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In the excitement of exclusives with the gaffer, Super Bowl preparation and winter transfer signings we've overlooked a few things that need to be discussed. 

 

First off, as we talked about in the pre-season state of the roster post last week, MLS has officially released the 2011 roster rules. 

The main points are:

-Players 1-20 are senior roster spots and they count towards the salary cap which is $2,675,000. You only have to fill 18 of the spots though.

-Players 21-30 are off budget players who do not count against the salary cap. 

-All Generation Adidas players are off-budget. 

-Players 1-24 must make at least $42,000 in 2011, players 25-30 must make at least $32,600

-Clubs may sign two homegrown players to Generation Adidas contracts 

So what does this all mean? Well not that much other than your 1-20 are the senior roster guys, AKA non-Generation Adidas and the average contract would be $133,750 for those 20 players. 

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Houston has been moved to the Eastern Conference for a year. Given that the schedule is balanced, this isn't really that big of a deal either. Houston was pretty awful last season and will likely not be too much better in 2011 as they go through a rebuilding period replacing almost their entire backline and still figuring out the best ways to replace Stuart Holden and Ricardo Clark. 

 

A new edition of Total Soccer with Bobby Rhine has been posted. Give it a listen when you get a chance, Bobby always offers good stuff.

 

The "Setonian" student newspaper has a nice article up on FCD draft pick Brayan Martinez with some good quotes. 

"I'm just excited to go there to see what the next level is like," Martinez said. "I'm just really excited because after this there isn't a better league. I'm really excited to know what it feels like to play in the pros."

 

Martinez is the first Pirate since 2007 to be drafted by the MLS. Previous draftees include Sacha and Gordan Klejstan and Teddy Niziolek.

 

To be successful at the next level, Schellscheidt believes Martinez needs to play faster than ever before.

 

"Since he is not the fastest guy, he is not a fast runner, but he needs to play fast," he said. "It's the mental part of the game, seeing things early, getting the ball off his feet quick so he doesn't need too many touches. He needs to get to a point where his touch and ability on the ball to get around the ball and not spend too much time on the ball and keep things moving."