MLS Allocation Process

Last update: October 26, 2015

MLS will maintain a single fixed and public list of players, known as the Allocation Ranking List, that are subject to the Allocation Process. MLS clubs will have the right to acquire players on the Allocation Ranking List based on the Allocation Ranking Order. The Allocation Ranking Order is determined by the reverse order of finish in the previous season, taking playoff performance into account. Once a club acquires a player via the Allocation Ranking Order, that club drops to the bottom of the order. A club's Allocation Ranking Order position is tradable.

Allocation Ranking Order

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

2016 Allocation Ranking List

The Allocation Ranking List is comprised of players in the following categories:

  • Select U.S. Men’s National Team players.
  • Select elite U.S. Youth National Team players.
  • Players transferred outside of MLS garnering a transfer fee of at least $500,000 (USD).

The players who will be included on the Allocation Ranking List will be determined by Major League Soccer’s player personnel department and club technical staffs and will be updated once each year, during the time window between the end of the MLS regular season and MLS Cup. The Allocation Ranking List will only be updated during the season if an elite U.S. youth national team player turns 18 or graduates from the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, FL and is deemed eligible for the list. In addition, the Allocation Ranking List will be updated when a player is transferred out of MLS for more than $500,000.

Player Current club Classification
Juan Anangono Leones Negros (MEX) Transfer
Alejandro Bedoya Nantes (FRA) Senior USMNT
Deshorn Brown Valerenga (NOR) Transfer
Geoff Cameron Stoke City (ENG) Transfer
Junior Flores Borussia Dortmund (GER) Youth USMNT
Giancarlo Gonzalez Palermo (ITA) Transfer
Julian Green Bayern Munich (GER) Youth USMNT
Brad Guzan Aston Villa (ENG) Senior USMNT
Doneil Henry West Ham Utd (ENG) Transfer
Tim Howard Everton (ENG) Senior USMNT
Aron Johannsson AZ Alkmaar (NED) Senior USMNT
Fabian Johnson Borussia Monchengladbach (GER) Senior USMNT
Fredy Montero Sporting Clube (POR) Transfer
Shaquell Moore Huracan (ESP) Youth USMNT
Andy Najar Anderlecht (BEL) Transfer
Tim Ream Bolton (ENG) Transfer
Alain Rochat BSC Young Boys (SWI) Transfer
Oriol Rosell Sporting Clube (POR) Transfer
Rubio Rubin FC Utrecht (NED) Youth USMNT
Richard Sanchez UANL Tigres (MEX) Transfer
Camilo Sanvezzo Queretaro (MEX) Transfer
Jose Adolfo Valencia Independiente (ARG)
(on loan from Rosario Central)
DeAndre Yedlin Sunderland (ENG)
(on loan from Tottenham)

2015 Allocation Ranking Order Transactions:

  • 12/19/2014: Orlando City SC use No. 1 allocation spot to to sign Brek Shea
  • 01/13/2015: New York City FC use No. 1 allocation spot to sign Mix Diskerud
  • 01/15/2015: LA Galaxy acquire No. 3 allocation spot in trade with Colorado Rapids
  • 01/16/2015: Toronto FC use No. 6 allocation spot to sign Jozy Altidore
  • 01/27/2015: New York Red Bulls acquire No. 1 allocation in trade with Montreal Impact
  • 01/28/2015: New York Red Bulls use No. 1 allocation spot to sign Sacha Kljestan
  • 02/02/2015: Orlando City SC use No. 17 allocation spot to sign Eric Avila
  • 02/10/2015: D.C. United use No. 12 allocation spot to sign Michael Farfan
  • 07/17/2015: San Jose use No. 1 allocation spot to sign Marc Pelosi