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UPDATE: Sherrod Selected in Expansion Draft, Traded to San Jose

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The Houston Dynamo gambled on Mark Sherrod not being taken in the latest MLS Expansion Draft and they lost as he was picked up by Orlando City SC. Following his selection, he was shipped off to San Jose where he will reunite with former head coach Dominic Kinnear.

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The 2014 MLS Expansion draft is over and there were quite a few surprised onlookers over the course of the draft as Orlando City SC managed to shock everyone with Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts as their number 1 overall pick. Ricketts, alongside former Houston Dynamo man Tally Hall will make for a strong goalkeeping tandem unless one of the two is used in a trade.

The Houston Dynamo escaped losing players for most of the draft until the 9th round when Orlando City SC selected up-and-coming forward Mark Sherrod. Following his selection, the Houston Dynamo were allowed to protect another player and they opted to protect recently acquired goalkeeper Joe Willis which gives Houston a solid goalkeeper alongside homegrown product Tyler Deric.

Sherrod found success early in the season for the Dynamo as he proved his talents as a quality hold up player, but also a gifted finisher with strength in the air until a torn ACL sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Mark Sherrod was the last player to be left off the protected list and was one that many Dynamo fans wished was protected due to his high upside. Tony Cascio, who was on loan to Houston from the Colorado Rapids last season, was also selected by Orlando City SC. Orlando now has all three of our ACL crew from last year with Cascio, Sherrod, and Hall.

Here are the complete results of the draft:

Round/Team

Player Taken

Team Selected From

1.      Orlando City SC

Donovan Ricketts

Portland Timbers

1.      New York City FC

Ned Grabavoy

Real Salt Lake

2.      Orlando City

Tony Cascio

Colorado Rapids

2.      NYCFC

Patrick Mullins

New England Revolution

3.      Orlando City

Jalil Anibaba

Seattle Sounders FC

3.      NYCFC

Jason Hernandez

San Jose Earthquakes

4.      Orlando City

Pedro Ribeiro

Philadelphia Union

4.      NYCFC

Daniel Lovitz

Toronto FC

5.      Orlando City

Lewis Neal

D.C. United

5.      NYCFC

Tony Taylor

New England Revolution

6.      Orlando City

Jairo Arrieta

Columbus Crew SC

6.      NYCFC

Mehdi Ballouchy

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

7.      Orlando City

Heath Pearce

Montreal Impact

7.      NYCFC

George John

FC Dallas

8.      Orlando City

Danny Mwanga

Colorado Rapids

8.      NYCFC

Tommy McNamara

D.C. United

9.      Orlando City FC

Mark Sherrod

Houston Dynamo

9.      NYCFC

Sal Zizzo

Sporting Kansas City

10.  Orlando City

Eric Gehrig

Columbus Crew SC

10.  NYCFC

Chris Wingert

Real Salt Lake

-----------UPDATE----------------

Following Mark Sherrod's selection by Orlando City SC, he has officially been traded to the San Jose Earthquakes for a 2nd round pick (25th overall) in this year's SuperDraft. The move will reunite Sherrod with former Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear.