MLS Designated Players

 

The Designated Player Rule allows clubs to acquire up to three players whose total compensation and acquisition costs exceed the maximum budget charge, with the club bearing financial responsibility for the amount of compensation above each player's budget charge. Designated Players may be new players signed to MLS via the Allocation Ranking ListDiscovery Process or can be re-signed existing players on a team's roster.

A player's budget charge, and therefore Designated Player status, is determined by averaging all amounts payable over the guaranteed contract term excluding option years.

Option year compensation is not included in the budget charge calculation unless the option includes an automatic performance trigger whose terms would elevate a player's category from non-DP to Designated Player status. In such a case, the option year will be considered part of the guaranteed contract term.

Option year compensation is not included in the budget charge (in determining DP status) if the automatic trigger is based upon a performance target of at least 65% MLS League Season starts.

In 2018, a Designated Player who is 24 years old or older during the league year will carry the Maximum Budget Charge ($504,375) unless the player joins his club after the opening of the Secondary Transfer Window, in which case his budget charge will be $252,188.

A Designated Player who is 21 years old to 23 years old during the League Year will carry a budget charge of $200,000, while a Designated Player age 20 or younger will carry a budget charge of $150,000. If any Designated Player age 23 or younger joins his club after the opening of the Secondary Transfer Window, his budget charge will be $150,000. 

Designated Players as of the 2018 MLS Roster Freeze in mid-September

RELATED: Former MLS Designated Players

PLAYER
TEAM
DP or Young DP designation
Portland Timbers/CIN
Designated Player
LA Galaxy
Designated Player
Atlanta United
Designated Player
Toronto FC
Designated Player
D.C. United
Designated Player
Atlanta United
Young Designated Player
Philadelphia Union
Designated Player
Portland Timbers
Designated Player
Toronto FC
Designated Player
Orlando City SC
Young Designated Player
FC Dallas
Designated Player
Sporting Kansas City
Designated Player
Seattle Sounders FC
Designated Player
New England Revolution
Designated Player
Philadelphia Union
Designated Player
LA Galaxy
Designated Player
LA Galaxy
Designated Player
Orlando City SC
Designated Player
Houston Dynamo
Designated Player
Colorado Rapids
Designated Player
Toronto FC
Designated Player
FC Dallas
Young Designated Player
Sporting Kansas City
Designated Player
Columbus Crew SC
Designated Player
Los Angeles Football Club
Young Designated Player
Colorado Rapids
Designated Player
Orlando City SC
Designated Player
Seattle Sounders FC
Designated Player
Atlanta United
Designated Player
Houston Dynamo
Designated Player
New York City FC
Young Designated Player
Portland Timbers
Designated Player
New York City FC
Designated Player
FC Dallas
Young Designated Player
Chicago Fire
Designated Player
Montreal Impact
Designated Player
San Jose Earthquakes
Designated Player
Minnesota United FC
Designated Player
Minnesota United FC
Designated Player
D.C. United
Designated Player
New York Red Bulls
Young Designated Player
Los Angeles Football Club
Young Designated Player
Seattle Sounders FC
Designated Player
Sporting Kansas City
Designated Player
Real Salt Lake
Designated Player
Columbus Crew SC
Designated Player
Real Salt Lake
Designated Player
Chicago Fire
Designated Player
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Designated Player
Montreal Impact
Designated Player
Houston Dynamo
Designated Player
Columbus Crew SC
Young Designated Player
Portland Timbers
Designated Player
Los Angeles Football Club
Designated Player
New York City FC
Designated Player
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Designated Player
San Jose Earthquakes
Designated Player
New York Red Bulls
Designated Player
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