CHICAGO, Ill. (Dec. 8, 2014) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Monday its 11 protected players ahead of the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. CT. The draft, which will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com, will consist of ten rounds as expansion sides Orlando City SC and New York City FC will select 20 total players from MLS’ other 18 teams.
Each club is required to protect 11 players. Clubs must also make available a number of International Players equal to the total number minus three. Homegrown players that finished the 2014 season on the club's roster are automatically protected. Players signed since the end of the MLS season are not eligible for the Expansion Draft.
MLS clubs may lose no more than two players from their non-protected roster. Additionally, once a player has been selected from the non-protected roster, the club may move a player from its non-protected roster to its protected roster. Additional information on the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft can be found here.
Below is the list of 28 Fire players:
|Protected (11)||Available for Selection (14)||Homegrown (3)|
|Alex - M/D||Greg Cochrane - D||Victor Pineda - M|
|Quincy Amarikwa - F||Matt Fondy - F||Chris Ritter - M|
|Juan Luis Anangono (Intl.) - F||Marco Franco - D||Harry Shipp - M|
|Razvan Cocis (Intl.) - M||Patrick Ianni - D|
|Robert Earnshaw (Intl.) - F||Benji Joya - M|
|Sean Johnson - GK||Hunter Jumper - D|
|Jeff Larentowicz - M/D||Alec Kann - GK|
|Mike Magee - F||Steven Kinney - D|
|Patrick Nyarko - M||Sanna Nyassi - M/F|
|Lovel Palmer - D||Kyle Reynish - GK|
|Matt Watson - M/D||Gonzalo Segares - D|
|Florent Sinama-Pongolle - F|
|Bakary Soumare - D|
|Grant Ward - M|