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Report: Expansion Draft could be a thing of the past

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A Yahoo Sports report suggests the league is discussing the possibilities.

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was a bit of a slow news day around these parts with FC Dallas off from training but today things are starting to pick up as a Yahoo Sports report is suggesting that Major League Soccer could be discussing a way to get rid of the Expansion Draft.

Discussion of eliminating the expansion draft has taken place at the committee level within MLS, according to a highly placed league source. The league has used the draft for every expansion team since 1998 with the inaugural seasons of the Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion.

The report goes on to say that the league could instead expand the number of international slots available to each club as a way to get around having the draft.

There is no draft scheduled for this year as the league takes a break from expanding in 2016. The following year will be different as Atlanta and Minnesota join the league.

This would also mean that the seemingly annual dumpster dive that is the Expansion Draft would require teams not to have to compile lists of players that they are okay parting with. While I enjoyed the discussions with all of you as to who FC Dallas should protect or place on their unprotected list, I won't lose too much sleep over not having this additional roster building mechanism floating around.