Expansion Draft

Revolution Protect 12 Players from 2022 MLS Expansion Draft


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution protected 12 players from selection in Friday’s 2022 MLS Expansion Draft, in which Major League Soccer’s newest expansion club St. Louis City SC will select five players to continue building their inaugural roster ahead of the 2023 MLS season. Click here to view the complete list of players eligible for selection in Friday’s expansion draft. 

The 2022 MLS Expansion Draft on Friday, Nov. 11 begins at 7:00 p.m. ET (watch on MLSsoccer.com. St. Louis City SC may select five players from the pool of eligible players, and no more than a single player from any one club. The five teams that had a player selected by Charlotte FC in the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft are exempt from the Friday’s draft. Complete draft rules and procedures are available here

The remaining 23 clubs, including New England, may protect up to 12 players from their Senior and Supplemental rosters. If a player has a no-trade clause in his contract, his MLS club must protect him and he will count as one of the 12 protected players. If a player is out of contract at the end of 2022, he is still considered part of the club’s roster for the Expansion Draft. 

Players that are automatically protected include Generation adidas players or Homegrown Players that are 25 years old and under in the year in which the Expansion Draft takes place. Designated Players and other discretionary players such as U22 Initiative signings are not automatically protected. Clubs with four or more international players, including New England, must protect at least three international players, excluding any automatically protected players. 

2022 MLS Expansion Draft: New England Revolution Protected Players (12)

  1. Jozy Altidore*
  2. Dylan Borrero (International)
  3. Brandon Bye 
  4. Andrew Farrell 
  5. Carles Gil (International)
  6. Nacho Gil (International; Out of Contract)
  7. DeJuan Jones
  8. Henry Kessler
  9. Tommy McNamara
  10. Djordje Petrovic (International)
  11. Matt Polster
  12. Giacomo Vrioni (International)

*Jozy Altidore has a no-trade clause and therefore must be protected per MLS Expansion Draft rules

Homegrown Players – Automatically Protected (4)

  1. Esmir Bajraktarevic
  2. Noel Buck
  3. Justin Rennicks
  4. Damian Rivera

Clubs that have a player selected in the Expansion Draft will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money as compensation. In the history of the MLS Expansion Draft, 11 Revolution players have been selected by incoming clubs, most recently in 2019 when Nashville SC selected defender Jalil Anibaba. 

New England Revolution Players Selected in MLS Expansion Drafts

  • 1997: Francis Okaroh – Chicago Fire
  • 2004: Brian Kamler, Rusty Pierce – Real Salt Lake 
  • 2006: Jose Cancela – Toronto FC
  • 2007: James Riley – San Jose 
  • 2008: Khano Smith – Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2009: Brad Knighton – Philadelphia Union
  • 2014: Patrick Mullins and Tony Taylor – New York City FC
  • 2016: Femi Hollinger-Janzen – Minnesota United FC
  • 2019: Jalil Anibaba – Nashville SC

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