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Dallas's Place In The Allocation Order

Heath Pearce came to Dallas via the allocation system back in 2009. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Heath Pearce came to Dallas via the allocation system back in 2009. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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For those who've followed my blog before you know I try to stay on top of the Major League Soccer allocation system. With all the Charlie Davies to D.C. United news going on this week its a good time to take a look and see where FC Dallas falls in the order. 

In the past the likes of Kasey Keller, Bobby Convey, Troy Perkins, and Dallas's own Heath Pearce

So far this season we've seen two players come back into the league via this system. Portland used their slot to grab former FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper and Vancouver used their top slot to get defender Jay Demerit. 


A bit of a back ground on the allocation system for those unaware of it, we'll go to the 2011 roster rules for the real wording:

The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the League after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. The allocation rankings may also be used in the event two or more clubs file a request for the same player on the same day. The allocations will be ranked in reverse order of finish for the 2010 season, taking playoff performance into account.

Once the club uses its allocation ranking to acquire a player, it drops to the bottom of the list. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club’s ranking. At all times, each club is assigned one ranking. The rankings reset at the end of each MLS League season.


Below is the current order as of today:

  1. DC United
  2. Chivas USA
  3. Philadelphia Union
  4. New England Revolution
  5. Houston Dynamo
  6. Toronto FC
  7. Chicago Fire
  8. Sporting Kansas City
  9. Seattle Sounders FC
  10. Columbus Crew
  11. New York Red Bulls
  12. Real Salt Lake
  13. San Jose Earthquakes
  14. Los Angeles Galaxy
  15. FC Dallas
  16. Colorado Rapids
  17. Vancouver Whitecaps (Jay DeMerit)
  18. Portland Timbers (Kenny Cooper)
Now as you can see FC Dallas has a ways to go before they will be able to use their slot in the allocation system. If last year is any indication we'll barely see anyone else use this order unless we see a mass exodus of American players leave Europe and turn back to MLS this summer. A club can trade up in the order but that doesn't always happen.