The Fire's list of eleven "protected" players doesn't really contain any surprises and was relatively easy to figure out from spots 1-9. Dominic Oduro, Patrick Nyarko, Sebastian Grazzini, Marco Pappa, Logan Pause, Gonzalo Segares, Jalil Anibaba, Cory Gibbs, and Sean Johnson seemed to be no-brainers to me. The last two spots which the Fire used to protect Pavel Pardo and Orr Barouch were the wild cards.
I thought Pardo might have gone unprotected as an older player taking up an international spot with a probable substantial pay hike coming in 2012. His desire to play in Chicago also could have served as a deterrent for the Montreal Impact but the organization decided not to gamble with the 35 year old World Cup veteran. The decision to protect Orr Barouch over Dan Gargan and Daniel Paladini indicates to me that the Fire intend to work out a permanent deal with Tigres, who currently own the forward's rights.
As expected goalkeeper Sean Johnson has graduated from the Generation Adidas program and was eligible for selection if not protected. Corben Bone is still part of the program since he hasn't seen much playing time in two seasons and is still automatically protected. Kellen Gulley and Victor Pineda are also not available to Montreal as Homegrown Players.
Here's the full list:
Sean Johnson, Cory Gibbs, Jalil Anibaba, Gonzalo Segares, Pavel Pardo, Logan Pause, Marco Pappa, Sebastian Grazzini, Orr Barouch, Patrick Nyarko, Dominic Oduro
Available for Selection
Jon Conway, Alec Dufty, Yamith Cuesta, Dan Gargan, Steven Kinney, Josip Mikulic, Pari Pantazopoulos, Mike Banner, Mike Videira, Daniel Paladini, Baggio Husidic, Cristian Nazirit, Gabriel Ferrari, Diego Chaves
There are some names on the list which could draw interest from Montreal at 2:00 on Wednesday but teams can only lose one player during this season's expansion draft. Dan Gargan could be an attractive option for Jesse Marsch's Impact as could center backs Josip Mikulic and Yamith Cuesta. Injuries to Steve Kinney and Gabriel Ferrari should keep them safe from selection unless Montreal is really looking to gamble on players going through off season rehabilitation from pretty major injuries.
Daniel Paladini and Baggio Husidic can both play a role in the league as utility players and also stand a chance of being selected. Cristian Nazirit's salary alone is reason enough for Marsch to stay away and Diego Chaves' days in Chicago seem to be numbered although the Fire do hold an option to bring him back in 2012.
The Fire lost John Thorrington and Peter Lowry in last season's expansion draft amid some head scratching decisions but this season seemed pretty straight forward.
2010 Protected List
Banner, Carr, Conde, Husidic, Kinney, Nyarko, Pappa, Pause, Ristic, Segares, Watson-Siriboe