MLS Expansion Draft: Orlando take Donovan Ricketts, New York City FC pick Neb Grabavoy
Last Updated: 11/12/14 12:06am
Longtime MLS goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was the first player taken in the league's expansion draft on Wednesday.
The MLS will welcome two new teams into its ranks next season - Orlando City SC and New York City FC - and each team was allowed to make ten selctions of players from other teams in order to fill out their squads.
Ricketts, 37, was the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2010 for the LA Galaxy and again in 2013 for the Portland Timbers.
New York City FC took Ned Grabavoy with their first pick, reuniting the midfielder with Jason Kreis, his former coach at Real Salt Lake.
Kreis also used the 10th pick on defender Chris Wingert, who played with Grabavoy under Kreis at Real Salt Lake when they won the 2009 MLS Cup.
The two new teams have already added players through a variety of methods, including free-agent signings.
NYC FC signed Spanish star David Villa and Frank Lampard, who is currently on loan at Manchester City, while Orlando have built around Brazilian star Kaka.
In addition to Ricketts, Orlando also selected Houston midfielder Tony Cascio (24), Philadelphia midfielder Pedro Ribeiro (24) and Houston forward Mark Sherrod (24).
They also pounced on two former top-10 draft picks in Seattle defender Jalil Anibaba (26) and former MLS SuperDraft first overall pick Danny Mwanga (23).
NYCFC mixed both youth and experience with their picks, offsetting the selection of veterans Grabavoy and Chris Wingert with the selection of New England Revolution forward Patrick Mullins (22), D.C. United midfielder Thomas McNamara (23) and Toronto FC midfielder Daniel Lovitz (23).
They also selected 25-year-old striker Tony Taylor, a former US youth international who played in Portugal before joining MLS earlier this year.