FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have protected 11 players from selection by Los Angeles FC in the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 2:00 p.m. ET. In addition to two Homegrown Players who are automatically exempt from the draft, 13 Revolution players will be ineligible for selection in Tuesday's draft.
The Revolution's Protected Player List includes forward Juan Agudelo, forward Teal Bunbury, goalkeeper Cody Cropper, defender Antonio Delamea (international), defender Claude Dielna (international), midfielder Diego Fagundez, defender Andrew Farrell, midfielder Gershon Koffie (international), forward Krisztián Németh (international), midfielder Lee Nguyen, and midfielder Kelyn Rowe.
In addition, midfielders Scott Caldwell and Zachary Herivaux are automatically protected as Homegrown Players who finished the 2017 season on the club’s supplemental/reserve roster. Per MLS rules, New England was required to protect a minimum of three international players.
Protected Player List (11)
Juan Agudelo – Forward
Teal Bunbury – Forward
Cody Cropper – Goalkeeper
Antonio Delamea – Defender (INT)
Claude Dielna – Defender (INT)
Diego Fagundez – Midfielder (HGP)
Andrew Farrell – Defender
Gershon Koffie – Midfielder (INT)
Krisztián Németh – Forward (INT)
Lee Nguyen – Midfielder
Kelyn Rowe – Midfielder
Automatically Protected (2)
Scott Caldwell – Midfielder (HGP)
Zachary Herivaux – Midfielder (HGP)
Tuesday's MLS Expansion Draft will consist of five total picks by LAFC as the club builds its roster ahead of its inaugural MLS campaign in 2018. Each current MLS club may not lose more than one player in the draft. A complete guide to MLS Expansion Draft rules and regulations is available on MLSsoccer.com.
Following the MLS Expansion Draft, the next phases of the offseason calendar are the MLS Waiver Draft on Dec. 13 and the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Dec. 15 (Stage 1) and Dec. 21 (Stage 2). The 2018 MLS SuperDraft will take place in Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday, Jan. 19. The full MLS offseason schedule may be viewed online here.