MLS Allocation Process

Last update: March 20, 2016

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

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) Core 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
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
Juninho Tijuana (MEX) Transfer
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
Tim Ream Fulham (ENG) 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 Rosario Central (ARG) Transfer
Jorge Villafaña Santos Laguna (MEX) Transfer
DeAndre Yedlin Sunderland (ENG)
(on loan from Tottenham)

2016 Allocation Ranking Order Transactions

Jan. 14: Colorado trades No. 1 ranking in allocation order, No. 12 overall pick in 2016 SuperDraft, No. 22 overall pick in 2016 SuperDraft to Chicago Fire for No. 2 ranking in allocation order, No. 15 overall pick in 2016 SuperDraft, No. 33 overall pick in 2016 SuperDraft.

March 20: Colorado Rapids use No. 1 ranking in allocation order to acquire US national team goalkeeper Tim Howard.