Christmas will come early for Orlando City and New York City FC fans.
MLS has reportedly chosen a date for the upcoming expansion draft that will furnish the rosters of the league’s 20th and 21st franchises.
The draft will take place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. The existing teams must turn in their lists of 11 protected players by the same time on Dec. 8, giving two days to assess the options.
The coin flip to decide which team selects first will take place on Sept. 24.
Each team can only lose a maximum of two players to NYCFC and the Lions. Once a player is picked the team he was picked from may add an additional player to its protected list. The expansion draft is only 10 rounds, so not every team will lose two players.
In past, MLS expansion drafts Generation Adidas and Homegrown Players were automatically exempt and do not count against the 11 protected players.
Orlando City announced on Tuesday that they will be keeping at least seven players from their squad this past season (including Kaká, who is on loan at São Paulo), while NYCFC has six players under contract, including Designated Players David Villa and Frank Lampard.
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