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Toia, Duvall taken as first picks in MLS Expansion Draft

Montreal Impact, Donny Toia
Montreal Impact, Donny Toia
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Atlanta United and Minnesota United made some significant additions to their rosters in Tuesday’s Expansion Draft, with four defenders and three goalkeepers among those selected.

A pair of fullbacks were taken first as Montreal Impact fullback Donny Toia was the first overall pick by Atlanta United before Minnesota United chose Chris Duvall from the New York Red Bulls.

Zach Loyd and Collen Warner were selected in the second round by Atlanta and Minnesota, respectively. Meanwhile, Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin was one of the most notable picks by the Georgian club as he went in the third round.

Here is a closer look at the full draft order.

1. Atlanta United – Donny Toia (Montreal Impact)
1. Minnesota United – Chris Duvall (New York Red Bulls)
2. Atlanta United – Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)
2. Minnesota United  Collen Warner (Houston Dynamo)
3. Atlanta United – Clint Irwin (Toronto FC)
3. Minnesota United – Mohammed Saeid (Columbus Crew)
4. Atlanta United – Mikey Ambrose (Orlando City)
4. Minnesota United – Jeff Attinella (Real Salt Lake)
5. Atlanta United – Alec Kann (Sporting KC)
5. Minnesota United – Femi Hollinger-Janzen (New England Revolution)


  1. interesting

    Transaction date: 12/13/2016
    LA LA receive: Rights to midfielder Jermaine Jones****** (AH $HIT)
    COL COL receive: LA’s highest 1st round SuperDraft pick (No. 15 as of Dec. 13)
    Transaction date: 12/13/2016
    VAN VAN receive: Right back Sheanon Williams
    HOU HOU receive: General allocation money
    Transaction date: 12/13/2016
    ORL ORL receive: Left back Donny Toia
    ATL ATL receive: No. 8 pick in the 2017 SuperDraft
    Transaction date: 12/13/2016
    TOR TOR receive: Goalkeeper Clint Irwin
    ATL ATL receive: Right back Mark Bloom and General Allocation Money (GAM)
    Transaction date: 12/13/2016
    MTL MTL receive: Right back Chris Duvall and general allocation money
    MIN MIN receive: Costa Rican international Johan Venegas*******(USA/KLINSMANN KILLER)
    Transaction date: 12/12/2016
    LA LA receive: Rights to Miguel Aguilar, natural fourth round selction in 2019 SuperDraft
    DC DC receive: Fourth round selection in 2018 SuperDraft
    Transaction date: 12/12/2016
    POR POR receive: Rights to Kennedy Igboananike, 2017 international roster slot******** (Igboananike AND Adi UP TOP? DAMN….)
    DC DC receive: Second round selection (43rd overall) in 2017 SuperDraft
    Transaction date: 12/11/2016
    ATL ATL receive: Michael Parkhurst
    CLB CLB receive: General allocation money
    Transaction date: 12/11/2016
    ATL ATL receive: Romario Williams
    MTL MTL receive: Conditional third round selection in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The Impact will receive Atlanta’s natural second round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft if Williams appears in a game for Atlanta during the 2017 season

  2. When Toia was taken, that protected Harry Shipp from being taken right? Was anyone else surprised that this happened? Also compared to prior years, not as many players are being selected in expansion draft. Why?

  3. Ouch, tough to lose Saied. Between Trapp, Tchani & Higuain injuries/absences, Saied did a more than admirable job filling in as needed and spent a lot of time on the field for the Crew since his was acquired.

    Good luck being Loony!

  4. expansion drafts have never been about picking players or filling positional needs – its all about gaining leverage/trade-able assets. great times ahead for these 10 players, I doubt half of them even play for these teams next year. second time for Warner & Toia too right?

  5. It really seemed like they were just intentionally screwing each other over… lots of picks blocking options for the other team’s biggest needs.


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