On October 16, Atlanta United and Minnesota United will take part in the Expansion Priority Draft to determine which team will have the first choice in six different player acquisition methods during this offseason.
The event will be streamed by Major League Soccer on YouTube starting at 2:00 p.m. as part of their “MLS Matchday Live- Week 33 Pregame” show ahead of an ESPN doubleheader. Special guests for the show will include former U.S. national team defender Heath Pearce and former Orlando City manager Adrian Heath.
A coin flip will be conducted to decide if Atlanta or Minnesota will get first selection. Then the two teams will alternate picks to determine their selection ranking in the following player acquisition methods:
- 2016 Expansion Draft (Picks 1 and 2)
- 2017 MLS SuperDraft (Picks 1 and 2)
- Player Allocation (Ranks 1 and 2)
- 2016 Waiver and Re-entry Draft (Ranks 21 and 22)
- Discovery Player Ranking (Ranks 21 and 22)
- USL/NASL Player Priority Ranking (Ranks 1 and 2)