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Selling Homegrown Players just got a lot more lucrative

MLS teams can now keep 100 percent of the transfer fee from academy products.

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The next DeAndre Yedlin will prove much more lucrative for the Sounders.
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The MLS transfer game is getting a bit more lucrative. Although there’s been no formal league announcement, news of Montreal Impact Homegrown Player Ballou Tabla being sold to FC Barcelona’s B team for a “seven-figure” sum was accompanied by a nugget of information that could dramatically alter the incentive for MLS teams to sell players.

The Impact will reportedly be able to keep the entirety of that transfer fee, as opposed to the 75 percent that MLS teams have historically gotten for Homegrown Players. Maybe even more intriguing is the revelation that $750,000 of that can be turned into General Allocation Money (it had been $650,00). But that’s not all:

That means MLS teams could be allowed to turn nearly $1 million of any transfer fee into GAM in as few as five years from now. On one hand, this makes total sense as the amount of various allocation monies circulating around MLS has grown exponentially over the last few years. Still, the relative inability of teams to turn outgoing transfers into a competitive advantage has long been something people like Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer have complained about.

This is not necessarily a game-changer, at least not for the Sounders right now. But it’s not hard to imagine a future situation like DeAndre Yedlin’s working out in a much more advantageous manner for the Sounders.

Of course, MLS still has a ways to go before fully joining the rest of the world in other regards ...

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