MLS Introduces Intra-league Loan System

MLS Introduces Intra-league Loan System

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 19, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season

This is pretty ground breaking information. MLS announced Friday that they have set up a system to allow loaning of young players within the league itself. The new rule has actually been in place since the start of the 2013 season too.

We’ll see which player makes history and becomes the first intra-league loanee.

But there are some basic guidelines that govern loans, as explained by the league website:

I) Only players 24 years of age or younger are eligible for loans;
II) Loans must be executed within the primary transfer window of a given MLS season (Feb. 12-May 6 in 2013);
III) All loans run through the end of the MLS season (player reverts to his original club only after MLS Cup);
IV) Roster slot and budget considerations surrounding the loan are subject to negotiation between the two clubs;
V) There are no limits on the number of loans involving any one team (incoming or outgoing loans).

The clock is ticking, however. If it’s going to happen, there are only 18 more days left in the primary transfer window closes.

My gut tells me we won’t see this new wrinkle of a rule used just yet. Most teams have their rosters full at this point. Still, the fact that a club can now loan out a young player to another team is pretty interesting news to get at the end of a week.