Official MLS Expansion Draft Rules
Expansion Draft Rules (as provided by MLS Communications Department):
MLS Clubs may protect 11 players between their Senior and their
Developmental Roster. If the Player’s contract expires at the end of
2010, he will still be considered part of the Club’s Senior Roster.
If a Club protects a player, it is not obligated to exercise the
player’s option. It may renegotiate a new budget number for the player
as in previous years.
• If a player retires, he will not be a
part of the Senior Roster, but his Club will lose its right of first
refusal to him should he ultimately decide to play.
• Players on
a Club’s Developmental Roster, other than Generation adidas players who
have not been graduated at the end of the 2010 MLS Season or Home
Grown Players on a Club’s developmental roster, will be part of the
• Generation adidas players who have not been
graduated at the end of the 2010 MLS Season and Home Grown Players on a
Club’s developmental roster at the end of the 2010 MLS Season are
automatically protected (Clubs do not have to use a protected slot on
• If Vancouver/Portland select a Developmental Player, it
must offer him a Senior Roster position and he must be on the Senior
Roster as of Roster Compliance Date.
• Clubs are restricted in
the number of international player(s) that they may make available.
Clubs may make available a number of international players equal to
their total number of international players minus three, provided that
if a Club has three or fewer international players it may make available
not more than one.
• For purposes of this expansion process,
For US-based Clubs --- any non-domestic US player (players that do not hold U.S. Citizenship or Residency) will count as an International
For Toronto FC
--- any non-domestic US player or non-domestic Canadian players
(players that do not hold Canadian OR U.S. Citizenship or Residency)
will count as an International.
• Designated players are NOT
automatically protected (i.e., Clubs must choose whether to protect
such players and if such player is not protected, he will be available
for selection in the Expansion Draft). However,
if the Designated Player has a no-trade clause in his contract, then
his MLS club must protect him and he will count as one of the 11
players who may be protected.
• Maximum Player Loss:
Once two (2) players have been claimed from a Club’s non-protected
roster, that Club is eliminated from the expansion draft and may not
lose any further players. In addition, once a player has been claimed
from a Club’s non-protected roster, that Club may move a player from
its non-protected roster to its protected roster.
• Right to Negotiate:
Vancouver and Portland will have the right to renegotiate a drafted
player’s salary (either up or down) without having to place such player
on waivers or giving his previous Club a right of first refusal.
On the first day of the Discovery/Allocation Period, each of Vancouver
and Portland will have priority over players on its USL roster and one
additional player in the USL not on its roster, subject to another MLS
Club’s right of first refusal.
• Rounds: The expansion draft will be 10 rounds.