Two clubs have used their spots, both came after swaps with the top team in the order. Now New England sits atop the order with Toronto and Chivas USA directly behind them.

Here’s a little background on the allocation order:

The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the League after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. The allocation rankings may also be used in the event two or more clubs file a request for the same player on the same day when the discovery period opens in December. The allocations will be ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2011 season, taking playoff performance into account.

Once the club uses its allocation ranking to acquire a player, it drops to the bottom of the list.  A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is the other club’s ranking. At all times, each club is assigned one ranking. The rankings reset at the end of each MLS League season.

Here ya go folks:

  1. New England Revolution
  2. Toronto FC
  3. Chivas USA
  4. San Jose Earthquakes
  5. DC United
  6. Portland Timbers
  7. Chicago Fire
  8. Columbus Crew
  9. FC Dallas
  10. New York Red Bulls
  11. Vancouver Whitecaps
  12. Colorado Rapids
  13. Seattle Sounders FC
  14. Sporting Kansas City
  15. Real Salt Lake
  16. Houston Dynamo
  17. LA Galaxy
  18. Montreal Impact (Eddie Johnson)
  19. Philadelphia Union (Bakary Soumare)