The 2019 MLS Expansion draft took place Tuesday evening. Inter Miami and Nashville SC, both joining the league next year, selected five players each from a list of eligible players left unprotected by their respective clubs.
Watch a replay of the draft above and see all of the selections and post-draft trades below. See the full list of player who were eligible for selection here.
2019 expansion draft selections
Inter Miami: Ben Sweat, LB, NYCFC
Nashville: Abu Danladi, F, Minnesota United
Inter Miami: Alvas Powell, RB, FC Cincinnati
Nashville: Zarek Valentin, LB, Portland Timbers (traded with $75,000 TAM to Houston Dynamo for goalkeeper Joe Willis.)
Inter Miami: Lee Nguyen, M, LAFC
Nashville: Jalil Anibaba, CB, New England Revolution
Inter Miami: Luis Argudo, M, Columbus Crew
Nashville: Brandon Vázquez, F, Atlanta United (traded to FC Cincinnati for $150k in 2020 TAM and $50k in 2021 GAM.)
Inter Miami: Bryan Meredith, GK, Seattle Sounders
Nashville: Jimmy Medranda, LB, Sporting Kansas City
Other post-draft trades
- Sporting Kansas City GK Adrian Zendejas to Nashville for $50K GAM, $125K TAM
- Montreal Impact LB Daniel Lovitz to Nashville for $50K GAM, $50K TAM
- Inter Miami acquires FC Cincinnati’s No. 3 MLS SuperDraft pick for $150K GAM
- Only one player can be drafted from any one club.
- Any club that has a player taken will be compensated $50,000 of General Allocation Money.
- There will be five rounds and three minutes per selection with no timeouts.
- No trades are permitted during the draft, but players selected often are traded immediately after the draft.
- Five teams are exempt from this year’s draft because they had players selected by FC Cincinnati in the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft. Those teams are: FC Dallas, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
- Homegrown players under 25 and Generation adidas players who have not yet graduated from the program are exempt from the draft, alon with the up to 12 players each participating club was allowed to protect.