The 2014 MLS Expansion Draft begins at 11:00 a.m. PST on Wednesday, and you can follow along with the conference call live. Orlando City SC and New York City FC will alternate picks in the 10-round draft, selecting from the available players lists of the existing 18 MLS teams. No team can have more than two players selected from its available players list.
The San Jose Earthquakes were able to protect 11 players from selection, including both the team's designated players Chris Wondolowski and Matias Perez Garcia. In addition, Homegrown Player Tommy Thompson is exempt from the draft.
Notable Earthquakes players that are available for selection include Cordell Cato, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, and Yannick Djalo. Cato, a 22-year old Trinidad and Tobago international, seems the most likely player to find a new home via the Expansion Draft.
Another available player is goalkeeper Jon Busch, who is currently out of contract. The 38-year old had one of the best seasons of his MLS career in 2014, but the Quakes appear ready to let him go. Just hours before the Expansion Draft, the Earthquakes announced that they had signed 25-year old goalkeeper David Bingham to a new contract. Bingham, a recent graduate of the league's Generation Adidas program, is now the front-runner to start at goalkeeper for the Quakes in 2015.