MLS Roster Compliance Deadline is Today at 5 pm ET

NEW YORK (March 1, 2012) – The deadline for all Major League Soccer clubs to be roster compliant is today at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday. While a club may continue to add or release players from its roster or training camp, the club’s official roster – players under contract - must remain within the MLS roster guidelines.

CLICK HERE for the 2012 Roster Rules and Regulations.

Players waived today will be a part of tomorrow’s Waiver Draft at 3 p.m. ET. Clubs that select a player who is not currently under contract during the Waiver Draft will be required to offer that player a contract. Clubs may not claim the right of first refusal for a player through waivers.

Players eligible for the Waiver Draft do include:
·         Players whose clubs have not exercised their 2012 contract options
·         Players who have not been signed to a new contract
·         Players whose clubs do not plan on signing them to a new contract

As of the first Monday in June, all drafted players selected in this year’s SuperDraft or Supplemental Draft must either have been signed to an MLS contract or have been placed on waivers. Any drafted player who has refused an MLS contract or who has refused to report to the team to be evaluated does not need to be placed on waivers and may remain on the club’s College Protected List.  If a player is not claimed by another MLS club as part of the June Waiver Draft, he will be placed onto his drafting club’s College Protected List until the second December 31 immediately following the June Waiver Draft.