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.
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.