As part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement,
MLS players who meet certain criteria are eligible to be made available
to all teams through the Re-Entry Process after the season.
Stage 1 Draft of the Re-Entry Process will take place on Wednesday,
December 8th at 12 p.m. MT via teleconference with the Stage 2 Draft
taking place on Wednesday, December 15th at 12 p.m. MT.
process grants new rights to our players,” said MLS Executive Vice
President Todd Durbin. “It ensures that players receive fair and timely
offers after each season and provides clubs with another opportunity
to strengthen their rosters.”
ORDER OF RE-ENTRY DRAFT SELECTION
Stage 1 and Stage 2 Drafts will be conducted in the same order as the
traditional Waiver Draft (reverse order of finish in 2010 with playoffs
included), with Vancouver selecting 17th and Portland selecting 18th.
ELIGIBILITY FOR STAGE 1 OF RE-ENTRY DRAFT ON DEC. 8:
who are at least 23 years old and have a minimum of three years
experience in MLS whose options were not exercised by their clubs
(available at option salary for 2011).
- Players who
are at least 25 years old with a minimum of four years of MLS
experience who are out of contract and whose club does not wish to
re-sign them at their previous salary (available at 2010 salary).
who are at least 30 years old with a minimum of eight years of
MLS experience who are out of contract and whose club does not
wish to re-sign them (available for at least 105% of their 2010
RULES ON PLAYER SELECTION:
club may either select a player from the eligible player list, or
pass. Once a team has passed, they may no longer participate in that
stage of the Re-Entry Process. Each stage will continue until all 18
clubs have passed on the available players.
- Clubs must exercise
the option for, or extend a Bona Fide Offer to, players selected in
Stage 1. Players that were out of contract may either accept or reject
the Bona Fide Offer. Should a player reject the offer, the drafting club
will hold the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Players
with option years left on their contract will automatically be added to
the drafting club’s roster.
- Any player selected in Stage 1 will
remain on the drafting Club’s 2011 budget at the option price or Bona
Fide Offer price until April 1, 2011. Clubs and players may not mutually
renegotiate that price to a lower number until April 1, 2011.
may not select their own players in Stage 1. Players will have the
opportunity to negotiate contracts and sign with their previous clubs
after Stage 1 is complete until 12 p.m. MT on December 13.
Stage 2, clubs may select from players that are under contract and those
not under contract. If a player is not under contract, the drafting
club will be required to make a genuine offer to the player within seven
days. In the event that an agreement cannot be reached between the
drafting club and an out-of-contract player, the drafting club will hold
the right of first refusal for that player in MLS. Clubs may select
their own players in Stage 2 only after all other clubs have declined to
select those players.
- Players who are not selected in Stage 1
of the Re-Entry Draft will be made available in Stage 2 on December
15. Clubs selecting players in Stage 2 will negotiate a new salary
with the player.
- If a player is not selected in either stage of
the Re-Entry Process, that player will be available on a first come
first serve basis to all clubs.