Here are the results from the MLS Expansion Priority Draft (in order of selection) between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers FC earlier today.
SuperDraft – Vancouver 1st overall, Portland 2nd overall
Expansion Draft – Portland 1st pick, Vancouver 2nd pick
Allocation Ranking – Vancouver occupy 1st spot, Portland occupy 2nd spot
Designated Player Ranking – Portland occupy 1st spot, Vancouver occupy 2nd spot
USSF D-2 Priority Ranking – Vancouver occupy 1st spot, Portland occupy 2nd spot
Discovery Ranking – Portland occupy 17th spot, Vancouver occupy 18th spot
Waiver/Re-entry Ranking – Vancouver occupy 17th spot, Portland occupy 18th spot
Lottery Ranking – Portland occupy 17th spot, Vancouver occupy 18th spot
After doing a great deal of research on each of these mechanisms in recent weeks, I think the Whitecaps should be very pleased with how the draft transpired today. There’s no doubt that the SuperDraft is the most valuable mechanism here, but I truly think that the Allocation ranking has more value than the Expansion Draft and similarly, I see the USSF D-2 priority as much more viable option than the DP priority. Check out my fourth and final feature on these mechanisms (with links to the previous ones), for more information on how these things work.