Ask RBNN: Predicting the Red Bull protected list

As has become common practice, Major League Soccer will be holding another expansion draft on December 11. Unlike in previous years, teams that had players picked in last year expansion draft will not have to worry about getting a player picked.

That means Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, the San Jose Earthquakes, Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC are not at risk of losing anyone. However, that does not apply to the New York Red Bulls so the Red Bull News Network staff put on their GM hats and came up with their own 11 player protected lists.

It is important to remember that Homegrown players on the Supplemental and reserve roster are automatically protected.

Ask RBNN: Predicting the Red Bull protected list

Eric Friedlander

Robles, Long, Parker, Davis, Casseres Jr, Lawernce, Murillo, Kaku, Wright-Phillips, Royer. Ndam.

This was not easy as this squad is incredibly deep. I left Meara unprotected because it looks like Cincy will be acquiring Spencer Richey via trade. I also felt it was important to protect Ndam since Cincy knows all about him and he is a young and talented defender not making a ton of money. Finally, I had to leave Royer unprotected but I’m not worried about him being picked.

John Perdicaro

Robles, Meara, Long, Lawrence, Murillo, Parker, Davis, Casseres Jr, Royer, Kaku, Wright-Phillips

Steve Toto

Robles, Meara, Long, Lawrence, Murillo, Parker, Davis, Casseres, Royer, Kaku, Wright-Phillips

Kyle Debelak

Robles, Meara, Long, Lawrence, Murillo, Parker, Davis, Casseres, Royer, Kaku, Wright-Phillips

Tzvi Machlin

Robles, Long, Lawrence, Parker, Murillo, Davis, Royer, Kaku, Wright-Phillips, Casseres Jr., Meara

Robles and the defense must be kept in place – barring some kind of failure to reach a contract or someone’s transfer to Europe. Davis, Royer, Kaku, and BWP are no-brainers. That leaves just two protected slots. One has to go to CCJ, who is basically the heir-apparent to Tyler Adams and should be expected to start next year.
My last spot will go to Ryan Meara. He has proven himself worthy as Luis Robles’ replacement and might even see MLS starts in 2019 if Luis Robles chooses to undergo some sort of procedure on his partially-torn ACL. He’s also risen to the occasion in several Open Cup runs. Meara is a keeper – literally and figuratively

Joe Goldstein

Robles, Meara, Lawrence, Parker, Davis, Casseres, Royer, Valot, White

FCC says they don’t want to spend on DPs, so I think they could get away with this.

Joe Steen

Robles, Meara, Long, Parker, Lawrence, Murillo, Davis, Casseres, Kaku, BWP, Royer

Liam Pettit

Meara, Long, Lawrence, Parker, Murillo, Davis, Royer, Kaku, BWP, Casseres Jr, Valot

When talking to my So Metro Podcast co-host, he sold me on the idea of not protecting Robles. Do I think the Red Bulls will protect him? Yes. But, he is going to be 35 next season with an injured ACL and he earns 465,000/yr.

I trust Meara as the starter and he is just entering his prime. Long term he might be more of an asset to protect.

I hope Robles is back next year but then again that added cap space could prove vital for RBNY for seasons to come.

This is the RBNN staff picks let us know on twitter and facebook who you think had the best pick and what you would do differently.

Photo by Bill Twomey Photography

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