Monday, the New England Revolution released its protected player list ahead of Wednesday’s MLS Expansion Draft for New York City FC (NYCFC) and Orlando City SC (OCSC).
The Revolution’s 11 protected players are: goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, defenders Kevin Alston, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves and Chris Tierney, midfielders Jermaine Jones, Daigo Kobayashi, Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe and forwards Teal Bunbury and Charlie Davies.
As a Homegrown Player, Scott Caldwell is not eligible for the Expansion Draft. Also, the Revolution have completed trades with both expansion teams to guarantee that Diego Fagundez will stay with New England in 2015. All other players on the Revolution roster are now available for selection by either NYCFC or OCSC in Wednesday’s Expansion Draft.
Revolution players available for expansion draft
The MLS Expansion Draft allows both expansion teams to each select 10 players from the other 18 MLS clubs. Teams may not lose more than two players in the expansion draft and once a team has a player claimed from its unprotected list, it can move another player from its unprotected to protected list.
Revolution acquire goalkeeper Joe Nasco
In advance of the expansion draft, the Revolution acquired goalkeeper Joe Nasco and a third round pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for forwards Geoffrey Castillion and Dimitry Imbongo and a second round pick in next month’s SuperDraft.
Signed by the Rapids in February, Nasco, 30, made his MLS debut on August 30 and made four starts for the Rapids, compiling an 0-2-1 record with a 2.32 goals against average. A former police officer in the Gordon County Sheriff’s Department in Calhoun, Georgia, Nasco began his professional career in 2008 with the PDL’s Panama City Pirates before briefly retiring from the game because of injury. He returned in 2012, earning a contract with the NASL’s Atlanta Silverbacks, helping the club claim a berth in Soccer Bowl 2013 while being named to the NASL Best XI.
In exchange for Nasco, the Revolution sent two international forwards, Geoffrey Castillion and Dimitry Imbongo, to the Rapids. Imbongo joined the Revs in July 2012 and added four goals and four assists in 32 regular season and equaled an MLS record by being sent off three times.
Castillion signed with the Revs on August 25 and made one appearance for the club, debuting as a second half substitute on September 3. A native of Amsterdam, the 24-year-old Dutch forward spent his professional career in the Netherlands before coming to MLS.
Revs decline options on 9 players
The Revolution also declined the contract options on nine players: goalkeepers Larry Jackson, Joe Nasco and Luis Soffner, defender Jossimar Sanchez, midfielders Shalrie Joseph, Donnie Smith and Alec Sundly, and forwards Andre Akpan and Tony Taylor. Additionally, defender Stephen McCarthy is now out of contract.
The Revolution roster now stands at 20 players, including Brad Knighton, A.J. Soares and Teal Bunbury, who are still in contract negotiations. All other players have either had their options exercised or have guaranteed contracts.
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