Loons leave former MLS All-Star Romain Metanire unprotected in expansion draft

Minnesota United left former MLS All-Star fullback Romain Metanire unprotected for the MLS expansion draft on Tuesday.

Métanire has been a regular holder for three seasons for the Loons, but the club could count on the age of the Malagasy international (31) and his salary ($ 699,250 in 2021) to dissuade Charlotte from choosing him.

The Loons protected 12 players from MLS new team Charlotte FC on Monday. United’s roster included their two goalkeepers – Tyler Miller and Dayne St. Clair – as well as Franco Fragapane, Emanuel Reynoso, Adrien Hunou, Robin Lod, Hassani Dotson, Wil Trapp, Jacori Hayes, Chase Gasper, Bakaye Dibassy and Michael Boxall.

Local players – Patrick Weah, Aziel Jackson and Fred Emmings for Minnesota – are automatically protected by MLS rules.

Minnesota left seven other players under contract for 2022 without protection: Thomas Chacon, Niko Hansen, Nabi Kibunguchy, Justin McMaster, Callum Montgomery, Joseph Rosales and DJ Taylor.

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It seems to be another sign of how the club views Chacon, who came to Minnesota as a designated player in 2019 and was transferred to the league’s new Under-22 initiative before being loaned to the club. Uruguayan Liverpool last season.

Minnesota’s roster also included seven players the club refused to offer contracts for 2022: Brent Kallman of Woodbury, Jan Gregus, Jukka Raitala, Fanendo Adi, Juan Agudelo, Noah Billingsley, Adrian Zendejas. There are also two free agents included on the roster: Ozzie Alonso and Ethan Finlay.

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