MLS Re-Entry Draft 101

Your guide to the MLS Re-Entry Process

Stage One of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Process takes place on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET, with the Second Stage occurring on Wednesday, December 18 at the same time. Both stages will take place via teleconference and the Crew will select fourth overall in the drafts.

Here are the rules of player availability during the Re-Entry Process (Language from MLS Roster Rules in italics):

Players 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 2014).
  • Current example: Konrad Warzycha is 24 years old and has three years of MLS experience, therefore a club can select him in Stage One, but has to pay the salary his option with the Crew guaranteed in 2014.
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 for at least their 2013 salary).
  • Current example: 28-year-old defender Sean Franklin's option was not picked-up by the LA Galaxy, but he can be selected in Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft and earn at least the same amount that he did in 2013 given his six years of MLS experience.
Players 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 2013 salary).
  • Current example: Veteran defender Bobby Boswell is out of contract and has yet to re-sign with the Houston Dynamo. His nine years of experience in MLS guarantee him a five-percent raise in 2014 if he is selected in Stage One. 
Players who are not selected in Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft will be made available in Stage Two. Clubs selecting players in Stage Two will negotiate a new salary with the player.
 
Players who remain unselected after Stage Two will be available to any MLS club on a first come, first serve basis.