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LAFC exempt from Austin FC’s expansion draft

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MLS: Los Angeles FC at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Austin FC are set to conduct their MLS expansion draft Tuesday afternoon, but Los Angeles Football Club will not play a part in the proceedings.

MLS now has a rule that teams cannot lose players in back-to-back expansion drafts, and as a result of Inter Miami selecting Lee Nguyen last year in the expansion draft, that means no LAFC players will be available for selection by Austin FC.

That means LAFC did not have to submit a list of protected players for the expansion draft, likely a load off their minds as they prepare for their Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal clash against Cruz Azul on Wednesday.

Like LAFC, Austin will select five players in their expansion draft. LAFC’s draft turned out to be quite successful, as they drafted Latif Blessing, still with the team and a starter, as well as Tyler Miller and Marco Ureña, who each started while they were at the club. The other two selections, Jukka Raitala and Raheem Edwards, were packaged in a deal that brought Laurent Ciman to the club.

For context, Nguyen didn’t even last the season with Inter Miami, as he was traded to the New England Revolution in September for a fourth-round draft pick and up to $50,000 in allocation money. That’s it! I think he’s happier in New England but have to say, that pick didn’t really work out for Inter Miami.

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