The season may be over, but MLS teams are already gearing up for next season, with not one but three different drafts happening.
The Expansion Draft let new clubs Orlando City SC and NYC FC (SC stands for Soccer Club, FC stands for Football Club) got to stack their rosters by picking players from other clubs. Not everyone was available, though – teams got to place 11 names on their “protected” list ahead of the draft, and once they lost two, the new clubs had to go somewhere else for players.
The Re-Entry draft is specific to out-of-contract players who have played the required number of years in the MLS (three to eight, depending on the age of the player). If a player doesn’t meet the criteria for the Re-Entry draft, but is out-of-contract, his name was in Monday’s Waivers Draft – three players from the dissolved Chivas USA were signed to other clubs that way.
And that’s all before the influx of new players in January’s SuperDraft!