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Four players selected in MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage One

Left back Mikey Ambrose, defender Eric Miller, and goalkeepers Kendall McIntosh and Richard Sanchez all were selected in the Re-Entry Draft

Jun 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Fire goalkeeper Richard Sanchez (45) blocks a shot against New England Revolution forward Cristian Penilla (70) during the first half at Bridgeview Stadium. (Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports)

Four players were selected in Stage One of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft Tuesday: left back Mikey Ambrose, defender Eric Miller, and goalkeepers Kendall McIntosh and Richard Sanchez.

Inter Miami CF selected Ambrose, who played for Atlanta United last season, with the first pick. The four-year MLS veteran, who previously represented the Philadelphia Union, has made 25 competitive appearances.

Nashville SC traded Vancouver Whitecaps FC its natural 25th pick and a second round 2020 MLS SuperDraft pick to acquire the second pick in Tuesday’s draft.

With the second pick, Nashville picked Miller, a league journeyman who has represented the Montreal Impact, Colorado Rapids, Minnesota United, and New York City FC. Miller has made 115 appearances in six MLS seasons.

Sporting Kansas City used the fourth pick to select Sanchez, a former FC Dallas homegrown player who spent the last three seasons with Chicago Fire FC. Sanchez made 25 starts for the Fire in 2018, but will likely be Tim Melia’s backup in 2020.

The New York Red Bulls selected McIntosh with the 13th pick. The 25-year-old has been under contract with the Portland Timbers since 2017, but didn’t see much playing time with the first team. He was a preseason trialist for the Red Bulls in 2016.

Per Re-Entry Draft rules, the quartet of players selected Tuesday must either be extended a bona fide contract offer or have their existing contract options exercised. Players with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to the drafting club’s roster.

If a player rejects a drafting club’s offer, that club will hold the rights to the player in MLS.

MLS will hold Stage Two of the 2019 Re-Entry Draft Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. ET.   

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