Last update: December 23, 2016
The Allocation Process is the mechanism used to determine which MLS Club has first priority to acquire a player listed on the Allocation Ranking List (see below). The list will consist of (i) select U.S. Men’s National Team players, (ii) elite youth U.S. National Team players, or (iii) former MLS players returning to MLS after joining a non-MLS club for a transfer fee greater than $500,000. Generally, the Allocation Ranking List will be updated once a year on the day after the conclusion of the MLS regular season. The Allocation Ranking List will only be edited during the year if a player is transferred out of the league or if a top youth national team player is added to the list.
The Allocation Ranking Order is set by taking the reverse order of the club’s standings at the end of each MLS Season, taking playoff performance into account, with the new expansion clubs at the top of the order.
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.
Allocation Ranking Order
- Atlanta United FC
- Minnesota United FC
- Houston Dynamo
- Columbus Crew SC
- San Jose Earthquakes
- Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Orlando City SC
- New England Revolution
- Portland Timbers
- Philadelphia Union
- D.C. United
- Real Salt Lake
- Sporting Kansas City
- LA Galaxy
- New York City FC
- New York Red Bulls
- FC Dallas
- Montreal Impact
- Colorado Rapids
- Toronto FC
- Seattle Sounders
- Chicago Fire
2017 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.
|Juan Anangono||Leones Negros (MEX)||Transfer|
|Deshorn Brown||Valerenga (NOR)||Transfer|
|Geoff Cameron||Stoke City (ENG)||Transfer|
|Junior Flores||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||Youth USMNT|
|Giancarlo Gonzalez||Palermo (ITA)||Transfer|
|Omar Gonzalez||Pachuca (MEX)||Transfer|
|Julian Green||Bayern Munich (GER)||Youth USMNT|
|Brad Guzan||Aston Villa (ENG)||Core Senior USMNT|
|Doneil Henry||West Ham Utd (ENG)||Transfer|
|Aron Johannsson||AZ Alkmaar (NED)||Core Senior USMNT|
|Fabian Johnson||Borussia Monchengladbach (GER)||Core Senior USMNT|
|Obafemi Martins||Shanghai Greenland Shenhua (CHN)||Transfer|
|Matt Miazga||Chelsea (ENG)||Transfer|
|Fredy Montero||Tianjin Teda (CHN)||Transfer|
|Shaquell Moore||Huracan (ESP)||Youth USMNT|
|Andy Najar||Anderlecht (BEL)||Transfer|
|Krisztian Nemeth||Al-Gharafa (QAR)||Transfer|
|Kwadwo Poku||Miami FC (NASL)||Transfer|
|Christian Pulisic||Borussia Dortmund (GER)||Youth USMNT|
|Tim Ream||Fulham (ENG)||Transfer|
|Octavio Rivero||Colo Colo (CHI)||Transfer|
|Alain Rochat||BSC Young Boys (SWI)||Transfer|
|Mario Rodriguez||Borussia Monchengladbach||Youth USMNT|
|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||Once Caldas (COL)||Transfer|
|Jorge Villafaña||Santos Laguna (MEX)||Transfer|
|DeAndre Yedlin||Tottenham (ENG)||Transfer|
2017 Allocation Ranking Order Transactions
- December 23: The Fire use No. 2 ranking in allocation order to acquire Juninho. The club secured the No. 2 spot in the Allocation Ranking Order in a trade with Minnesota United FC. The Union traded General Allocation Money, the No. 25 pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft Pick, and the No. 3 spot in the Allocation Ranking Order in exchange for the No. 2 spot. Atlanta United FC passed with the No. 1 spot.