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Looking at the allocation order in MLS

Jul 6, 2012, 1:25 PM EST

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As we think about the three Yanks stranded by the mess at debt-crushed Rangers, including U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra (pictured), perhaps now is a good time to remind everyone what the current allocation order looks like in MLS.

Bocanegra and Maurice Edu would go through the allocation process if they decided the time was right for an MLS return, which means New England would have first dibs, followed by Toronto, etc.

Remember, the allocation order re-sets each year. I doubt anyone would pass on Bocanegra, or probably Edu either. Even if it meant having to move a player to create salary cap space, a player of Bocanegra’s quality and leadership ability could hardly be turned away.

The tougher choice comes with a player like Alejandro Bedoya, the third American man at Rangers, who probably would be subject to the allocation process as well. If the young winger decided to sign with MLS (less a possibility than the other two, based solely on the fact that he’s never played here), that becomes a much tougher choice. Because once a team takes a player like Bedoya, they fall to the bottom of the list and lose the opportunity for a Bocanegra.

But that’s why they pay these guys – to make the hard choices.

Here’s the current order:

  • (1)        New England
  • (2)        Toronto
  • (3)        Chivas USA
  • (4)        San Jose
  • (5)        DC United
  • (6)        Portland
  • (7)        Chicago
  • (8)        Columbus
  • (9)        Dallas
  • (10)      New York
  • (11)      Vancouver
  • (12)      Seattle
  • (13)      Kansas City
  • (14)        Salt Lake
  • (15)      Houston
  • (16)      Los Angeles
  • (17)      Montreal (Eddie Johnson)
  • (18)      Colorado (Kamani Hill)
  • (19)      Philadelphia (Bakary Soumare)
  1. tylerbetts - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Help me out here, because my degree doesn’t help me translate the MLS CBA.

    Is it possible for a team to use a DP slot on one of these players and not have them subjected to the Allocation order? Or, does the allocation order trump because they are active USMNTers. Or, does it only trump for Boca and Edu, because they are former MLS players and active USMNTers?

    I think – and I’m not even 75% sure – that if I read the CBA rules on player acquisition correctly, that the last one there would be closest to correct.

    So, for example, could the Revs, if Boca decided to return to MLS, use the top spot in the allocation order on him, and then use a DP spot on Bedoya? Assuming, of course, they had the cap space, roster spots, and DP spot available?

    • joeyt360 - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      You must consult the Oracle at Delphi for your answer. Mere mortals do not know.

  2. Steve Davis - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Let me check, but if Kamani Hill qualifies ….

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