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2014 MLS Expansion Draft: Former Chivas USA players Thomas McNamara, Jason Hernandez, Heath Pearce, Sal Zizzo selected

Four former Goats are moving to new teams.

Here's hoping McNamara didn't sign a lease for a D.C. apartment yet.
Here's hoping McNamara didn't sign a lease for a D.C. apartment yet.
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

MLS held the 2014 Expansion Draft on Wednesday, as two new teams, Orlando City SC and New York City FC, need to fill out their rosters ahead of the 2015 season.

Though players not taken in the Dispersal Draft from Chivas USA's 2014 season were not eligible in the Expansion Draft, there were a handful of players with CUSA ties who were either selected or taken off the board once their club had a player selected.

Here's the Once a Goat rundown:

Former Chivas USA midfielder/defender Jorge Villafana was the first player protected once the draft began, as the Portland Timbers lost goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts with the first pick overall to Orlando City. That was a significant move, as Villafana was a popular selection in various mock Expansion Drafts and seemed quite likely to be taken.

Defender Jason Hernandez was the first former Goat to be taken in the Expansion Draft, as he was taken in the third round by New York City FC. Hernandez's pick seemed to be quite a surprise, as he had been with the San Jose Earthquakes since 2008, though he was also an Expansion Draft pick back then, from Chivas USA, when the Quakes were re-starting.

Another former Chivas USA player, midfielder Michael Lahoud, was protected by the Philadelphia Union in the fourth round after another player, Pedro Ribeiro, had been taken by Orlando City.

In the seventh round, Orlando City took former CUSA defender Heath Pearce, who had been with the Montreal Impact last season. In another Chivas connection, Montreal immediately protected Donny Toia, who of course had just been picked up in the Dispersal Draft last month.

Then, in the eighth round, New York City FC took Thomas McNamara, who was just taken by D.C. United in the Dispersal Draft. McNamara grew up in the area, so he is going all the way home, in a sense.

Former Goats winger Sal Zizzo was taken by NYCFC in the ninth round, from Sporting Kansas City.

You can find all of the Expansion Draft selections here.

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