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Expansion Draft: FC Dallas Protected Players List Revealed

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FC Dallas leaves Chala and Lamah exposed in gusty (or clever) fashion.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas
Will Lamah return to FC Dallas next year?
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FC Dallas released their protected list for the upcoming MLS Expansion Draft for league newcomers LAFC and there were surely a few eyebrows raised when the news broke. FC Dallas chose to protect eleven players including Tesho Akindele and Victor Ulloa but left their second leading goal-scorer from last year, Roland Lamah, and the third DP on the roster, Anibal Chala exposed.

What does this mean for the roster moving forward? Clavijo and company did part ways with Walker Zimmerman earlier today sending the defender to LAFC, so could this mean that they are confident the new California-based club will not raid the FC Dallas roster for another player? Is there a handshake agreement in place to not select Lamah and Chala, or is this a sign that FC Dallas truly does not value these players highly enough to leave them exposed?

It should be a fun offseason, y’all, and it truly started this week. What do you think? Is the team playing the odds here, or are you really worried about losing either Lamah or Chala?

Protected Players

  • Kellyn Acosta
  • Tesho Akindele
  • Michael Barrios
  • Cristian Colman
  • Mauro Diaz
  • Carlos Gruezo
  • Matt Hedges
  • Ryan Hollingshead
  • Victor Ulloa
  • Maxi Urruti
  • Jacori Hayes

Exposed or Out of Contract Players

  • Anibal Chala
  • Roland Lamah
  • Carlos Cermeno
  • Eduardo Cortes
  • Maynor Figueroa
  • Hernan Grana
  • Atiba Harris
  • Walker Hume
  • Javier Morales
  • Chris Seitz
  • Luis Gonzalez

Exempt - HomeGrown or Generation Adidas Players

  • Reggie Cannon
  • Jesus Ferreira
  • Jesse Gonzalez
  • Paxton Pomykal
  • Adonijah Reid
  • Bryan Reynolds
  • Coy Craft
  • Aaron Guillen