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Philadelphia Union leave Haris Medunjanin exposed for MLS expansion draft

The Philadelphia Union left 11 players exposed for Tuesday’s Major League Soccer expansion draft, the club announced Monday.

Warren Creavalle, Borek Dockal, Fabinho, Marcus Epps, Richie Marquez, John McCarthy, Jake McGuire, Haris Medunjanin, Kacper Przybylko, Jay Simpson and Josh Yaro were left exposed by the club. 

David Accam, Alejandro Bedoya, Andre Blake, Cory Burke, Jack Elliott, Ray Gaddis, Ilsinho, Olivier Mbaiza, Fafa Picault, Keegan Rosenberry and C.J. Sapong were protected by the club, while Auston Trusty, Mark McKenzie, Brenden Aaronson, Anthony Fontana, Derrick Jones and Matt Real were automatically protected as Homegrown players. 

The notable name on the exposed list is Medunjanin, who played 64 games during the last two seasons for the club in a central midfield role. 

Medunjanin is the lone player on the exposed list that’s been confirmed to be coming back for the 2019 campaign, while the others either had their contract options denied, were out of contract or not under contract, but trying to get a deal done for the 2019 campaign. 

Medunjanin is in a precarious situation on the roster at 33 years old with Homegrown midfielder Derrick Jones ready to earn more first-team minutes in a starting role. 

Leaving the Bosnian midfielder off the protected list doesn’t mean he’ll be chosen by FC Cincinnati on Tuesday, and given his age, he might not be an intriguing option for the expansion side as it looks to build up its MLS roster. 

Conversely, an argument can be made a team like Cincinnati would value someone as experienced as Medunjanin to fill one of the holes on its roster. 

If a Philadelphia player is selected on Tuesday, the Union will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money. 

By placing a majority of players not returning for 2019 on the exposed list, the Union give themselves a chance to get a return for an outgoing player, similar to what they did when they traded Fabian Herbers to the Chicago Fire for a second-pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Sunday. 

The Union have had four players selected in the expansion draft in club history, with Pedro Riberio being the last one taken by Orlando City in 2014. 

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