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MLS Releases Expansion Draft Protected List: Eddie Johnson and Tim Cahill Headline

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Major League Soccer has released the official protected lists for each team ahead of Wednesday's Expansion Draft. Expansion clubs Orlando City and NYCFC will each be able to select up to ten players in the draft, which takes place Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Eddie Johnson has been left unprotected by D.C. United, and poses a difficult choice for the Orlando City coaching staff
Eddie Johnson has been left unprotected by D.C. United, and poses a difficult choice for the Orlando City coaching staff
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Let the speculation stop, and then immediately begin again!

At around 7 p.m. this evening, Major League Soccer officially released the protected lists for each team. Orlando fans can stop guessing who will be left unprotected in the MLS Expansion Draft, and start guessing at who the team will select.

Big names like Eddie Johnson from D.C. United and Tim Cahill from the New York Red Bulls will grab most of the headlines, but there's a good deal of talent available here. MLS veterans like Kenny Cooper (Seattle), Marvell Wynne (Colorado), Davy Arnaud (DC), and Corey Ashe (Houston) will also be available, and will certainly be tempting to a very youthful Orlando City.

That's not to say there aren't a few young talents available as well. Gale Agbossoumonde of Colorado is a promising 23-year-old center back who has one cap for the U.S. National Team. Forward Patrick Mullins saw time for New England in Sunday's MLS Cup Final, and midfielder Michael Azira started for Seattle in the playoffs.

Be sure check back with us for more inside info and predictions on who Orlando may select leading up to the MLS Expansion draft on Wednesday!