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Atlanta United Roster Compliance

Updated: Jul 28, 2023


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As per roster requirements Atlanta United has finalized and released their roster with their player designations announced. The squad is required to fit within some very strict roster rules and regulations for the upcoming MLS season.

Senior Roster

​Slot Number

Name

Category

​Designation

Contract

1

Abram

Senior

INTL,TAM

2026

2

Almada

Senior

INTL,Young DP

2026

3

Alonso

Senior

2023

4

Araujo

Senior

INTL, DP

2026

5

Berry

Senior

2023

6

Etienne Jr.

Senior

TAM

2027

7

Giakoumakis

Senior

INTL, DP

2026

8

Gutman

Senior

2024

9

Guzan

Senior

2025

10

Hernandez

Senior

INTL

2025

11

Ibarra

Senior

U-22

2025

12

Lennon

Senior

TAM

2026

13

Lopez

Senior

U-22

2025

14

Purata

Senior

INTL

Loan Through 2023

15

Robinson

Senior

TAM

2023

16

Rossetto

Senior

TAM

2023

17

Sosa

Senior

U-22

2025

18

Westberg

Senior

2023

19 & 20

Open

N/A

N/A

N/A

Supplemental Roster


Slot Number

Name

Category

Designation

Contract

21

Diop

Supplemental 21-24

2024

22

McFadden

Supplemental 21-24

2024

23

Sejdic

Supplemental 21-24

2025

24

Open

Supplemental 21-24

25

Chol

Supplemental 25-28

HG

2025

26

Conway

Supplemental 25-28

HG

2024

27

Wiley

Supplemental 25-28

HG

2026

28

Wolff

Supplemental 25-28

HG

2025

29

Cobb

Supplemental 29-30

HG

2027

30

Fortune

Supplemental 29-30

HG

2026

2023 Loans

Name

Roster Category

​Designation

Contract

Barco

On Loan through 2023

Young DP

​2023

Centeno

Season-Long Loan

GA

​2026

Garces

Season-Long Loan

HG

​2025

Morales

Season-Long Loan

HG

​2025

Moreno

Season-Long Loan

TAM

​2025

Mosquera

Season-Long Loan

INTL, U-22

​2026

All players can have options in their contracts, as well.

Designations:

DP: Designated Player

GA: Generation Adidas

HG: Homegrown

INTL: International

TAM: Targeted Allocation Money

U-22: Under-22

Young DP: Young Designated Player

Basic Roster Rules

The Senior roster will contain up to 20 people and must fall within the club's 2022 Salary Budget of $4,900,000. Each player must fall within the individual Maximum Salary Budget of $612,500. In the supplemental roster players must fall into tight restrictions around salary, including either meeting the minimum salary requirement or qualifying for a number of salary designations.

Player Designations:

-Homegrown Players: Homegrown players must qualify as domestic and come from the academy. There is also no limit to the number of Homegrown players that may occupy either a supplemental or senior roster slot. They may earn in aggregate up to $125,000 dollars annually.

-International Players: International player slots are tradeable roster slots with 8 allocated to each of the league's 28 clubs. They must be occupied by any non-US players.

-Generation Adidas: A collaboration between MLS and Adidas to promote young talent into the MLS.

-Designated Player: A player with no salary cap and that doesn't count against the total team salary cap, but there is a charge against the team salary cap of $612,500 (or $306,250 if the player is acquired in the secondary transfer window) . Each team gets 3 slots and the players can be traded which then opens up that slot.

-Young Designated Player: A player who is 23 years or younger will be able to qualify for a Young DP slot and won't have his salary counted against the salary cap, but he will have a salary budget charge of $150,000 if he is 20 or younger or a charge of $200,000 in he is 21-23 years old.

-Additional DP rules: Clubs are automatically granted two DP slots and are allowed to buy a third from the league for $150,000 which is split and given to all clubs with 2 or less DPs in the form of GAM. The team will not have to pay the fee, though, if the third DP is a Young DP. The DP slots are not tradeable.

-U22 Initiative Roster Slots: Teams are allocated three of these slots, unless they have all three DP players as full DPs (not Young DPs) and they are all payed over $1,612,500 in which case they will have only one U22 initiative slot. The U22 players also must only receive up to $200,000 in compensation unless they fall under other specific roster rules regarding super draft players.

GAM and TAM:

Gam is a tradeable currency which each club receives in the form of an annual allotment of $1,625,000. It can be used to buy down player contracts and to sign players. TAM is a currency used for signing players, Homegrown players, and bringing DP players' salaries down to below designated player levels. Each club is allocated $2,720,000.

2022 Salary Budget Information:

  • Club Salary Budget - $4,900,000

  • Maximum Salary Budget Charge - $612,500

  • Senior Minimum Salary - $84,000

  • Reserve Minimum Salary - $65,500

  • Designated Player Salary Budget Charge - $612,500

  • Second Designated Player Salary Budget Charge - $612,500

  • Third Designated Player Salary Budget Charge - $612,500

  • Young Designated Player Budget Charge (20 years old or younger during the League Year) - $150,000

  • Young Designated Player Budget Charge (21-23 years old during the League Year) - $200,000

  • Mid-Season Designated Player Salary Budget Charge - $306,250

  • Mid-Season Young Designated Player Salary Budget Charge (23 years old and younger) - $150,000

  • Maximum Targeted Allocation Money Amount - $1,612,500

  • U22 Spot Budget Charge (20 years old or younger during the League Year) - $150,000

  • U22 Spot Budget Charge (21-23 years old during the League Year) - $200,000

Available Slots:

Unless they were traded away we still have available:

  • 2 International slots

  • Any TAM left

  • Theoretically infinite Homegrown slots

It turns out that Garth Lagerwey has lived up to the expectations placed upon him as far as roster maintenance, in which he had made lots of statements about the importance of getting the roster back in order. Atlanta United has appropriately taken advantage of the available slots to fulfill the required MLS roster compliance rules.

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