecaps Atiba Harris Played 12 games for Vancouver, scored 2 goals
Vancouver Whitecaps Nathan Sturgis Traded to TFC for 1st round Superdraft pick
Vancouver Whitecaps Shea Salinas Played 26 games for Vancouver, scored 1 goal
Vancouver Whitecaps Alan Gordon Traded along with Moreno to Chivas USA for allocation money and an Intl Roster spot
Vancouver Whitecaps O'Brian White Traded to Seattle for allocation money
Vancouver Whitecaps Alejandro Moreno Traded along with Gordon to Chivas USA for allocation money and an Intl Roster spot
Vancouver Whitecaps Joe Cannon Played 56 games for Vancouver
Vancouver Whitecaps Jonathan Leathers Played 22 games for Vancouver
Vancouver Whitecaps John Thorrington Played 35 games for Vancouver
6W-18L-10D (9th in the West) 50% kept - 50% significant contributors

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union Jordan Harvey Played 46 games Philadelphia, scored 1 goal
Philadelphia Union Andrew Jacobson Played 25 games for Philadelphia
Philadelphia Union Brad Knighton Played 8 games for Philadelphia
Philadelphia Union Sebastien Le Toux Played 62 games for Philadelphia, scored 25 goals
Philadelphia Union Stefani Miglioranzi Played 43 games for Philadelphia
Philadelphia Union Alejandro Moreno Played 26 games for Philadelphia, scored 2 goals
Philadelphia Union David Myrie Played 1 game for Philadelphia and was released
Philadelphia Union Shea Salinas Played 17 games for Philadelphia, scored 1 goal
Philadelphia Union Shavar Thomas Played 1 game for Philadelphia and then was traded to KC for 2 Superdraft picks and allocation money
Philadelphia Union Nick Zimmerman Played 8 games for Philadelphia
8W-15L-7D (7th in the East) 100% kept - 60% significant contributors

Seattle Sounders

Seattle Sounders Nate Jaqua Played 66 games for Seattle, scored 9 goals
Seattle Sounders Nathan Sturgis Played 29 games for Seattle, scored 1 goal
Seattle Sounders Jeff Parke Initally not signed, but eventually played 78 games for Seattle, scored 1 goal
Seattle Sounders Jarrod Smith Did not appear in MLS
Seattle Sounders Khano Smith Traded to RBNY for allocation money
Seattle Sounders Peter Vagenas Played 21 games for Seattle
Seattle Sounders Tyson Wahl Played 39 games for Seattle, scored 1 goal
Seattle Sounders James Riley Played 84 games for Seattle, scored 1 goal
Seattle Sounders Stephen King Played 10 games for Seattle
Seattle Sounders Brad Evans Played 161 games for Seattle, scored 18 goals
12W-7L-11D (3rd in the West) 90% kept - 70% significant contributors