MLS Increases Roster Size For Youth Development

MLS Increases Roster Size For Youth Development

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 8, 2010
  • Generation adidas, Home Grown Players

I heard some talk that a possible roster increase could happen a couple weeks ago and today the league did just that. A press release just went out stating the league has increased club roster sizes in an effort to allow clubs to sign more youth players from their academies.

As part of Major League Soccer’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of play, the League has added two additional roster slots per club for Home Grown Players identified and developed by the local club. This creates additional opportunities for top young players in the United States and Canada to gain MLS experience.

Now clubs have 26 players instead of 24 that they’ve had these last couple years. Here’s a breakdown from the release on the rosters:

Senior Roster (Slots 1-20)

MLS teams may have 18-20 players on their senior roster. These players will make no less than $40,000 per year and count against the 2010 team salary budget of $2,550,000.

Protected Roster (Slots 21-26)

Teams may have up to six players that do not count against the salary budget. Players on this roster may include Generation adidas players, players earning the 2010 League minimum player salary of $40,000 per year, and two of these six slots are reserved for home grown players who earn a minimum of $31,250 in 2010.

Its good to hear the league increase these limits due to the number of clubs that have recently signed one or two academy players. Teams like New York, Dallas, D.C., Chivas and Houston have all signed home grown talent. Don’t be shocked to see more clubs follow suit real soon too.

Another interesting nugget of information that came out of this release dealt with the transfer fees clubs can collect on players. Now, revenue from player transfers and loans will be divided as follows:

Home Grown Player:

  • Club  receives 3/4 of transfer fee revenue and the League receives 1/4

Generation adidas players & non home grown players acquired in the SuperDraft:

  • 1 Year of service:    1/3 to Club and 2/3 to League
  • 2 Years:                  1/2 to Club and 1/2 to League
  • 3+ Years:                2/3 to Club and 1/3 to League

All other players:

  • Club receives 2/3 of the transfer fee revenue and the League receives 1/3

The maximum amount of a given transfer fee’s revenue that may be used by a club as allocation money has increased from $500,000 to $650,000.

Lots of numbers and figures to throw out at you but in all the league is moving forward in a positive direction here.