Rapids Announce Protected Players for Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft

COMMERCE CITY CO (ColoradoRapids.com) - The Colorado Rapids today announced their list of 11 protected players for the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft which takes place this Wednesday November 21st at 11am MST.
With the newest expansion club entering the league for next season the San Jose Earthquakes each team in MLS must make a certain amount of their players available for the draft.
San Jose may not claim more than one player from any given team in MLS and will select 10 players meaning that 3 teams will not have a player taken in the expansion draft. At the conclusion of the Expansion Draft results will be posted on the league's website and teams may resume trading.

By the end of the day today each club had released their list of players available for Wednesday's draft.
COLORADO RAPIDS PROTECTED PLAYERS
The Colorado Rapids today released the club's list of their 11 protected players who they will protect from selection in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft.
The eleven players (the maximum number allowed) the Rapids will protect are:
Goalkeeper #1 Bouna Coundoul
Defender #18 Ugo Ihemelu
Defender #3 Facundo Erpen
Defender #27 Kosuke Kimura
Midfielder #11 Terry Cooke
Midfielder #25 Pablo Mastroeni
Midfielder #23 Colin Clark
Midfielder #8 Mehdi Ballouchy
Forward #15 Jacob Peterson
Forward #10 Herculez Gomez
Forward #14 Omar Cummings

In addition to this list Rapids midfielder #21 Nico Colaluca is automatically protected by the Rapids due to his Generation Adidas status.
Also in addition to this list Rapids forward #16 Daniel Osorno has announced his retirement and will not be made available for the draft.
COLORADO RAPIDS PLAYERS AVAILABLE FOR SELECTION
The remaining players on the Rapids roster are therefore available for selection in the Expansion Draft. Those players are:
Goalkeeper #30 Justin Hughes
Goalkeeper #31 Zach Thornton
Defender #32 Cliff Wilmes
Defender #12 Mike Petke
Defender #6 Brandon Prideaux
Defender #29 Tony Sanneh
Defender #4 Dan Gargan
Defender #13 Stephen Keel
Defender #2 Jordan Harvey
Midfielder #9 Jose Cancela
Midfielder #22 Nick LaBrocca
Midfielder #28 John DiRaimondo
Forward #26 Conor Casey
Forward #20 Niko Hernandez
Forward #7 Jovan Kirovski
2007 MLS EXPANSION DRAFT OFFICIAL RULES
Not sure how the draft works? ColoradoRapids.com has you covered! Here are the official MLS rules and regulations concerning the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft:
-Teams may protect 11 total players between their Senior and their Developmental Roster.

-If the Player’s contract expires at the end of 2007 he will still be considered part of the Team’s Senior Roster.

-If a Team protects a player they are not obligated to exercise the player’s option. The team may renegotiate a new budget number for the player as in previous years.

-If a player retires he will not be a part of the Senior Roster but his Team will lose its right of first refusal to him should he ultimately decide to play.

-Designated Players do not have to be protected unless the player has a No-Trade clause in his contract in which case the player must be protected.

-Players on a Team’s Developmental Roster other than Project 40/Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2007 season will be part of the expansion draft.

-Project 40/Generation adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2007 season are automatically protected (teams do not have to use a protected slot on them)

-If San Jose selects a Developmental Player it must offer him a Senior Roster position and he must be on San Jose’s Senior Roster as of the Roster Compliance Date.

-Teams may make available no more than 1 Senior International player. A player shall be considered a Senior International if he will be a Senior International in 2008 (e.g. a 2007 Youth International who becomes a Senior International in 2008).

-For purposes of this expansion process for US-based teams any non-domestic US player would count as an International Player and for Toronto FC any non-domestic US player or non-domestic Canadian player would count as an International.

-Once a player has been claimed from a Team’s non-protected roster that team is eliminated from the expansion draft and may not lose any further players.

-The expansion draft will be composed of 10 rounds
COMPLETE LIST OF MLS PLAYERS AVAILABLE FOR SELECTION
Chivas USA
Arvizu David
Brooks Desmond
Burling Bobby
Burpo Preston
Cunliffe John
Flores Jorge
Guevara Amado
Hamilton Anthony
Llamosa Carlos
Lopez Rodrigo
Hernandez Jason
Merlin Laurent
Myers Justin
Nunez Ramon
Perez Orlando
Robles Eder
Solorzano Erasmo
Zotinca Alex
Chicago Fire
Busch Jon
Banner Michael
Curtin Jeff
Curtin Jim
Franks Floyd
Guerrero Ivan
Gutierrez Diego
Marques Bruno
Noble Nick
Plotkin Brian
Russolillo Jordan
Telesford Osei
Thorrington John
Woolard Daniel
Columbus Crew
Garey Jason
Gaudette Bill
Grabavoy Ned
Griffin Leonard
Guenebaum Andy
Herron Andy
Hunter Ben
Junge Ryan
Miglioranzi Stefani
Moffat Adam
Moss Brandon
Pacheco Andrei
Peterson Andrew
Pierce Rusty
Thomas Jacob
Virtuoso Ricardo
FC Dallas
De Oliveira Denilson
Botero Juan
Daniels Andrew
Dello-Russo Michael
Gbandi Chris
Gbandi Sandy
Goodson Clarence
Jones Scott
Mina Roberto
Oduro Dominic
Pitchkolan Aaron
Rhine Bobby
Sala Dario (GK)
Thompson Abe
Wagenfuhr David
Wileman Chase
Yi Alex
D.C. United
Addlery Nicholas
Carroll Brian
Carroll Jeff
Crowe Shawn
Deroux Stephen
Dyachenko Rod
Gros Joshua
Kpene Guy
Mediate Domenic
Monteiro Jerson
Moose Justin
Mupier Mira
Nolly Jay (GK)
North Brad
Vanney Greg
Walker Jamil
Houston Dynamo
Ashe Corey
Chabala Mike
Cochrane Ryan
Dalglish Paul
Ebert Eric
Hatzke Nick
Hayden John Michael
Hoerner Kenneth
James Jordan
Onstad Pat
Ustruck Erik
Waibel Craig
Wells Zach
Wondolowski Chris
Wondolowski Stephen
Kansas City Wizards
Burciaga Jose
Colombano Eloy
Elcock Edson
Godbolt AJ
Guadarrama Willy
Hartman Kevin
Hohlbein Aaron
John Will
Konopka Chris
Kraus Michael
Kronberg Eric
Lowery Amir
McMahen Ryan
Pore Ryan
Raybould Ryan
Wahl Tyson
Watson Lance
LA Galaxy
Cronin Steve
Caso Mike
Friesz Lance
Glinton Gavin
Gordon Alan
Gray Kelly
Harmse Kevin
Martino Kyle
Mathis Clint
Tudela Josh
Vagenas Peter
Veris Kyle
Xavier Abel
New England Revolution
Byrne Bryan
Dorman Andy
Flood Gary
Franchino Joe
Gonzalez Miguel
Helton Kyle
John Avery
Knighton Brad
Leonard Marshall
Loftus Chris
Mansally Abdoulie
Nyassi Sainey
Riley James
Sims Willie
Warren Doug
New York Red Bulls
Doe Francis
Caccavale Sal
Camp Blake
Cepero Danny
Goldthwaite Kevin
Ikangu Elie
Karcz Chris
Laventure Jerrod
Leitch Chris
Magee Mike
Patterson Randi
Quaranta Santino
Schopp Markus
Ubiparipovic Sinisa
Vide Joseph
Wolyniec John
Real Salt Lake
Brown Chris
Brown Kyle
Curfman Steven
Cutler Kenny
Forko Willis
Hashimoto Duke
Jimenez Christian
Kipre Jean-Martial
Kirby Dustin
Kotschau Ritchie
Lancos Chris
Reynish Kyle
Stewart Jack
Watson Jamie
Williams Andy
Toronto FC
Boyens Andrew
Attakora-Gyan Nana
Braz Adam
Canizalez Maycoll
Djekanovic Srdjan
Gala Gabe
Guzman David
Hemming Tyler
Lombardo Andrea
Lumley Stephen
Melo Joey
Nunez Cristian
Pozniak Chris
Reda Marco
Stamatopolus Kenny