RSL Releases Protected List in Advance of MLS Expansion Draft

Portland & Vancouver to Make Picks at Noon MT on Wednesday


Portland Timbers & Vancouver Whitecaps to Begin
Building Rosters in Earnest during Wednesday’s Draft;

Draft Conference Call to be Streamed Live Online at beginning at 11:45 a.m. MT


Utah (Monday, November 22, 2010)
In conjunction with
Major League Soccer, Real Salt Lake has announced the 11 players on
the club’s Protected Player list
in advance of the 2011 MLS Expansion
Draft this Wednesday, November 24
. The following 11 RSL players will not be
eligible for selection by the Portland Timbers or Vancouver Whitecaps when the
expansion sides make their picks in two days’ time:


GK Nick Rimando

DF Tony Beltran

DF Nat Borchers

DF Jamison Olave

DF Chris Wingert

MF Kyle Beckerman

MF Will Johnson

MF Javier Morales

FW Fabian

FW Paulo Junior

FW Álvaro Saborío


In addition to those
11 players, MF Luis Gil is automatically protected as a current member
of the Generation adidas player development initiative. Existing MLS
squads can lose a maximum of two players in the Expansion Draft, with teams
allowed to pull a player back onto its Protected Player list once one of its
members has been selected by the Timbers or Whitecaps, both of which will be
able to select 10 players. A complete list of the Expansion Draft rules and
eligible players can be found on the Expansion
Draft Page


With the Protected
Player list established, this means that the following players currently under
contract with Real Salt Lake will be available for selection by Portland and
Vancouver. Representatives from all 18 MLS clubs will participate in an Expansion
Draft teleconference which will be streamed on during a special LIVE
edition of ExtraTime Radio, with coverage beginning at 11:45 a.m. MT and the
draft following at noon.


Goalkeepers: Tim
Melia, Kyle Reynish

Defenders: David
Horst, Rauwshan McKenzie, Robbie Russell, Chris Schuler

Midfielders: Jean
Alexandre, Nelson Gonzalez, Ned Grabavoy, Alex Nimo
(2010 Generation adidas
graduate), Collen Warner, Andy Williams

Forwards: Pablo
Campos, Robbie Findley


With much interest
surrounding the status of Findley, Real Salt Lake V.P. of Soccer Operations and
General Manager Garth Lagerwey issued the following statement regarding
the striker’s ongoing contract negotiations with the club and Major League


“Robbie Findley has informed us that he has offers overseas
and will be pursuing an opportunity outside of Major League Soccer as the next
step in his career,” said Lagerwey.  “We respect his decision and thank
him for his immensely valuable contributions to Real Salt Lake, as we could not
have won a championship without him. We wish Robbie the best of luck with his
future endeavors.” / / /