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MLS expansion draft: When it will be held and how it works

Marcel Elhamon

Sept. 20, 2019

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Nashville SC will have another opportunity to build its inaugural Major League Soccer roster this fall.
The Expansion Priority Draft will be held on Oct. 6 and the Expansion Draft is set for Nov. 19, MLS announced Thursday.
Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF, both 2020 expansion clubs, will participate.
Here is a closer look at the process:
How does the MLS Expansion Priority Draft work?
The Expansion Priority Draft on Oct. 6 will allow both clubs to select roster-building mechanisms. There are five options: No 1. pick in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft, No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft, No. 1 spot in the Allocation Ranking Order, penultimate position in the MLS Re-Entry and End-Of-Year Waiver Order and penultimate position in Discover Player Rankings.
A coin toss will determine which club selects first. For example, if Nashville SC wins the toss, they could elect to have the first pick in the MLS SuperDraft. Then Inter Miami CF would choose from the remaining four options and so on.
How does the MLS Expansion Draft work?
Both expansion clubs will participate in the draft on Nov. 19. Each team can draft up to five players. Current MLS teams can protect up to 12 players. The complete list of eligible players for the expansion draft will be released Nov. 16.
Are any teams exempt?
Yes.  D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo and the New York Red Bulls are exempt because FC Cincinnati selected players from those organizations in the 2018 Expansion Draft.
When is the MLS SuperDraft?
The 2020 MLS SuperDraft will be in January.
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