MLS announces new roster rules for 2015

1 Comment

Major League Soccer continues to strive for the best set of regulations, as the changes to 2015’s league rules have been divulged.

To start, the maximum roster size has decreased from 30 players to 28, and the overall salary cap will grow from $3.1 million to $3.49 million.

The allocation order for the acquisition of players has been numbered with this “Allocation Ranking Order.” Skilled US national team players, select elite US youth national team players and those transferred from MLS for a transfer fee of at least $500,000 make up the list, according to MLSSoccer.com.

Certain Americans capable of fitting the allocation requirements are Alejandro Bedoya, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron, Tim Howard, DeAndre Yedlin, Aron Johannsson and Fabian Johnson.

[RELATED: Texas derby brings “a bit of extra spice” with FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo in the West]

Alterations to the allocation came at the right time, following the league was reprimanded for the way in which which U.S. USMT standouts like Jermaine Jones were handed to specific teams without any order. Jones was of substantial interest to the Chicago Fire, but a blind draw sent him to the New England Revolution.

Additionally, the cap charge for designated players has expanded from $387,500 to $436,250. Orlando City SC’s Ricardo Kaka is the league’s top earner with a $6.6 million salary per year, and most big-name Designated Players earn around the million-dollar mark. The majority of players commands a substantially lower number, the league average being $207,831 in 2014.

However, less dynamic national team footballers can be signed with the “discovery” method that used to be employed to bring in foreign players. The discovery list has been reduced from 12 to seven, and teams can buy players on opponents’ lists for $50,000 of allocation money each, but the buying club can submit a counter offer.