New Zealand striker Myer Bevan and full back Deklan Wynne will get MLS contracts with Vancouver Whitecaps.
The future of the young pair was in jeopardy when it was announced Whitecaps were disbanding their second team in favour of an affiliate deal with Fresno FC.
However both players were not included on the list of released players and are now expected to secure professional contracts with the Whitecaps’ first team for the 2018 MLS season.
Bevan, 20, has already played for New Zealand’s first team. He has had a spectacular year since securing his move to Whitecaps 2 having starred in the All Whites’ u20 World Cup squad.
He scored the tournament’s quickest goal in the opening minute against Honduras and scored two in the tournament in total.
Wynne has also had a successful year, making his first team debut in the US Cup game. The full back has also played for the New Zealand international side.
Meanwhile, Francis de Vries has been released by Vancouver and will now be seeking a new club in the US or further afield.
Elsewhere in the MLS, which was won by Toronto FC with a 2-0 victory over Seattle Sounders in the final, New Zealanders Bill Tuiloma, Jake Gleeson and Kip Colvey are all available in the expansion draft.
That means new MLS side Los Angeles FC could sign the players to pad out its new squad. LA is allowed to sign five players who are unprotected, which could mean new clubs for the trio.
Fellow Kiwi Stefan Marinovic has been protected by Vancouver Whitecaps and will remain at the club next season.