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AP photo by Mark Zaleski / Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry laughs with MLS host Susannah Collins before announcing Nashville's second selection during a Major League Soccer expansion draft party Tuesday in Nashville. The team selected Zarek Valentin from the Portland Timbers.

Major League Soccer expansion teams in Nashville and Miami filled out their rosters for next season via the league's expansion draft Tuesday.

Each selected five players each from a pool of 222 left unprotected by their current MLS teams.

Miami added defender Ben Sweat, a Florida native, from New York City Football Club with its first selection. Sweat, a first-round draft pick by the Columbus Crew in 2014, has played three seasons in New York. This past season he appeared in 18 games with 13 starts.

Miami also added Cincinnati defender Alvas Powell, Los Angeles Football Club midfielder Lee Nguyen, Columbus midfielder Luis Argudo and Seattle backup goalkeeper Bryan Meredith.

"We're excited about what we were able to accomplish with this draft," said Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough. "We feel we are gaining momentum ahead of the 2020 season."

some text AP photo by Mark Zaleski / Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts stands with MLS host Susannah Collins as he announces the selection of Jalil Anibaba as Nashville's third pick during a Major League Soccer expansion draft party on Tuesday in Nashville.

With its first pick, Nashville selected Minnesota striker Abu Danladi, who played in 24 games this past season with four starts and a pair of goals.

Nashville also selected Portland defender Zarek Valentin, New England defender Jalil Anibaba, Atlanta forward Brandon Vazquez and Sporting Kansas City defender Jimmy Medranda.

Nashville traded Valentin to the Houston Dynamo for goalkeeper Joe Willis. The expansion team also acquired goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money and a 2020 international roster spot, and Nashville got allocation money from Cincinnati in exchange for Vazquez.

Nashville also acquired defender Daniel Lovitz from the Montreal Impact in exchange for allocation money and a 2020 international roster spot.

Miami traded allocation money for Cincinnati's No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, a Nashville native, helped announce Nashville's picks at an expansion draft party. Earlier this week, Nashville announced it would host Atlanta United FC in the team's first official match on Feb. 29. Atlanta, which recently completed its third season, won the MLS Cup title in its second year.

Inter Miami's first home match will be March 14 against the L.A. Galaxy at the new Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

The Galaxy also re-signed midfielder Sebastian Lletget.

some text A Nashville SC fan looks for a seat before the start of the team's Major League Soccer expansion draft party Tuesday.
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