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2019 MLS Expansion Draft — as it happened

Ben Sweat selected first overall by Inter Miami

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That does it, folks! Sucks to see Ben Sweat go, but we wish him the absolute best moving forward.


With the tenth and final pick of the 2019 Expansion Draft, Nashville selects Jimmy Medranda from Sporting Kansas City.


With the ninth pick, Miami chooses Bryan Meredith from the Seattle Sounders. That concludes Miami’s picks for the evening.


With the eighth pick, Nashville selects Brandon Vazquez from Atlanta United. Likely to be traded.


With the seventh pick, Miami select Luis Argudo from the Columbus Crew.


With the sixth pick, Nashville select Jalil Anibaba from the New England Revolution.


With the fifth pick, Miami selects Lee Nguyen from LAFC.


With the fourth pick, Nashville select Zarek Valentin from the Portland Timbers. Likely to be traded later.


With the third pick, Miami select Alvis Powell from FC Cincinnati.


With the second pick, Nashville select Abu Danladi from Minnesota United.


With the first pick of the 2019 Expansion Draft, Inter Miami select Ben Sweat from our very own NYCFC. The remainder of NYCFC is now safe from selection.

Sweat was an early favorite for the first overall selection. Good luck, Ben!

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The 2019 MLS Expansion Draft is upon us. Beginning at 5:30 PM (EST), both Inter Miami and Nashville SC will be given five picks each to select players that have been listed as unprotected by their current clubs.

Currently, New York City FC have 13 unprotected players that are eligible for the Expansion Draft this evening. They are as follows:

1. Luis Barraza

2. Daniel Bedoya

3. Jeff Caldwell

4. Sebastien Ibeagha

5. Gary Mackay-Steven

6. Jesus Medina

7. Eric Miller

8. Abdi Mohamed

9. Ebenezer Ofori

10. Tony Rocha

11. Brad Stuver

12. Ben Sweat

13. Juan Pablo Torres

Of these players, Ben Sweat and Sebastien Ibeagha have emerged as early favorites for selection by either Miami or Nashville. MLSSoccer.com’s Matt Doyle has also pointed to Young DP Jesus Medina as a juicy target for the two expansion clubs.

Clubs can only lose a maximum of one player in the Expansion Draft. Therefore, should NYCFC have a player drafted by either Miami or Nashville, every other player on their roster is safe from further picks.

For those of you interested in watching the Expansion Draft with us, check out MLS’s official website.

This article will update as each team makes their pick.