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Real Salt Lake protected list for SB Nation mock expansion draft

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SB Nation will be publishing a Mock Expansion Draft next week, and you'd best believe that Real Salt Lake will have some players mock-selected.

In the interest of transparency, and because we think you might like to know, here's who we've mock-protected. You'll notice that this is strikingly similar to the list we produced a week ago, but that one player is noticeably absent.

That, of course, is Carlos Salcedo, and this probably doesn't come as a surprise after he asked RSL to not pick up his option. That's not the sort of thing you can really come back from, even if the general manager he called out doesn't end up staying at the club. We've replaced him with Olmes Garcia, who was neck-and-neck with Luke Mulholland on our list.

Without further ado, here's your list. If you check out the contributor expansion draft poll results, you'll see that we've hit every player we wanted to protect except Ned Grabavoy (and Salcedo.) We regret that he couldn't make this list, and we respectfully ask MLS to extend the protected list to 12 players.

  • Beckerman
  • Beltran
  • Garcia
  • Gil
  • Jaime
  • Morales
  • Mulholland
  • Plata
  • Rimando
  • Saborio
  • Schuler