Inter Miami, whose front office is led by former Atlanta United director of soccer operations Paul McDonough, had the first pick in the expansion draft after winning a coin toss.
Inter Miami and Nashville made five picks each.
Inter Miami selected NYCFC left fullback Ben Sweat with its first pick, followed by Cincinnati right fullback Alvas Powell, LAFC midfielder Lee Nguyen, Columbus midfielder Luis Argudo and Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith.
McDonough announced Inter Miami’s selections.
Nashville selected Minnesota striker Abu Danladi with its first pick, followed by Portland defender Zarek Valentin, New England defender Jalil Anibaba, Vazquez and Sporting KC’s Jimmy Medranda.
John Ingram, Nashville’s owner, was among a group of different people who each had a turn announcing a selection.
Atlanta United had left unprotected: Mikey Ambrose, Jon Gallagher, Jose Hernandez, Alec Kann, Kevin Kratz, Jeff Larentowicz, Justin Meram, Brendan Moore, Luiz Fernando Nascimento, Michael Parkhurst, Dion Pereira, Flo Pogba, Brek Shea and Vazquez.
Each team could protect as many as 12 players. Those who are Homegrown Contracts or Generation Adidas contracts were automatically protected. Once a team lost a player, none of its remaining players could be selected.
Five teams, FC Dallas, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps FC were exempt because they had a player selected by Cincinnati in last year’s expansion draft.
The next big date for Atlanta United is Thursday, which is the deadline to exercise options on contracts. Atlanta United Vice President Carlos Bocanegra and manager Frank de Boer are scheduled to talk with media on Thursday.