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How the new MLS roster rules affect the Sounders

Turns out Fredy Montero and DeAndre Yedlin are now on the "Allocation Ranking List."

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Nearly two months after the season started, Major League Soccer finally got around to releasing their new roster rules. There quite a few changes, some of which were strongly rumored and a lot of which are quite confusing (despite the stated goal to make the whole situation less so).

Some quick highlights:

  • The salary budget is $3.49 million with only the top 20 players on the roster counting against it
  • The rosters include 28 spots, with the top 24 earning no less than $60,000 and the final four spots earning at least $50,000
  • Teams are still limited to three Designated Players, who will now count $436,250 unless a team uses allocation money to buy them down. Having three Designated Players at a full cap hit would take up about 37.5 percent of your budget, which is consistent with previous years.

It would be fool-hardy to attempt to explain everything right now, as we're still trying to understand everything ourselves, but we do know a bit more about how players enter the league and what happens after they leave. More specifically, we now know the status of former Seattle Sounders Fredy Montero and DeAndre Yedlin.

As players who were both transferred outside the league for more than $500,000 (the new threshold for these things), both players' MLS rights are no longer controlled by the Sounders and are subject to the "Allocation Ranking List." Here's the full list of players:

Allocation Ranking List

As of May 1, 2015

Player

Date of Birth

Current Club

Classification

Bedoya, Alejandro

4/25/1987

Nantes (FRA)

Senior USMNT

Guzan, Brad

9/9/1984

Aston Villa (ENG)

Senior USMNT

Howard, Tim

3/6/1979

Everton (ENG)

Senior USMNT

Johannsson, Aron

11/10/1990

AZ Alkmaar (NED)

Senior USMNT

Johnson, Fabian

12/11/1987

Hoffenheim (GER)

Senior USMNT

Anangono, Juan

4/13/1989

Club Universidad de Guadalajara (MEX)

Transfer

Brown, Deshorn

12/22/1990

Valerenga (NOR)

Transfer

Cameron, Geoff

7/11/1985

Stoke City (ENG)

Transfer

Gonzalez, Giancarlo

2/8/1988

Palermo (ITA)

Transfer

Henry, Doneil

4/20/1993

Apollon Limassol (CYP)

Transfer

Montero, Fredy

7/26/1987

Sporting Lisbon (POR)

Transfer

Najar, Andy

3/16/1993

Anderlecht (BEL)

Transfer

Ream, Tim

10/5/1987

Bolton (ENG)

Transfer

Rochat, Alain

2/1/1983

Young Boys (SWI)

Transfer

Rosell, Oriol

7/7/1992

Sporting Lisbon (POR)

Transfer

Sanchez, Richard

4/5/1994

Tigres UANL (MEX)

Transfer

Sanvezzo, Camilo

7/21/1988

Queretaro (MEX)

Transfer

Valencia, Jose Adolfo

12/18/1991

Rosario Central (ARG)

Transfer

Yedlin, DeAndre

7/9/1993

Tottenham (ENG)

Transfer

Flores, Junior

3/26/1996

B. Dortmund (GER)

Youth USMNT

Green, Julian

6/6/1995

Hamburg (GER)

Youth USMNT

Moore, Shaquell

11/2/1996

Unattached

Youth USMNT

Pelosi, Marc

6/17/1994

Liverpool (ENG)

Youth USMNT

Rubin, Rubio

3/1/1996

Utrecht (NED)

Youth USMNT

The Sounders are currently 13th on the list:

Allocation Ranking Order

As of May 1, 2015

Rank

Club

1

San Jose Earthquakes

2

LA Galaxy

3

Chicago Fire

4

Houston Dynamo

5

Philadelphia Union

6

Portland Timbers

7

Sporting Kansas City

8

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

9

Columbus Crew SC

10

FC Dallas

11

Real Salt Lake

12

Montreal Impact

13

Seattle Sounders FC

14

New England Revolution

15

Colorado Rapids

16

NYCFC

17

Toronto FC

18

New York Red Bulls

19

Orlando City SC

20

D.C. United

What this means, as of right now, is that the Sounders would likely have to work out some sort of trade if Montero or Yedlin wanted to return to MLS, but were only interested in playing for the Sounders. It's hardly the perfect solution from a Sounders perspective, but at least there's now clarity on how it would work.

The flip side to having this list -- which will presumably be updated and communicated to the public on a regular basis -- is that anyone who's not on it is now subject to a "discovery claim." While the list of players a team has a claim on won't be public, that list is limited to seven players (down from twelve in the past). The good thing is that there are a ton of really good players who are now available to the Sounders -- and every other team -- who otherwise would have been subjected to the Allocation Ranking in previous years. The Sounders can update their list of seven "Discovery" players throughout the year, meaning there's a great deal of flexibility as well.

One thing that was not clarified was how this all translates to players on S2. As the dust continues to settle, we will hopefully get more answers on how the first team interacts with S2, as well as on other topics such as how HGPs may or may not affect the salary cap.

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