Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Always Protected, 2006-08

I think the most important part of this post is this link. That's a link to Wikipedia and their page on the 2006 MLS Expansion Draft, the one where Toronto was selecting players. I noticed while writing the previews for this year's draft that there was nowhere to find all the lists of protected players for the 2006 draft, as MLS just released a list of available players. I've been working on it, and I've filled in the lists of protected and exempt players. So it's nice that we now have that resource to look at, in addition to the other expansion draft articles which all already had that info.

I might as well post something interesting about the current and seemingly perpetual era of expansion drafts. We've had them for three straight years now, and probably will get that streak up to at least six straight years. In the past three years, how many players have been protected in each of those drafts (not counting those exempt through Generation Adidas)?

Out of a possible 132 players (2006 = 12 teams x 11 players), 58 have been protected in 2006, 2007, and 2008:

Alecko Eskandarian
Alejandro Moreno
Ante Jazic
Arturo Alvarez
Atiba Harris
Bobby Boswell
Bouna Coundoul
Brad Davis
Brian Ching
Brian Mullan
Bryan Namoff
Chad Marshall
Chris Albright
Chris Rolfe
Chris Wingert
Christian Gomez
Dasan Robinson
Davy Arnaud
Drew Moor
Dwayne De Rosario
Eddie Robinson
Francisco Mendoza
Frankie Hejduk
Gonzalo Segares
Herculez Gomez
Jack Jewsbury
Jaime Moreno
Jay Heaps
Jeff Cunningham
Jesse Marsch
Jimmy Conrad
Joe Cannon
Jon Conway
Jonathan Bornstein
Justin Mapp
Kenny Cooper
Kyle Beckerman
Landon Donovan
Logan Pause
Marcelo Saragosa
Marvell Wynne
Matt Reis
Mehdi Ballouchy
Michael Parkhurst
Nick Garcia
Pablo Mastroeni
Ricardo Clark
Sacha Kljestan
Scott Sealy
Seth Stammler
Shalrie Joseph
Shavar Thomas
Steve Ralston
Taylor Twellman
Todd Dunivant
Troy Roberts
Tyrone Marshall
Ugo Ihemelu

How many will make it for five or six straight years? Already six have left the league in the past year, including possibly the least likely man on the list, Troy Roberts.

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