MLS Allocation Process

Last update: December 10, 2017

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

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

2017 Allocation Ranking List

Last update: August 10, 2017

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
Anangono, Juan LDU Quito (ECU) Transfer
Cameron, Geoff Stoke City (ENG) Transfer
Castillo, Fabian Trabzonspor (TUR) Transfer
Flores, Junior Borussia Dortmund (GER) Youth USMNT
Gonzalez, Giancarlo Palermo (ITA) Transfer
Gonzalez, Omar Pachuca (MEX) Transfer
Green, Julian VfB Stuttgart (GER) Youth USMNT
Henry, Doneil West Ham Utd (ENG) Transfer
Johannsson, Aron Werder Bremen (GER) Core Senior USMNT
Johnson, Fabian Borussia Monchengladbach (GER) Core Senior USMNT
Martins, Obafemi Shanghai Greenland Shenhua (CHN) Transfer
Miazga, Matt Chelsea (ENG) Transfer
Najar, Andy Anderlecht (BEL) Transfer
Poku, Kwadwo Miami FC (NASL) Transfer
Pulisic, Christian Borussia Dortmund (GER) Youth USMNT
Ream, Tim Fulham (ENG) Transfer
Rivero, Octavio Colo Colo (CHI) Transfer
Rochat, Alain BSC Young Boys (SWI) Transfer
Rosell, Oriol Sporting Clube (POR) Transfer
Rubin, Rubio FC Utrecht (NED) Youth USMNT
Sanvezzo, Camilo Queretaro (MEX) Transfer
Valencia, Jose Adolfo Santa Fe (COL) Transfer
Villafana, Jorge Santos Laguna (MEX) Transfer
Yedlin, DeAndre Newcastle (ENG) Transfer

2017 Allocation Ranking Order Transactions

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