After today’s Shalrie Joseph deal involving Seattle and Chivas USA, I figured it was high time to update the Allocation Order post with one that reflects the 2013 season.

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. The allocations will be ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2012 season, taking playoff performance into account.

(Editorial note: I’m a bit confused as to why Seattle was at #15 in the order, and not 16 before the trade. Once I get an official word I’ll try to add that here)

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