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Sounders lose Anibaba in expansion draft

expandListsOrlando City picked Seattle defender Jalil Anibaba in the today's MLS expansion draft.

With one player lost, the Sounders were allowed to move one exposed player to the protected list, and they chose to protect veteran defender Zach Scott.

However, no other Sounders were taken.

"Looking at this list of players that were chosen, I think there were some picks that were taken with trades already decided between teams, so I think you’re going to see some movement in some of those picks," Seattle sporting director Chris Henderson said. "Whereas when we were going into it, we were looking more to build our roster from the picks we had. I just have a feeling some of these players who were picked are going to be moved on to other teams. That’s a little bit of a surprise."

We have more from Henderson in a new post above.

Below is a news release from the league:

New York City FC and Orlando City SC took big steps towards bolstering their rosters ahead of their 2015 league debuts as each team added ten players in today’s MLS Expansion Draft. Orlando was awarded the first pick and selected 2013 Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year Donovan Ricketts from the Portland Timbers. With the second pick, New York City chose veteran midfielder Ned Grabavoy of Real Salt Lake.

Both Orlando City and New York City rounded out their selections with a cross-section of experienced players and young, exciting talents. Fans in Central Florida will welcome back a familiar face as veteran midfielder Lewis Neal will rejoin his old club having been drafted from D.C. United in the fifth round. MLS Cup 2014 runners-up the New England Revolution had two forwards from their roster drafted – Patrick Mullins and Tony Taylor – both of who will now head to New York City. Mullins, a first-round draft pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, played a part in last weekend’s MLS Cup final providing the assist on the Revolution’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the LA Galaxy.

Prior to the Expansion Draft, each current MLS club had the opportunity to protect 11 players from their 2014 roster. Generation adidas players (who did not graduate at the end of the 2014 season) and Homegrown Players on a club’s supplemental roster were automatically protected, as well as Designated Players with no-trade clauses in their contract.

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