Rosters Expand, Unlimited Homegrown Players & More

Don Garber announced today that MLS rosters will expand from 24 to 30 in 2011.  Similar to seasons past, the final six spots on the roster are limited to players under the age of 25 and will not count against the salary cap.  The cap will also increase from $2.55 million to $2.67 million.  Other 2011 changes include:

  • The league is reinstating the Reserve League.  It will consist of three six team divisions, each team will play 10 league matches and eight teams will make the Reserve League playoffs. 
  • The Reserve games will be played the day after regular matches or during midweek.
  • The Reserve teams will be allowed to play NASL/USL teams in full matches. 
  • Players partiticipating in the Reserve League must be on the senior roster, on the youth academy roster, or on trial with the team.  This is a big move since teams can now get a look at players like Bratislav Ristic in game action before signing a contract.
  • MLS is working on some sort of development task force with USSF in an effort to improve MLS officiating. 
  • The league is in the process of lifing the 4 player Homegrown limit per team.  Clubs will now have the opportunity to sign an unlimited amount of homegrown players to the roster.  Homegrown players will still not count against the salary cap.
  • The league is still trying to shoehorn another team into the New York market by 2013.  Actual fan interest in two NY teams be damned.
  • Next season’s schedule of 34 games and playoff alignment are still being discussed. 
  • MLS also announced their best XI for 2010 and shockingly no Fire players are listed.
  • MLS is considering allowing teams competing in CONCACAF Champion’s League additional allocation money in order to better compete with international clubs in the region.   


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  • Hot Time In Old Town has a pretty cool post up that allows readers to vote on which players should be protected in the upcoming expansion draft......

  • In reply to cesba:

    i had pretty much same 11 as the voters except i had collins john instead of kinney

    i like kinney, but with his injury i felt it would be safe to leave him unprotected, and it would be nice if the fire had a forward to start the season :)

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I had the same as you with John over Kinney.. I also had Carr over Lowry, though I had to think about it for a minute.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    My list is slightly different. I should have my list and Sam's up some time soon.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    looks like thor passed dasan on the list

    i had dasan protected and thor unprotected on mine - mainly because i figgered an injury-prone thor would not be all that attractive to expansion teams

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    5 games played for $177,000........

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Logan Pause is getting the start today for USA v South Africa

  • In reply to cesba:

    go get em logan!

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Love seeing the Reserve League come back, along with larger rosters and the home grown player rule change.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    All steps in the right direction. Now if they can just get the playoff format figured out...

  • An interesting note from Garber's press conference today. Teams that didn't do well will receive additional allocation money....

    "We've increased the amount of allocation money. It is up to almost $10 million in 2011. That is money that we provide to our teams. (We provide it) to those that don't perform well at the end of the year. Teams can carry over that allocation money. We use this money in essence to boost our salary budgets so that our teams can have a higher quality of play and be more competitive." Not just here, but we're becoming increasingly more focused competing continentally in the CONCACAF Champions League.

  • The Chicago Riot have announced their roster.......

  • Guillermo, do you know where the Chicago reserve team will play? TP or the practice field? Or elsewhere entirely? Will those games be open to the public, and, if so, cost money? Thanks!

  • In reply to cweimers:

    I'm guessing it will be at the TP practice field and there will be no charge to watch the games but there's been no announcement yet.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    Agentspeak from Ljungberg's rep............

  • In reply to cweimers:

    I don't believe for a second he has an offer from the Galaxy. The article also mentions an offer from the New York Cosmos.

    How exactly does a 33 year old player receive an offer from a team that doesn't really exist and won't even play a game competitively until at least 2013?

  • In reply to cweimers:

    The Fire have posted video of the Thank You CJ party.....

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