Major League Soccer is set to introduce their 25th and 26th clubs for the 2020 season, and with their additions come yet another edition of the MLS Expansion Draft.
With Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC set to enter the fold, both clubs will have their chance to select from a pool of current MLS players from the around the league. Each team will make five selections from the 222 available players, with Inter Miami winning the draw for first selection.
Since joining the league ahead of the 2007 season, Toronto FC has had its fair share of activity in the Expansion Draft over the years.
2006 – Toronto FC
Announced as Major League Soccer’s first Canadian club, the Reds got their first taste of the Expansion Draft on November 17, 2006 to help form a roster for their inaugural campaign.
|1||Paulo Nagamura||LA Galaxy|
|2||Danny O'Rourke||New York Red Bulls|
|3||José Cancela||New England Revolution|
|4||Adrian Serioux||Houston Dynamo|
|5||Nate Jaqua||Chicago Fire|
|6||Rod Dyachenko||D.C. United|
|7||Jason Kreis||Real Salt Lake|
|8||Tim Regan||Chivas USA|
|9||Ritchie Kotschau||Columbus Crew|
|10||Will Hesmer||Kansas City Wizards|
TFC made 10 selections, however only one player (Nagamura) actually ended up taking the field for the Reds, with the others moved before the start of the 2007 season.
2007 – San Jose Earthquakes
After moving the franchise to Houston to become the Dynamo at the end of the 2005 season, the Earthquakes re-established themselves ahead of the 2008 season.
San Jose picked up Canadian midfielder (and current Toronto FC II assistant coach) Chris Pozniak with their tenth and final pick after making 22 appearances with the Reds, although he was later traded to Chivas USA.
2008 – Seattle Sounders FC
Our MLS Cup rivals made the jump to MLS ahead of the 2009 season and picked up a Red along the way.
With their fourth pick, the Sounders selected New Zealand international Jarrod Smith. The Kiwi made 22 appearances for TFC scoring once.
2009 – Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia were awarded their long-awaited MLS club ahead of the 2010 season, but did not select any TFC players with their picks.
2010 – Portland Timbers FC & Vancouver Whitecaps FC
MLS rounded out the Cascadia region ahead of the 2011 season, with both clubs having 10 picks each.
Canadian rivals Vancouver selected Jamaican forward O'Brian White (44 appearances, 4 goals) with the 12th pick of the draft but was soon traded to Seattle without appearing for the ‘Caps.
2011 – Montreal Impact
Our archrivals made their move to MLS ahead of the 2012 season but did not select any Reds to round out their first MLS roster.
2014 – New York City FC & Orlando City SC
MLS added two new Eastern Conference clubs ahead of the 2015 season.
Daniel Lovitz was selected by NYCFC with the eighth overall pick but was subsequently traded back to TFC just hours later in exchange for allocation money.
2016 – Atlanta United FC & Minnesota United FC
MLS added another two clubs just two years later, one each to the East and West.
Atlanta selected goalkeeper Clint Irwin with the fifth overall pick. However, much like Lovitz, Irwin was quickly traded back to TFC in exchange for allocation money and defender Mark Bloom.
2017 – Los Angeles FC
MLS went west once more to add a city rival to LA with Bob Bradley at the helm.
With their fifth and final pick, LAFC selected Toronto native Raheem Edwards (27 appearances, 1 goal), but was later traded to Montreal ahead of the 2018 season.
2018 – FC Cincinnati
By virtue of losing Edwards the year prior, the Reds were exempt from losing any players to Cincinnati ahead of the 2019 MLS season.