The 2019 MLS Expansion Draft took place today so that Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC—the two newest expansion teams—could add some experienced players to their rosters.
For a refresher on the rules, click here.
The seven players that the Colorado Rapids left unprotected were:
- Niki Jackson
- Johan Blomberg
- Kofi Opare
- Abdul Rwatubyaye
- Axel Sjöberg
- Danny Wilson
- Tim Howard
There were plenty of great options available this year and here’s how it all went down:
Inter Miami: Defender Ben Sweat, NYCFC
Nashille SC: Forward Abu Danladi from Minnesota United FC
Inter Miami: Defender Alvas Powell from FC Cincinnati (taken from the Portland Timbers last year by FCC)
Nashille SC: Defender Zarek Valentin from the Portland Timbers; traded to Houston Dynamo for Goalkeeper Joe Willis
Inter Miami: Midfielder Lee Nguyen from LAFC
Nashille SC: Defender Jalil Anibaba from New England Revolution
Inter Miami: Midfielder Luis Argudo from Columbus Crew
Nashille SC: Forward Brandon Vasquez from Atlanta United; traded to FC Cincinnati for $150K TAM
Inter Miami: Goalkeeper Bryan Meredith from Seattle Sounders
Nashille SC: Defender Jimmy Medranda from Sporting Kansas City
Other Post-Expansion Draft Trades
- Goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas from Sporting Kansas City to Nashville for $50K GAM, $125K TAM, and a 2020 international spot.
- Leftback Daniel Lovitz from Montreal Impact to Nashville for $50K GAM, $50K TAM, and a 2020 international roster spot.
- Miami acquire Cincinnati’s 3rd overall SuperDraft pick for $150K GAM, giving the Florida side the 1st and 3rd overall picks in the 2020 SuperDraft.