MLS Expands Rosters, Brings Back Reserve Division

MLS Expands Rosters, Brings Back Reserve Division

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 16, 2010
  • 3 Comments
  • Don Garber

Boy the State of the League conference call with Don Garber was interesting today. I’m still trying to process it all. The biggest news of it, other than the possible leak of FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira winning the MVP award (Garber slipped up on it, it was funny), was the announcement of the expanded rosters and reserve division.

Club rosters will grow to 30 players in 2011, up from 24 in 2010. In addition, MLS will launch a new reserve division, providing essential developmental opportunities to players.

The six additional roster spots are reserved for players 24 and under and they will not count against a team’s salary cap (which for 2011 will be $2.67 million per team).

The new Reserve Division will feature three regions of six teams, with each team playing the other five in its group twice for a 10-game regular season. The top eight reserve teams will qualify for playoffs.

I’d imagine the three regions will look something like this:

East:

New England
New York
Philadelphia
Toronto
D.C.
Columbus

Central:

Kansas City
Chicago
Dallas
Houston
Colorado
Salt Lake

West:

LA
Chivas
San Jose
Portland
Seattle
Vancouver

  • Wouldn’t be surprised if Reserve Division’s also mirror next year’s Senior Division’s. Unbalanced schedule, focused on rivalries? I could see Garber experiment with it.

  • Wouldn’t be surprised if Reserve Division’s also mirror next year’s Senior Division’s. Unbalanced schedule, focused on rivalries? I could see Garber experiment with it.

  • Wouldn’t be surprised if Reserve Division’s also mirror next year’s Senior Division’s. Unbalanced schedule, focused on rivalries? I could see Garber experiment with it.