MLS Allocation Ranking

The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the League after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. The allocation rankings may also be used in the event two or more clubs file a request for the same player on the same day when the discovery period opens in December. The allocations will be ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2014 season, taking playoff performance into account.

Once the club uses its allocation ranking to acquire a player, it drops to the bottom of the list. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is the other club’s ranking. At all times, each club is assigned one ranking. The rankings reset at the end of each MLS League season.

last update: February 10, 2015

Below is the current MLS allocation ranking:

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


12/19: Orlando City SC use No. 1 allocation spot to to sign Brek Shea
1/13: New York City FC use No. 1 allocation spot to sign Mix Diskerud
1/15: LA Galaxy acquire No. 3 allocation spot in trade with Colorado Rapids
1/16: Toronto FC use No. 6 allocation spot to sign Jozy Altidore
1/27: New York Red Bulls acquire No. 1 allocation in trade with Montreal Impact
1/28: New York Red Bulls use No. 1 allocation spot to sign Sacha Kljestan
2/2: Orlando City SC use No. 17 allocation spot to sign Eric Avila
2/10: D.C. United use No. 12 allocation spot to sign Michael Farfan