The bottom line for the Sounders is that the club will likely lose one player from its considerable depth. I discussed the issue with general manager Adrian Hanauer earlier this month.
I include a release on the league rules below. And below that, a clarification on the Designated Player rule, which is often misunderstood:
Major League Soccer will hold the 2012 MLS Expansion Draft via conference call on Wednesday, November 23,2011 at 2 p.m. ET.
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The League’s 19th team, the Montreal Impact, will select 10 players during the 10-round draft.
Each current MLS club will have the opportunity to protect 11 players from their 2011 roster.
Generation adidas players (who will not graduate at the end of the 2011 season) and Homegrown Players on the team’s Off-budget Roster are automatically protected and do not count against each team’s 11 protected roster spots. Designated Players do not have to be protected unless the player has a no trade clause in his contract.
Clubs must submit their protected roster to MLS on Monday, November 21.The protected rosters will be made public later that day.
By the way, that line about the Designated Players is technically correct as written, but is often misunderstood. When it says Designated Players do not have to be protected, it doesn't mean they are automatically protected by their DP status. It means that their club can leave them unprotected just like any other player and if so, Montreal can claim them just like any other player. Bottom line for the Sounders is that they'll need to use two of their protected spots on Fredy Montero and Alvaro Fernandez in order to hold on to them.