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Rule change will help take sting out of MLS Expansion Draft

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Teams that lose players will be compensated with Allocation Money.

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Chances are the Seattle Sounders are going to lose at least one player and could lose as many as two in the MLS Expansion Draft. Due to a rule change, though, that won't be quite as bad as in previous iterations.

Speaking at the Sounders' End-of-Year Business Meeting, GM and part owner Adrian Hanauer said teams that lose players to Orlando City and New York City FC will be compensated with Allocation Money. Teams can use Allocation Money to effectively expand their salary budget, using it to pay down how much a given player counts.

Hanauer did not get into details as to how much Allocation Money would be received, but anything would be better than what teams received in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 drafts. The Sounders lost a total of four players in those drafts -- Sebastien LeToux (2009), Nathan Sturgis (2010), Sanna Nyassi (2010) and James Riley (2011) -- and received nothing in return.

The only other details so far revealed about the Dec. 10 Expansion Draft is that teams will be allowed to protect 11 players -- not including exempt players such as Homegrowns and Generation Adidas -- and one more if someone from their team is selected. Orlando and New York City will each select 10 players.