MLS Expansion Draft 2014 Results: List of Picks for Orlando City FC, NYC FC

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2014

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts takes a moment in the goal before the Timbers' MLS soccer game against Real Salt Lake at Providence Park on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, in Portland, Ore. The game ended in a scoreless tie. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
STEVE DYKES/Associated Press

The 2014 MLS Expansion Draft took place Wednesday, as new franchises Orlando City FC and New York City FC were given the chance to add 10 players each to start finalizing their rosters for the 2015 MLS season.         

Orlando won the right to the first overall pick and selected veteran goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from the Portland Timbers. New York moved for Real Salt Lake's Ned Grabavoy to add some physicality to its midfield.

Below is the full list of selections:

2014 MLS Expansion Draft Selections
RoundOrlando CityNew York City
1GK Donovan Ricketts (POR)MF Ned Grabavoy (RSL)
2MF Tony Cascio (COL)FW Patrick Mullins (NE)
3DF Jalil Anibaba (SEA)DF Jason Hernandez (SJ)
4MF/FW Pedro Ribeiro (PHI)MF Daniel Lovitz (TOR)
5MF Lewis Neal (DC)FW Tony Taylor (NE)
6FW Jairo Arrieta (CLB)MF Mehdi Ballouchy (VAN)
7DF Heath Pearce (MTL)DF George John (DAL)
8FW Danny Mwanga (COL)MF Thomas McNamara (DC)
9FW Mark Sherrod (HOU)MF Sal Zizzo (SKC)
10DF Eric Gehrig (COL)DF Chris Wingert (RSL)

TSN's Luke Wileman reports Lovitz' tenure with NYCFC was shortlived:

With just three minutes permitted between selections, the pace of this year's draft was furious. Both clubs came in with a clear strategy, and it quickly became clear the mock drafts of numerous pundits were close to spot-on.

Ricketts wasn't a particularly flashy selection for Orlando, but the veteran will add a ton of experience to the squad and compete for the starting position from Day 1, as shared by MLSsoccer.com's Darrell Lovell:

Luke Wileman @LukeWileman

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People had been mocking Grabavoy to New York City for weeks, making for arguably the least surprising selection of the entire draft. The 31-year-old midfielder is a smart and reliable player and should combine well with stars Frank Lampard and David Villa.

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Salt Lake used the opportunity to move Carlos Salcedo to the protected list, something that somewhat surprised Goal's Ives Galarcep:

Darrell Lovell @DarrellLovell

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New York City also made an intriguing selection with its second pick, going after the New England Revolution's Patrick Mullins. The talented youngster looked very solid throughout the MLS playoffs, and ITV's Kristan Heneage loved the selection:

Ives Galarcep @SoccerByIves

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Orlando added Lewis Neal, who became somewhat of a fan favorite during his one season with Orlando City of the USL Pro. Galarcep wasn't a huge fan of the selection but understood the mechanics behind the pick:

Kristan Heneage @KHeneage

Patrick Mullins to NYCFC, that's a very good pickup.

New England became the first team to be taken out of the draft after New York City selected forward Tony Taylor in the fifth round.

New York made the conscious choice of going after high-risk, high-reward type players, including several players who will come with some injury concerns. Galarcep didn't mind, however:

Ives Galarcep @SoccerByIves

As some have pointed out, Lewis Neal was a fan favorite with Orlando in 2011. That makes it make some sense.

Grabavoy will be a big piece of the team's midfield moving forward, while Mullins has the potential to develop into a very good MLS contributor. Chris Wingert will also be returning home, a move that will no doubt sit well with the fans.

Orlando appears ready to attack the trade market with a bevy of young prospects, and while the selection of Ricketts will not excite the fans as much as someone like Grabavoy would, adding experience is never a bad thing. Houston's Mark Sherrod could turn into the steal of the draft after showing plenty of potential during his rookie season.

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