Minnesota United protected 12 players and exposed 14 others to be taken in the MLS Expansion Draft by Nashville SC and Inter Miami on Tuesday.
The key players Minnesota left exposed were released Saturday. They are Ethan Finlay, Angelo Rodriguez, Miguel Ibarra, Abu Danladi, Marlon Hairston, Brent Kallman, Wyatt Omsberg, Bobby Shuttleworth and Lawrence Olum.
The Loons are in danger of losing only one of these players. Once a player is taken from an existing club, all unprotected teammates can’t be selected in the expansion draft.
Finlay, 29, is arguably the most notable player available for the expansion teams. The Duluth-born winger was second on the team with seven goals in 33 of 34 games in 2019.
In October, the Loons declined options on: Rasmus Schuller, Collin Martin, Carter Manley, Wilfried Moimbe-Tahrat and Ally Ng’anzi. They are also available to new teams.
The 12 United players believed to be protected are: Ike Opara, Michael Boxall, Romain Metanire, Chase Gasper, Ozzie Alonso, Jan Gregus, Hassani Dotson, Kevin Molino, Robin Lod, Thomas Chacon, Vito Mannone and Romario Ibarra. Ibarra was loaned out for most of 2019, but its unclear what his contract status is.
Two players automatically protected due to being in Generation Adidas are Mason Toye and Dayne St. Clair.
Minnesota United did not have players selected in the two previous expansion drafts, by Los Angeles FC in 2018 and FC Cincinnati in 2019.