Major League Soccer

MLS releases details of Montreal expansion draft

Head coach Jesse Marsch and the 2011 expansion Montreal Impact have signed two players to date: defender Nelson Rivas and midfielder Hassoun Camara. On Wednesday, they learned when they'll be able to get some teammates, as Major League Soccer announced the date and details of the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft.

The draft will take place on Wednesday, November 23, beginning at 11 a.m. PT.

As in past years, the expansion draft will last 10 rounds, meaning the Impact will select 10 players.

Current MLS clubs will be allowed to protect 11 players from their 2011 roster, though there are several categories of players who have special status. 'Generation adidas' players and Homegrown players on the team’s Off-budget Roster - i.e. Philippe Davies, Nizar Khalfan, Michael Nanchoff, Omar Salgado, Brian Sylvestre, and Russell Teibert - are automatically protected, without counting as one of the team’s 11 protected spots.

Designated Players do not have to be protected unless the player’s contract includes a no-trade clause.

Clubs must submit their protected roster to MLS on Monday, November 21.

Click here for complete 2011 MLS Expansion Draft rules.