On Tuesday, MLS expansion clubs Atlanta and Minnesota will take the next step toward filling out their inaugural rosters, using the expansion draft to pluck players from other MLS teams.
Sporting Kansas City released its list of 11 players Monday who will be protected from such selection. The club held back Saad Abdul-Salaam, Matt Besler, Dom Dwyer, Roger Espinoza, Benny Feilhaber, Jimmy Medranda, Tim Melia, Soni Mustivar, Ike Opara, Diego Rubio and Graham Zusi. In addition, homegrown players Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin, Erik Palmer-Brown and Daniel Salloi are automatically protected.
From the 2016 roster, that leaves Nuno Coelho, Brad Davis, Connor Hallisey, Justin Mapp, Chance Myers, Paulo Nagamura, Lawrence Olum, Jacob Peterson, Cameron Porter, Seth Sinovic, Ever Alvarado, Emmanuel Appiah, Benji Joya and Alec Kann exposed.
Among the unprotected group, only Olum, Porter, Sinovic and Joya are currently under contract for the 2017 season. Nagamura announced his retirement earlier on Monday.
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Minnesota and Atlanta will alternate picks in the expansion draft at 1 p.m. Tuesday. They can each select five players. Sporting KC can only lose one player to the expansion draft.