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Rules for stocking expansion teams

Allocations

  • Expansion teams receive three (3) allocations
  • One (1) expansion allocation for each expansion team shall take precedence over all other team allocations, with the remaining two (2) expansion allocations per team having no precedence over other team allocations
  • Among expansion teams, priority shall be determined by chance(applies to all mechanisms below)

    Expansion Draft

  • The League will conduct an Expansion Draft prior to the regularly scheduled postseason Waiver Draft (likely in late November)
  • The 2005 Expansion draft will be 10 rounds
  • Each MLS team shall be allowed to protect 12 Senior Roster players
  • Each MLS team may leave unprotected only one Senior International
  • An MLS team may lose no more than three (3) players during the Expansion Draft
  • After a player has been selected from an existing team, such team shall have the right to protect an additional player

    SuperDraft

  • Expansion teams shall have the first selections in the annual MLS SuperDraft

    Discovery Players

  • Expansion teams shall be granted six (6) discovery picks in their first season, four (4) in their second season and in their third season and thereafter shall be subject to the discovery rules applicable to all other MLS teams (at present, MLS teams are permitted up to two (2) discovery picks each year)
  • Expansion teams shall have the lowest priority with respect to Discovery claims (until all teams have played three (3) games, in which case it will be determined by points-per-game)

    Waiver Drafts

  • Expansion teams shall have the last selections for waivers and all waiver drafts (until all teams have played three (3) games, in which case it will be determined by points-per-game)

    Lottery Drafts

  • Expansion teams shall have the lowest percentage chance for all lotteries (until the end of their first season in which case it shall be determined in the natural course)

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