MLS just got done announcing the protected lists for each team for this week's expansion draft. I missed 2 of the Wizards protected players with my final predictions last night. I had Jonathan Leathers and Sunil Chhetri on the list, they were replaced on the final list by Matt Besler and Jimmy Nielsen. The rest of the list was not exactly surprising. Here's Sporting's protected list: Davy Arnaud, Stephane Auvray, Matt Besler, Roger Espinoza, Michael Harrington, Jack Jewsbury, Kei Kamara, Jimmy Nielsen, Craig Rocastle, Ryan Smith, and Graham Zusi. Teal Bunbury and Jon Kempin are exempt from selection.
So who does that leave available for selection? Korede Aiyegbusi, Jamar Beasley, Sunil Chhetri, Jimmy Conrad, Birahim Diop, Zoltan Hercegfalvi, Aaron Hohlbein, Nikos Kounenakis, Eric Kronberg, Jonathan Leathers, Chance Myers, Shavar Thomas, and Josh Wolff. Overall, there isn't anyone on the list that jumps out as a must grab for Portland or Vancouver, unlike some other teams' available players. Of the list the most likely to be taken would seem to be either Myers or Leathers who could both slot in on the back line for either team. Other than that, there isn't a whole lot to choose from unless they want to take aging veterans like Conrad, Thomas, or Wolff, which I don't see. The rest of the exposed players didn't play much this season, Aiyegbusi got minimal minutes, Beasley and Kounenakis never saw the field, Chhetri got 45 minutes in the Open Cup qualifier, Hercegfalvi missed most of the season, Hohlbein had a disastrous game against New York and spent much of the rest of the time on loan to Miami, Kronberg got 1 league game. Then there's Diop who played 7 games and got 5 goals, but I don't think either team is going to take him based on that.
As for other potential picks for the two teams, Dax McCarty seems to be the biggest head scratcher on the list and unless he plans to go abroad and has something lined up would be my absolute first pick if I was one of the two teams. Anthony Wallace of Colorado is another name that would do well on either of those two teams. It should be interesting to see how things go in the draft, but it wouldn't surprise me to see no KC players taken.