With two expansion teams coming in to Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2017, Tuesday saw the 2017 Expansion Draft. That impacted both of Texas’ MLS teams with Houston having Collen Warner selected, while Zach Loyd was selected from FC Dallas.
Loyd was selected by Atlanta United after being left unprotected in the expansion draft, and leaves after having been the longest serving player in Frisco. Loyd has the third most league appearances for FC Dallas with 180, behind Jason Kreos and Bobby Rhine.
At 29 Loyd will be a useful pickup for Atlanta United, with some time left in his legs, and has captaincy experience at FC Dallas. Loyd managed four goals and eight assists in his time with FC Dallas, which was his only MLS club until Tuesday. Loyd’s injury, sustained in the US Open Cup may be a concern with the defender having not played since June.
Warner was taken by Minnesota United with the immediately next selection after Loyd’s selected option. It seems to have been something Houston were happy to have happen, since Warner was out of contract following the season and now Minnesota will have to negotiate his contract.
This marks the second time that Warner has been selected in an expansion draft, having jointed Montreal Impact after the 2011 expansion draft. Warner joined Houston at the start of the season from Toronto FC, playing 24 matches, while also playing two appearances for their United Soccer League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.
Prior to the expansion draft, Houston Dynamo made a separate move sending Sheanon Williams to Vancouver Whitecaps. Williams joined Houston in 2015 from Philadelphia Union, along with an international roster slot for allocation money and ‘future considerations’. Allocation money was the exchange again, as Houston got General Allocation Money from Vancouver for the defender.