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Who should the LA Galaxy protect in MLS 2017 Expansion Draft?

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Landon Donovan, for one

Orlando City SC v Los Angeles Galaxy Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

With Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC entering the league next year, the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft is set to take place three days after MLS Cup in Los Angeles.

Here at SB Nation we didn’t feel like waiting that long, so we’re throwing our own mock expansion draft next week.

The rules are simple: Atlanta FC and MNUTD are allowed to make five selections from the league’s 20 clubs, for a total of ten picks. No team can lose more than a single player. Each club is allowed to protect eleven players, and Generation Adidas players and Homegrowns are exempted.

So who did we end up protecting?

Protected list

Emmanuel Boateng
Ashley Cole
AJ DeLaGarza
Landon Donovan
Giovani dos Santos
Sebastian Lletget
Jack McBean
Brian Rowe
Daniel Steres
Jelle Van Damme
Gyasi Zardes

Unprotected

Leonardo Da Silva
Clement Diop
Rafael Garcia
Steven Gerrard
Alan Gordon
Baggio Husidic
Bradford Jamieson IV*
Robbie Keane (departing)
Dan Kennedy
Jeff Larentowicz
Ariel Lassiter*
Mike Magee
Raul Mendiola*
Robbie Rogers
David Romney
Oscar Sorto*
Jose Villareal

Thoughts? Here’s to hoping no one selects Robbie Rogers. At least we managed to hold onto AJ.