USA-based Nigerian-born midfielder, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu has been declared eligible for the 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) waiver draft, despite his lack of prominence in the 2018 season.
Sports247.ng gathered that Wheeler-Omiunu gets the nod, after making a single appearance as a substitute for Atlanta United against Minnesota United on April 1 and played ten games for the reserve team.
Consequently, Wheeler-Omiunu entered the next stage of the MLS off-season on Wednesday with the MLS Waiver Draft which will give all 23 teams a chance to continue adding to their respective rosters.
Wheeler-Omiunu was part of the surge, a day after MLS announced the list of eligible players for the Waiver Draft, which includes players who are not eligible for Re-Entry or Free Agency.
It is also for players who are out of contract and have not been issued a genuine offer or have not seen their 2019 options exercised.
The rules further state that players who are under contract but are later selected in the Waiver Draft will be automatically added to the drafting club’s roster.
Clubs that claim out of contract players, must issue a genuine offer to the selected player.
MLS stated: “The Waiver Draft selection process will be determined by reverse order of the final standings during the 2018 MLS season, taking into account postseason performance.
“The San Jose Earthquakes will have the first pick, while 2018 MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United will have the 23rd pick. Expansion side FC Cincinnati will have the 24th pick.”