The New York Red Bulls announced the list of players they are protecting in advance of the MLS Expansion Draft.
The 11 players are Luis Robles, Ryan Meara, Kemar Lawrence, Dax McCarty, Sacha Kljestan, Felipe, Mike Grella, Daniel Royer, Gonzalo Veron, Aurelien Collin and Bradley Wright-Phillips. The club's six Homegrown players are automatically protected.
New MLS sides Atlanta United and Minnesota United will each select five players on Tuesday, December 13th. Only one player can be selected from each team.
The Red Bulls have several enticing players unprotected and available for selection. Defenders Gideon Baah, Chris Duvall, and Damien Perrinelle would be automatic starters on the back line of either expansion team.
Duvall appears to be the most likely player to be selected, as he has a cap-friendly contract and is a native to the Atlanta area. Atlanta United has spent a lot of money attracting attacking talent, and could use a cheap yet capable fullback. Duvall has made 59 appearances for the Red Bulls since being drafted out of Wake Forest in 2014. The 25-year old also demonstrated his valuable versatility by filling in at center back during an injury crisis.
Also of note is that Aurelien Collin is being protected by the Red Bulls despite being out of contract. His protected status indicates that the team intends to bring him back next season. He was an essential part of the back line last season, and his mid-season acquisition stabilized a team that was struggling to find its footing.