It seems expansion drafts are quickly becoming the norm in today’s Major League Soccer landscape. Tuesday’s draft marks the third draft in the last four seasons as Los Angeles Football Club begin the painstaking process of adding talent to their club. Head Coach Bob Bradley and his staff have a pool of approximately 300 players to choose from.
In their brief history, LAFC signed Designated Player and Mexican international Carlos Vela and acquired defender Walker Zimmerman from FC Dallas.
Expansion Draft rules
Los Angles Football Club may select up to five players from the eligible MLS player pool.
- There are five rounds
- Can only pick one player from a club
- Three minutes for each selection
- No trades permitted during the draft
Who could leave?
Niko Hansen is a long shot to be selected by Los Angeles, but it could happen. The Sacramento native appeared in 14 matches for the Black & Gold and scored his first and only goal against the Portland Timbers in March.
While the winger doesn’t offer an immediate impact for LA, he could thrive with proper coaching and tutoring under the watchful eye of Vela and Bradley. It could be a potential sleeper pick, or the club could turn Hansen around and trade him to a team for an established winger.
Defender Josh Williams would be an asset for a young expansion team in its first season in MLS. In his ninth season, Williams tied his career high in goals and emerged as a leader for Crew SC down the stretch. He is also versatile, with experience at center back and full back.
With his vast experience, Williams in an attractive defender for Bradley as he builds a strong defensive core for LA going forward. It would be a unique pairing and could prove beneficial to the newly acquired Walker Zimmerman.
If the LA coaching staff did their homework, they would see why Hector Jimenez would be a great fit for the club. The 29-year-old makes his living off being a versatile player.
Whether he plays on the wings, or in the midfield, Jimenez would be a huge asset for LAFC as he can contribute offensively and defensively. The Los Angeles native could return home and play in front of friends and family at the newly constructed Bank of California Stadium, or at the very least, be trade bait for LA.