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Charlotte FC’s expansion draft happens tonight

October 23, 2021 - Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States - A supporter waves a flag in The Wonder wall during the Minnesota United vs Los Angeles FC match at Allianz Field. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

Major League Soccer’s newest club Charlotte FC will unofficially debut tonight as the club will have their expansion draft at 6 PM CT. All clubs in the league unveiled their unprotected list yesterday ahead of tonight’s draft. The league allowed each club to protect 12 players ahead of the draft, with a few exceptions. LA Galaxy, Nashville SC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, and San Jose Earthquakes who lost players to Austin FC this past season will be entirely protected from having players drafted by Charlotte FC.

Charlotte will be allowed to select five players from the remaining teams, once they select a player from a given team that club will be protected from losing another player in the draft. Minnesota United’s unprotected list is as follows.

  1. Fanendo Adi (contract option declined)
  2. Juan Agudelo (contract option declined)
  3. Ozzie Alonso (Free Agent)
  4. Noah Billingsley (contract option declined)
  5. Thomás Chacón (On Loan in Uruguay)
  6. Ethan Finlay (Free Agent)
  7. Ján Greguš (contract option declined)
  8. Niko Hansen
  9. Brent Kallman (contract option declined)
  10. Nabi Kibunguchy
  11. Justin McMaster
  12. Romain Métanire
  13. Callum Montgomery (On Loan in USL Championship)
  14. Jukka Raitala (contract option declined)
  15. Joseph Rosales
  16. DJ Taylor
  17. Adrian Zendejas (contract option declined)

Out of the 17 players on Minnesota’s unprotected list, eight are under contract with two players spent most to all of the 2021 season on loan with other clubs. Callum Montgomery was with USL Championship side San Diego Loyal while Thomás Chacón spent the season with Uruguayan side Liverpool Fútbol Club.

The other nine players on the unprotected list either had their contract options declined (seven players) or were free agents following the season (two players). Reportedly the favourite to get picked up from Minnesota is Romain Métanire, who is the most high profile player unprotected.