Inter Miami’s inaugural roster will get a boost this winter when the club can select up to five current Major League Soccer players in the league’s 2019 Expansion Draft.
Inter Miami and Nashville SC, the other expansion team, will alternate picks. Each current MLS team can protect up to 12 players from the eligible players list.
The No. 1 overall pick will be determined by a coin flip as part of festivities around the final day of the 2019 regular season.
Five clubs are exempt from providing players for the draft because they had players selected by FC Cincinnati in the 2018 Expansion Draft. Those teams are: D.C. United, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo and the New York Red Bulls. So, no players from those clubs will be eligible for selection by Inter Miami or Nashville.
Notable former expansion draft picks include a pair of LAFC’s 2017 selections: Latif Blessing and Tyler Miller. Blessing has six goals and five assists, and Miller has recorded nine shutouts for the top-ranked club. FC Cincinnati selected Darren Mattocks and Roland Lamah in 2018, and both became regular contributors for the club this season.
The MLS SuperDraft, which takes place in early January 2020, includes graduating college players. Training camp is scheduled to begin in mid-January, and the season kicks off in early March.