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Interesting article on the further development of MLS

Yahoo sports published an interesting article yesterday entitled, "MLS looks to accelerate growth with Target Allocation Money increase". Here's my summary of it:

The MLS's Designated Players program has grown from $32M in 2011 to $115M in 2015, but the MLS is now targeting the next layer of roster slots behind the Designated Players by committing $37M in new salary budgets to its 20 teams over the next two seasons.

Each team will receive $800,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) in each of the next two years. The $800,000 is earmarked for two or three players who make between $457,500 and $1M annually and will buy their salaries down in order to make the teams cap compliant. I assume the clubs can allocate the money any way they want among those 2-3 players, but if the allocation is distributed evenly then it would mean the salary of 2 such players could increase by $400,000 each or by $267,000 each if it's distributed evenly among 3 players.

This action has come about as a result of a study that the MLS did about a year ago when it compared MLS team rosters against the team rosters of the best international leagues. It concluded that many MLS teams had high-quality players in the top 3 or so roster slots, but needed to add more depth behind them. So this is the next step that the MLS is taking in order to move closer to its stated goal of becoming one of the best soccer leagues in the world by 2022.

Teams will also be given $125,000 each of the next two years to sign homegrown players.

[Post edited by gldwrth at 01/10/2016 5:18PM]


Posted: 01/10/2016 at 4:59PM


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