Veteran defender Carlos Mendes and goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul were among the players left unprotected by the New York Red Bulls for Wednesday's 2011 MLS Expansion Draft. The draft is being held to help stock the roster of league's newest team, the Montreal Impact, which will begin play next season.
Mendes has been a member of the Red Bulls organizations since 2005, when the team was still known as the Metro Stars. The 30-year-old is second on the all-time franchise list in games played, games started, and minutes played.
Coundoul was the Red Bulls' primary goalkeeper in 2010 with 27 appearances, but lost the starting job in 2011 and appeared in only 12 games.
Here is the full list of unprotected players:
Goalkeepers: Bouna Coundoul, Alex Horwath, Frank Rost, Greg Sutton
Defenders: Chris Albright, Mike Jones, Tyler Lassiter, Carlos Mendes, Teddy Schneider
Midfielders: Stephane Auvray, Mehdi Ballouchy, Brian Nielsen, Marcos Paullo, Carl Robinson, John Rooney
Generation adidas players (who did not graduate at the end of the 2011 season) and home grown players on the team's off-budget roster are automatically protected and do not count against a team's 11 protected roster spots. New York's protected list is as follows:
Defenders: Stephen Keel, Roy Miller, Tim Ream, Jan Gunnar Solli
Midfielders: Joel Lindpere, Dax McCarty, Rafa Marquez, Dane Richards, Teemu Tainio
Forwards: Thierry Henry, Luke Rodgers
Forward Corey Hertzog (Generation adidas) and forward Juan Agudelo, midfielder Matt Kassel and defender Sacir Hot (Home Grown players) are automatically protected.