The preamble will likely take longer, and there will definitely be more time spent talking about it afterwards than it takes to complete: don’t expect the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft to be a spectacle, just a potentially significant moment in the off-season.
FC Cincinnati will get five picks with a maximum of three minutes per selection: so 15 minutes from start to finish is all this will take - plus whatever time MLS gives itself for speeches beforehand.
In principle, FCC is picking from the rosters of 18 current MLS teams - all but the five who lost players in last year’s Expansion Draft (i.e. Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City, San Jose Earthquakes, Columbus Crew, and Toronto FC).
The complete list of eligible players is here.
The lists of contracted players the New York Red Bulls protected and left exposed to the Expansion Draft are here.