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LAFC decline to select players in 2017 Waiver Draft

To be fair, most of MLS didn’t pick anyone either.

MLS: LAFC Groundbreaking Ceremony Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

MLS held the 2017 Waiver Draft on Wednesday, and most teams, including expansion side Los Angeles Football Club, held firm and did not select any players. In fact, just two players were selected, defender Kip Colvey by the Colorado Rapids, and goalkeeper Clement Diop by the Montreal Impact.

The two selections this year are, in fact, a 200 percent increase from the last edition of the Waiver Draft, in which no players were selected. It will be interesting to see if the Waiver Draft and its cousin, the Re-Entry Draft (first round coming on Friday!) will go the way of the dodo in the near future, with so few teams participating these days.

All of the players who have gone unselected in the Waiver Draft are now free agents, not “Free Agents” who are MLS veterans with at least eight years of experience who have earned the right to sign with any team in the league without prior restrictions, but literal players without ties to any MLS team and therefore available to anyone. Some of these guys will get looks in preseason training camp, perhaps even a few from LAFC, and some of those players will get new contracts for 2018. So no new LAFC players directly from the Waiver Draft, but we may see a few familiar names come around for training camp.

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