Impact unveil players protected for MLS Expansion Draft

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The Sounders' backup goalkeeper is a talented young man in goal, but was blocked by the still-great Stefan Frei. L.A. picked goalkeeper Tyler Miller from Seattle, forward Latif Blessing from Kansas City, forward Marco Urena from San Jose, defender Jukka Raitala from Columbus and defender/midfielder Raheem Edwards from Toronto.

Each current MLS club had the opportunity to protect 11 players from their 2017 roster.

New York City FC has acquired $75,000 of General Allocation Money and a 2018 worldwide slot in exchange for French back Frederic Brillant, who has signed a two-year deal with DC United. "His experience in the league and with the Belgian national team will be invaluable as we build our club". But Toronto will want him back very badly, and LAFC could wind up with some valuable pieces because of it.

In recent years, it's become a way for new teams without many assets to acquire a few trade chips, players they know their original team will want back, or are wanted by other clubs around MLS.

Ciman joined the Impact before the 2015 season and played 93 MLS games over three years, scoring three goals and adding four assists over that time.

With the MLS trade window open and free agency underway, expect plenty of action around LAFC - and don't be surprised if these five players pop up in trade reports soon.

Miller could be a keeper in net, however. Thorrington acknowledged a minor significance in LAFC's decision to announce Miller as its first selection. Homegrown players on a club's Supplemental/Reserve Roster at the end of the 2017 season are automatically protected.

"It's our responsibility to get off to a good start from the beginning in LA", Bradley said. "I think we've got a bunch of guys so far that are talented, attacking players that people are going to enjoy watching".

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