Getting off the topic of the "Hauptman Letter Debate" for a minute, some important info came out today regarding next Wednesday's MLS expansion draft. Here's the info, [per Steve Goff](http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2009/11/mls_news_notes_1.html#more) (and NaperSteve -- who provided the tip):
> Philadelphia will select 10 players; current clubs must submit their 11-man protected list by Monday afternoon; no club will lose more than one player, which means five teams won't lose anyone; Generation Adidas and home-grown players [(for the Fire that means Baggio Husidic and Patrick Nyarko] need not be protected; developmental players claimed must be offered a senior contract; clubs must protect designated players that have no-trade clauses.
> -Steve Goff's Soccer Insider Obviously there could be some contractual stuff that plays out before Monday afternoon that would change this list but if I were the Fire here's who I would protect right now:
Mike Banner, C.J. Brown, Jon Busch, Wilman Conde, Peter Lowry, Marco Pappa (word is that the Fire will have to protect him despite his expiring loan -- I should have that confirmed in a few minutes), Logan Pause, Dasan Robinson, John Thorrington, Tim Ward, and Daniel Woolard.
I wouldn't include McBride because of his high salary and his likely unwillingness to play for anyone but Chicago. No Mapp either because of the salary concerns he would pose for Philly. Segares doesn't make the cut as he (as detailed yesterday) is likely to leave for Europe and I doubt Philly would want to take a chance with that.
We'll see what the list looks like come Monday though, no doubt it will be very interesting.