The list is reprinted below.
On first glance, it seems to be a pretty typical starting lineup … with the notable exception of defender (and union rep) James Riley, who started 27 games. The Sounders decided to protect Patrick Ianni (10 starts) instead.
Riley must be used to this drill, as he went to San Jose in their expansion draft and then came to Seattle in the Sounders’ expansion draft.
Also unprotected — but less surprising — are former USL Sounders and fan favorites Sebastien Le Toux and Roget Levesque. Others who started games for the Sounders but are now available to Philly are Steven King, Sana Nyassi, Zach Scott, Nathan Sturgia and Peter Vagenas.
Here’s the protected list.
Seattle Sounders FC
Hurtado, Jhon Kennedy
This means the other players on the Sounders roster is available to the Philadelphia Union in the expansion draft on Wednesday. However, no more than one player can be taken.
Taking a quick look at the rest of the league, I thought it was interesting that the Houston Dynamo decided to protect reserve goalkeeper Tally Hall of Gig Harbor.
Here’s the MLS list of all protected players from all teams:
COMPLETE LIST OF AVAILABLE PLAYERS FOR WEDNESDAY’S DRAFT
Hesmer, Will (GK)
Kansas City Wizards
Los Angeles Galaxy
New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls
Angel, Juan Pablo
Real Salt Lake
San Jose Earthquakes
Moreira, Andre Luiz
de Guzman, Julian