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St. John’s to Wrap Homestand with Columbia on Wednesday Night

Looking to rebound from the first defeat of the Mike Anderson Era, the St. John’s men’s basketball team will wrap up its season-opening five-game homestand on Wednesday night when it plays host to Columbia at 7 p.m. inside Carnesecca Arena.

The game will be broadcast live nationally on FS1 with Dave Sims and Jim Spanarkel on the call. Fans can also listen to John Minko and Tarik Turner narrate the action on the Red Storm Sports Network from Learfield IMG College, available on 970 AM WNYM, TuneIn Radio and Sirius XM.

St. John’s (3-1) will seek to bounce back from its first loss of the season, a 70-68 falter at the hands of Vermont on Saturday afternoon that saw the Johnnies erase a 10-point second half deficit before a last-second jumper from reigning America East Player of the year Anthony Lamb. Following their victory, the Catamounts are now receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches Poll.

After posting 14 points apiece in the Red Storm’s last outing, Mustapha Heron and LJ Figueroa are tied for the team lead in scoring with 18.5 points per game entering Wednesday night. Heron and Figueroa are currently tied for fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring and are the team’s biggest threats from deep, accounting for 25 of the Red Storm’s 31 made 3-pointers this season.

Both Heron and Figueroa were on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team and earned spots on watch lists for positional awards presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Heron was named to the watch list for the Jerry West Award, which honors the nation’s top shooting guard, for the third time in as many seasons. Figueroa found a place on the watch list for the Julius Erving Award, which recognizes the top small forward in college basketball.

Figueroa tallied his first double-double of the season on Saturday, recording 14 points and 10 rebounds. Last season, the Lawrence, Mass., native led the team with six double-doubles on the campaign, including a 19-point, 10-rebound showing in the NCAA Tournament against Arizona State.

Sophomore Josh Roberts also logged double-figure rebounds against Vermont on Saturday, pulling down a career-high 13 boards. Roberts has established himself as a dominant paint presence in his second year with the program, leading the team in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and blocks (3.3 bpg).

As a team, the Red Storm has been excelling on the glass, ranking 16th nationally with 45.2 boards per contest through games played on Monday. The Johnnies have corralled 42 or more rebounds in each of their first four outings. Prior to this season, the last time the Red Storm recorded four consecutive outings with 40 or more rebounds came during the final four contests of the 2013-14 campaign.

Columbia enters the contest with a record of 1-3 following a 60-42 loss to defending national champion Virginia on Saturday afternoon. Both of the Lions’ other two losses have been by two points, as Columbia fell by equal scores of 65-63 on the road at Lafayette and Wake Forest.

The Lions have won their only game played in the five boroughs this season, a 75-63 victory over Binghamton on Nov. 13.

In its fourth season under the direction of Head Coach Jim Engles, the Lions are led offensively by senior guard Mike Smith, who is averaging 20.0 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting. The Burr Ridge, Ill., native is also the team’s leading distributor with a shade under five per contest.

No other member of the Lions is averaging double figures on the young season.

After welcoming Columbia to Carnesecca Arena, the Red Storm will hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Mohegan Sun for the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. The Johnnies will open with an NCAA Tournament rematch against Arizona State on Nov. 23 before playing either Virginia or UMass the following day.

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Hofstra MBB Heads West To Historic Pauley Pavilion To Face UCLA

The Hofstra men’s basketball team will begin a three-game, nine-day west coast trip on Thursday when it faces UCLA.

Tip time is slated for 11 p.m. (EST) and 8 p.m. local time from Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom and the game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

Links to watch via the Pac-12 Networks, as well as Pride Productions/WRHU audio, can be found on this page and on the men’s basketball schedule page at GoHofstra.com.

Hofstra will bring a 2-2 record to the west coast after a 111-69 victory over New York Tech this past Friday. It was a night of milestones and career-highs for the Pride as senior Tareq Coburn (23), junior Isaac Kante (19), junior Jalen Ray (19), junior Kevin Schutte (12), and sophomore Omar Silverio (12) all established new career-highs in points. Kante also had his first career double-double (10 rebounds), while senior Desure Buie dished out a season-best 11 assists.

Senior Eli Pemberton moved into 11th-place on the Hofstra all-time scoring list with 1,441 points, passing Leroy Allen (1,435, 1983-87) and Frank Walker (1,437, 1985-89). Buie moved into a tie for seventh-place in career assists at Hofstra with 377, matching the total set by Loren Stokes from 2003-07. Thursday’s game against UCLA will mark the 100th in the career of Pemberton.

Coburn leads Hofstra in scoring and rebounding with averages of 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Pemberton and Ray are tied for second with 14.5 points per outing, while Buie is fourth with 13.3 points and leads the team with 7.3 assists per game.

UCLA is 4-0 this season and most recently posted a 76-61 win over Southern Utah on Monday. Chris Smith leads four players in double figures with an average of 15.5 points per game. Jalen Hill is second on the team in scoring with 13.0 points per outing and leads the Bruins with 8.3 rebounds per game. Tyger Campbell is averaging 10.3 points and a team-best 5.0 assists per contest.

This is the third-ever meeting between Hofstra and UCLA in men’s basketball with the most recent meeting occurring in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. The Pride led that game by four, 33-29, at the break before UCLA rallied to earn a 61-48 victory. Rick Apodaca led Hofstra with 16 points in the game, while Norm Richardson had 12 and Jason Hernandez chipped in with 11. Roberto Gittens added eight rebounds and seven points. The first-ever meeting was a 90-71 Bruins win during the 1979-80 campaign.

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New York City FC Defender Ben Sweat Selected In 2019 MLS Expansion Draft By Inter Miami CF

New York City FC defender Ben Sweat was selected by Inter Miami CF in the First Round of the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft earlier today.

Sweat joined NYCFC in 2017 and made 81 appearances across all competitions. The Florida native scored one goal and chipped in with nine assists in his time at NYCFC.

NYCFC will receive $50,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) for having a player selected in the expansion draft per MLS league rules.

Both Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC could select up to five players each from the eligible pool to help fill out their rosters ahead of their inaugural MLS seasons in 2020.

Clubs were allowed to protect 12 players between their Senior, Supplemental and Reserve rosters. Generation adidas, and Homegrown Players ages 25 and under are automatically protected.

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Everyone at NYCFC would like to thank Ben for his time at the Club and wishes him well at Inter Miami FC.

The Club will announce 2020 roster options later this week. The deadline for MLS clubs to notify the League Office is on November 21 at 1:00 pm ET.

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Last-Second Shot Sinks St. John’s Comeback, 70-68, against Vermont

The St. John’s men’s basketball team erased a 10-point deficit to tie the game in the final minute of play, but Vermont’s Anthony Lamb sank a game-winning jumper with two seconds to go as the Catamounts topped the Johnnies, 70-68, at Carnesecca Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Trailing by nine with 3:19 to play in the second half, St. John’s used a 13-4 run to tie the game at 68 on a Rasheem Dunn three with 19 seconds on the clock. Lamb, the reigning America East Player of Year and a Wooden Award Watch List selection, then nailed a 15-footer with two seconds remaining to give Vermont the victory.

Vermont, the defending America East Champions who won 27 games a year ago, improved to 4-0 while the Johnnies fell to 3-1. Lamb finished with 23 points on 10-of-26 shooting and grabbed 13 boards for his third double-double in four tries this season.

LJ Figueroa led the way for St. John’s once again, tallying 14 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the year. The junior, who drained three of his seven three-point attempts on the day, led the Johnnies with six double-doubles a season ago.

Sophomore forward Josh Roberts pulled down a career-high 13 boards and narrowly missed a double-double with eight points. Seven of Roberts’ 13 rebounds came on the offensive glass.

Mustapha Heron scored eight of his 14 points in the final three minutes during the Red Storm’s charge. Seven of his 14 points came from the foul line, as the senior guard went just 3-for-11 from the floor.

Dunn reached double figures in his first game as a member of the Red Storm, finishing with 13 points and two assists. The Brooklyn native received a legislative relief waiver from the NCAA on Wednesday to become immediately eligible after transferring from Cleveland State.

Marcellus Earlington logged eight points, seven rebounds and three steals in 20 minutes of action. Six of his eight points came during the opening stanza.

The loss marked the first for St. John’s in non-conference play at Carnesecca Arena since Nov. 29, 2016, and snapped a 17-game unbeaten streak against non-league foes in Queens.

St. John’s shot a season-low 34.5 percent from the field and made just five of their 19 attempts from downtown. The Johnnies were 3-for-17 from deep before Heron and Dunn made their clutch triples in the closing seconds. The Red Storm also struggled from the stripe, going 23-for-35.

Neither team found the bottom of the basket with much regularity during the opening few minutes of the contest, as the Johnnies made just four of their first 22 shot attempts on the afternoon.

Trailing by as many as seven, 19-12, with 6:43 to play following 3-pointer from Everett Duncan, the Johnnies pulled within one, 21-20, and had a chance to take the lead before Earlington’s shot was blocked and led to an easy fast-break bucket for the Catamounts. Everett Duncan then added another triple, putting Vermont back ahead by six with 2:12 to go in the half.

Over the final two minutes of the period, the Red Storm turned the tables, outscoring the Catamounts, 11-0, and taking a 31-26 lead into the locker room. Earlington provided the spark for St. John’s during that stretch, making a number of inspired plays on the offensive and defensive end. The sophomore registered three points, two boards, a steal and an assist on the tear. Dunn capped the half with his first field goal as a Johnnie, a foul-line jumper to put the Red Storm ahead by five with time expiring.

Vermont started the second half on a 9-1 run, taking advantage of five St. John’s turnovers in the opening five minutes of action to move head by three, 35-32.

The Catamounts extended the run as high as 17-5, moving ahead by seven, 43-36, on a Lamb 3-pointer with seven minutes gone in the half. St. John’s trimmed the deficit down to one twice during the next four minutes of game action, but Vermont responded with an 11-2 spurt to take its largest lead of the game, 56-46, with 6:41 to go.

Trailing by nine, 64-55, with 3:19 to play, Heron kick started the run with a pair of free throws before a Roberts dunk brought the Johnnies within five, 64-59, with 2:17 remaining. Lamb temporarily stopped the bleeding with a layup at the 1:34 mark, but six straight points from Heron brought the Johnnies within one, 66-65, following a three-ball with 29 seconds to go.

Everett Duncan made two free throws to push the lead back to three on the ensuing possession before Dunn drilled a triple from the top of the key to even the score at 68 apiece with 19 seconds to go.

After the Johnnies nearly forced a five-second violation on a Vermont inbound with 10 seconds to play, Lamb hit the game-sealing shot with two ticks left on the clock and handed the Johnnies their first loss of the season.

The Red Storm will look to right the ship on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena, playing host to Columbia at 7 p.m. on FS1 and 970 AM WNYM.


St. John’s Head Coach Mike Anderson


On Vermont…


“Give credit to Vermont. I thought they played outstanding. I thought they made all the big plays going down the stretch so congratulations to them. With a guy like [Anthony] Lamb with 10 seconds to go, he’s capable of making a big play and that’s what players do.”


On his team’s performance…


“I thought our guys gave their effort. I thought we shot ourselves in the foot between the free throw line and turning the basketball over. You can’t do that. If you look at it, we missed 12 free throws and we had the guys who we want on the free throw line. We turned the ball over 10 times in the second half and we lose by two. These are some errors that we have to clean up. I thought the game was played at their pace.

“We have to come out and we have to get better. We have to take care of the basketball and we obviously have to take care of our home court. We didn’t get the job done and that falls on me.”


On the performance from his bench…


“Marcellus [Earlington] continued to give us a big lift off the bench. David [Caraher], for the limit minutes he played, I thought he gave us some good energy. Rasheem [Dunn], it was his first game, but you can see that he brings another element. Now we have to get the other guys to all get on the same page. Again, it was a hard fought game. It wasn’t a classic, but at the end of the day, there’s a winner and a loser and we came on the wrong side today.”

On Rasheem Dunn…

“He brings readiness to the game for us. He’s a guy that can create for us. To play for a new coach, new style, his first game, he came out and gave us everything.”

On making adjustments…

“We’ll use this as a learning experience for this team. I always say, each game is going to be a test for this basketball team, because you have so many different parts and we just added another part [in Rasheem Dunn]. They’ve got to learn how to go out and function as a team and find a way to win.”


St. John’s Guard/Forward LJ Figueroa


On what went wrong the second half…


“We weren’t taking care of the ball. We weren’t executing. They played well, they stayed poised. You could tell they were experienced playing together. They have great players, a great coach. We just tried to stay poised, but it didn’t end up in our favor tonight.”


On how this game will help the team moving forward…

“It’s definitely going to help us moving forward. First loss we had all year with Coach Anderson, so it’s definitely going to help us. It’s only going to get us better. We believe we’re a stronger team. We have great chemistry. It was a tough loss tonight, but we’re going to come back tomorrow ready to work.”

St. John’s Guard Rasheem Dunn

On what it meant to play in his first game…


“It was a wonderful day. First time playing this year and just having that game, getting my feel back, getting my groove back. Last but not least, being on the court with the team I work hard with all year and every day this summer. We go to practice, play hard, play together, play smart.”


On if taking the three to tie the game was part of the plan…


“It actually wasn’t the plan coming out, but I saw the clock was winding down and we didn’t have much time, so I was just like, ‘let me get a screen and get the big man by himself and put up the shot’ and it went in.”


On his comfort level playing in his first game of the season….


“I felt like I showed up too late for my team and things like that happen when you don’t play for a year. … We were down 10 with under [seven minutes] and we did what we could do to get a W, but unfortunately things didn’t work out that way. Like LJ said, they’re a great team and have a great coach.”

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The long-awaited showdown between undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields and former champion Ivana Habazin has been rescheduled for Friday, January 10 live on SHOWTIME from Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Shields and Habazin will face off for the vacant WBC and WBO 154-pound world titles as Shields attempts to make history as the fastest fighter in boxing, male or female, to become a three-division world champion.

Shields and Habazin were scheduled to fight on October 5 in Flint, Mich. The bout was called off less than 36 hours from the opening bell following an altercation at the official weigh-in that resulted in an injury to Habazin’s trainer, James Ali Bashir. This is the third date for Shields and Habazin. They were first scheduled to meet on August 17 before Shields withdrew due to a minor knee injury.

The January 10 SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will feature a WBA Super Lightweight World Title Eliminator between Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15 KOs) and Keith Hunter (11-0, 7 KOs). The winner becomes the mandatory challenger for WBA Super Lightweight World Championship currently held by Mario Barrios.

Shields vs. Habazin is promoted by Salita Promotions in association with T-REX BOXING PROMOTIONS. Ergashev vs. Hunter is promoted in association with Greg Cohen Promotions. Ticket information for the live event will be announced next week.

The 24-year-old Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) became the undisputed middleweight champion with a near-shutout victory over previously undefeated world champion Christina Hammer in April on SHOWTIME. In doing so, the two-division titlist joined Terrence Crawford, Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins, Oleksandr Usyk and Cecilia Braekhus as the only fighters to have unified all four major world titles in any weight class (Katie Taylor has since joined the prestigious list). On January 10, Shields will seek to make even more history in her sixth headlining appearance on SHOWTIME. With a win over Habazin, Shields would become a three-division champion in just 10 bouts, breaking the record of Vasiliy Lomachenko and Kosei Tanaka, who both accomplished the feat in 12 fights.

“My goal is to become three-division champ faster than any man or woman in history,” Shields said. “This is a very significant fight for both of us. We have both trained really hard twice and great opportunities await the winner, so hopefully three times is the charm.”

Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs), of Zagreb, Croatia, is ranked No. 1 by the WBO at 154 pounds. The 30-year-old, who will be making her U.S. debut, won the IBF Welterweight Title over Sabrina Giuliani in 2014. In her next fight, Habazin dropped a unanimous decision to Braekhus in a historic unification bout where Braekhus picked up all four major world title belts. Most recently, Habazin avenged one of only three losses in her career to Eva Bajic in Zagreb.

Habazin will train in her native Croatia and has dedicated the fight to Bashir.

“I’ve been thinking about this since October and I have more of an incentive now given what happened,” Habazin said. “I feel like I’m fighting for James Ali Bashir, as well as for my own pride and respect. I’m also fighting for my country. I want to make Croatia proud that I am their daughter, and I feel that I now have their full support. Claressa is just a brief stop on my journey. I have bigger dreams and bigger shoes to fill in my life. I’m on my way to fulfilling my personal legend – being crowned the undisputed women’s junior middleweight champion. This is just another step on that journey. Given my faith, I feel that while what happened in October was incredibly unfortunate, this was God’s plan. And I have faith that my hand will be raised in victory in January.”

Shields was the first American boxer in history – male or female – to win consecutive Olympic gold medals. She turned professional following the 2016 Olympics and headlined the first women’s boxing main event in premium television history in just her second professional fight in 2017. Shields became unified women’s super middleweight world champion in just her fourth professional fight, and a two-division champion in her sixth professional contest. She was crowned the undisputed 160-pound champion in her ninth fight, less than three years after turning professional following the 2016 Olympics.

“January 10 is going to be an important date in boxing history as Claressa continues her unprecedented journey toward greatness,” said Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions. “A win over Ivana Habazin would make Claressa – in just her tenth fight – the fastest boxer ever to acquire world title belts in three weight categories. But a very determined, skilled and experienced boxer stands in her way, and Ivana is pursuing her own world championship dream. History will be claimed in the ring on January 10 at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City and live on SHOWTIME.”

“With five world titles in just nine professional fights, Claressa Shields has been making women’s boxing history at a record pace,” said manager Mark Taffet. “Now, in her 10th fight on January 10, she seeks to win a world title in a third weight division faster than any man or woman in history, and in remarkable fashion by going down in weight each time. Claressa continues to render the impossible possible. It’s truly Herstory.”

“Ocean is proud to host Shields vs. Habazin inside Ovation Hall this January,” said Michael Donovan, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Ocean Casino Resort Atlantic City. “We are excited to bring world class boxing to Atlantic City and look forward to more shows in 2020.”

Hard-hitting super lightweight Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15 KOs), of Uzbekistan, is ranked in the top-15 in three of the four major sanctioning bodies. The 27-year-old Ergashev is coming off an impressive fourth round knockout of veteran Abdiel Ramirez this past August on ShoBox: The New Generation. In his previous appearances on the prospect developmental series, the former member of the Uzbek national team scored a third round knockout against then top-10 rated Sonny Fredrickson, and a 10-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Mykal Fox. The hard-hitting southpaw currently trains in Detroit with Javan “Sugar” Hill at the new Kronk Gym with stablemate Vladimir Shishkin.

“My goal is to be the junior welterweight champion of the world in 2020,” Ergashev said. “After I win this fight I will be just one step away from realizing my dream of bringing the world title home to my country Uzbekistan.”

The 27-year-old Hunter is ranked No. 12 in the WBA. A native of Las Vegas, the 6-foot Hunter will make his national television debut against the first undefeated opponent of his career. Hunter, who is the younger brother of former Olympian Michael Hunter, trains at Bones Adams Gym in Las Vegas and is co-managed by former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.

“I’m looking forward to making my national television debut on Showtime,” said Keith “The Bounty” Hunter. “Boxing is in my blood and January 10 will be my chance to take my career to the next level. Ergashev has a bounty on his head, I’m here to collect!”

An industry leading production team and announce crew will deliver all the sights, sounds and drama from Atlantic City. Veteran broadcaster Brian Custer will host the telecast while versatile combat sports voice Mauro Ranallo will call the action alongside Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein and former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi at ringside. Three Hall of Famers round out the SHOWTIME announce team – Emmy® award winning reporter Jim Gray, unofficial ringside scorer Steve Farhood and world-renowned ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. The Executive Producer of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION is David Dinkins, Jr. with Bob Dunphy directing. The telecast will be available in Spanish via Secondary Audio Programing (SAP) with Alejandro Luna and former world champion Raul Marquez calling the action.
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Hofstra MBB Defeats New York Tech 111- 69

Hofstra placed five players in double-figure scoring and scored a David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex record 111 points in a 111-69 victory over New York Tech Friday evening. The 42-point margin of victory was a Mack Sports Complex record as well.

Tareq Coburn had a career-high 23 points to lead all scorers. Isaac Kante had a career-high 19 points while Jalen Ray chipped in with a career-high tying 19 points as well. Kevin Schutte scored a career-best 12 points and Omar Silverio also had 12 points. Kante added 10 rebounds for his first career double-double. Desure Buie had a season-high 11 assists in the contest.

The Pride evened their record at 2-2 on the season with the win while the Bears dropped to 0-4 on the year.

Hofstra raced out to a 15-7 lead 4:10 into the game behind eight points from Ray and five from Coburn. Coming out of the first media timeout, Pemberton drained a three-pointer to extend the Pride’s advantage to 11 (18-7). The Pride would add seven more unanswered points as Coburn added another three, Kante had a fast break dunk, and Coburn had a pair of free throws. The Bears got a three-point play from Szu Yao Sun to stop the run and make it 25-10, but Hofstra answered with a 17-1 run to extend its lead to 42-11 with 8:27 to play following a jumper from Ray. The Bears would outscore the Pride, 14-11, over the next five minutes to make it a 53-25 game with 3:16 to play. But Hofstra would take a comfortable lead, 60-34, at the half. Coburn had 13 points in the opening 20 minutes while Kante added 12 points and Ray had 10.

The second half was more of the same as Hofstra opened the second stanza with a 19-7 run over the first six minutes to go up by 38, 79-41, after a Coburn dunk. The Bears never got their deficit below 33 points the rest of the way as the Pride cruised to victory. The Pride shot 54.2 percent from the floor and made 11 three-pointers in the game. The Bears shot 35.9 percent from the game and committed 17 turnovers that led to 35 Hofstra points.

The 111 points surpassed the previous record of 107 set against Molloy (2017) and Rosemont (2018). The victory margin bested the old mark of 40-points, set in a 102-62 win over Farmingdale State in 2010. Hofstra’s 45 made field goals was also a venue record.

Marcus Saint-Furcy led New York Tech with 16 points. Jeffrey Hayden had 13 points and Collins Onyeike added 11 points and a team-best six rebounds.

Hofstra returns to action Thursday, November 21, when it begins a three-game trip to California with a matchup against UCLA. Game time at Pauley Pavilion is set for 8 p.m. (PST).

-Today’s game marked the first meeting between Hofstra and New York Tech.
-Pemberton moved into 11th-place on the Hofstra all-time scoring list with 1,441 points, passing Leroy Allen (1,435, 1983-87) and Frank Walker (1,437, 1985-89).
-Buie moved into a tie for seventh-place in career assists at Hofstra with 377, matching the total set by Loren Stokes from 2003-07.
-Hofstra’s 60 first half points were the most since a 62-point half against Rosemont on Dec. 22, 2018.
Hal Hughes scored his first career points and pulled down his first career rebounds, finishing with two points and four rebounds in seven minutes.

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New York City FC Submit Protected List for 2019 MLS Expansion Draft

New York City FC has announced their Protected List ahead of the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft.

The draft will take place on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30 pm ET.

Expansion clubs Inter Miami CF and Nashville SC can select up to five players each from the eligible pool to help fill out their rosters ahead of their inaugural MLS seasons in 2020.

Only one player from NYCFC can be claimed.

Clubs are allowed to protect 12 players between their Senior, Supplemental and Reserve rosters. Generation adidas, and Homegrown Players ages 25 and under are automatically protected.

Listed below are the NYCFC players protected, automatically protected, and unprotected for this year’s expansion draft.


1. Alexander Callens
2. Valentin Castellanos (International)
3. Maxime Chanot
4. Héber (International)
5. Sean Johnson
6. Ronald Matarrita
7. Alexandru Mitriță (International)
8. Maxi Moralez (International)
9. Keaton Parks
10. Alex Ring
11. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi
12. Anton Tinnerholm

Automatically Protected:

1. Justin Haak (Homegrown)
2. James Sands (Homegrown)
3. Joe Scally (Homegrown)


1. Luis Barraza
2. Daniel Bedoya
3. Jeff Caldwell
4. Sebastien Ibeagha
5. Gary Mackay-Steven
6. Jesus Medina
7. Eric Miller
8. Abdi Mohamed
9. Ebenezer Ofori
10. Tony Rocha
11. Brad Stuver
12. Ben Sweat
13. Juan Pablo Torres

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