Official MLS Expansion Draft Rules
Expansion Draft Rules (as provided by MLS Communications Department):
Clubs may protect 11 players between their Senior and their Developmental
Roster. If the Player’s contract expires at the end of 2010, he will
still be considered part of the Club’s Senior Roster.
a Club protects a player, it is not obligated to exercise the player’s
option. It may renegotiate a new budget number for the player as in
a player retires, he will not be a part of the Senior Roster, but his Club will
lose its right of first refusal to him should he ultimately decide to play.
on a Club’s Developmental Roster, other than Generation adidas players who have
not been graduated at the end of the 2010 MLS Season or Home Grown Players on a
Club’s developmental roster, will be part of the expansion draft.
adidas players who have not been graduated at the end of the 2010 MLS Season
and Home Grown Players on a Club’s developmental roster at the end of the 2010
MLS Season are automatically protected (Clubs do not have to use a protected
slot on them).
Vancouver/Portland select a Developmental Player, it must offer him a Senior
Roster position and he must be on the Senior Roster as of Roster Compliance
are restricted in the number of international player(s) that they may make
available. Clubs may make available a number of international players
equal to their total number of international players minus three, provided that
if a Club has three or fewer international players it may make available not
more than one.
• For purposes of this expansion process,
For US-based Clubs --- any non-domestic US player (players that do not hold U.S. Citizenship or Residency) will count as an International
For Toronto FC --- any non-domestic US player or non-domestic Canadian players (players that do not hold Canadian OR U.S. Citizenship or Residency) will count as an International.
players are NOT automatically protected (i.e., Clubs must choose whether to
protect such players and if such player is not protected, he will be available
for selection in the Expansion Draft). However, if the Designated Player has
a no-trade clause in his contract, then his MLS club must protect him and he
will count as one of the 11 players who may be protected.
Player Loss: Once two (2) players have been claimed from a Club’s
non-protected roster, that Club is eliminated from the expansion draft and may
not lose any further players. In addition, once a player has been claimed from
a Club’s non-protected roster, that Club may move a player from its
non-protected roster to its protected roster.
to Negotiate: Vancouver and Portland will have the right to renegotiate a
drafted player’s salary (either up or down) without having to place such player
on waivers or giving his previous Club a right of first refusal.
On the first day of the Discovery/Allocation Period, each of Vancouver and
Portland will have priority over players on its USL roster and one additional
player in the USL not on its roster, subject to another MLS Club’s right of
The expansion draft will be 10 rounds.