All Whites duo Jake Gleeson and Kip Colvey won't be moving to Los Angeles, at least for now, after being overlooked in the Major League Soccer expansion draft.
With the league welcoming another franchise from Los Angeles, LAFC, each of the 22 existing teams had to make a number of players available to be selected by LAFC.
Each team was able to protect 11 players on their senior, supplemental and development rosters, with the rest going into a player pool for the draft. No other Kiwis were available for selection.
Goalkeeper Gleeson and defender Colvey will remain with the Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes respectively, however that could change through off-season moves.
With their five picks in the draft, LAFC selected Seattle goalkeeper Tyler Miller, Kansas City forward Latif Blessing, San Jose forward Marco Urena, Columbus defender Jukka Raitala and Toronto forward Raheem Edwards.
LAFC will make their debut in the competition in the 2018 season, which begins in March.