2019 MLS End-Of-Year Waiver, Free Agency and Re-Entry Draft Player Lists

MLS announced on Friday Nov. 22, 2019 the lists of players eligible for End-of-Year Waivers, Free Agency, and Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Process.

This year, MLS transitioned from a rolling calendar to a single announcement date in advance of these three postseason roster mechanisms, in order to add transparency to the disclosing of the contract status of all option-declined and out-of-contract players following Thursday’s option exercise deadline.

Key dates:

Monday, Nov. 25 at 3 pm ET: End-of-Year Waivers (“EOY Waivers”); Free Agency Begins

Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m. ET: Re-Entry Stage 1

Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. ET: Re-Entry Stage 2

 End-Of-Year Waiver List

The EOY Waivers process gives the clubs that finished at the bottom of the 2019 standings the first opportunities to select from out-of-contract, typically young players who have not met the minimum number of service years for Free Agency or the Re-Entry Process. Beginning in reverse order, and taking into account postseason performance, FC Cincinnati will select first. The 2019 MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders will have the 24th pick, and expansion clubs Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF will have the 25th and 26th selections to end each round.

You can read more about the rules here.

AtlantaChris Goslin
AtlantaJose Hernandez
AtlantaKevin Kratz
AtlantaPatrick Okonkwo
AtlantaFlorentin Pogba
ChicagoDiego Campos
ChicagoElliot Collier
ChicagoNicolas Gaitan
ChicagoAleksandar Katai
ChicagoCristian Martinez
ChicagoAmando Moreno
CincinnatiNazmi Albadawi
CincinnatiJustin Hoyte
CincinnatiForrest Lasso
CincinnatiEmmanuel Ledesma
ColumbusBen Lundgaard
ColumbusEdward Opoku
ColumbusEduardo Sosa
ColoradoSam Raben
ColoradoTommy Smith
D.C. UnitedAntonio Bustamante
D.C. UnitedLeonardo Jara
D.C. UnitedMarquinhos Pedroso
FC DallasEdwin Gyasi
HoustonKevin Garcia
LAFCLamar Batista
LAFCJavier Perez
LAFCPeter-Lee Vassell
LA GalaxyFavio Alvarez
LA GalaxyHugo Arellano
LA GalaxyTomas Hilliard-Arce
LA GalaxyBradford Jamieson IV
MinnesotaCarter Manley
MinnesotaWilfried Moimbe-Tahrat
MinnesotaAlly Ng’anzi
MontrealJason Beaulieu
MontrealOmar Browne
MontrealDaniel Kinumbe
MontrealKen Krolicki
MontrealThomas Meilleur-Giguere
MontrealBacary Sagna
MontrealJeisson Vargas
New EnglandJuan Caicedo
New EnglandZachary Herivaux
NYCFCDaniel Bedoya
NYCFCJeff Caldwell
NYCFCAbdi Mohamed
NYCFCEbenezer Ofori
NY Red BullsJean-Christophe Koffi
OrlandoCarlos Ascues
OrlandoAdam Grinwis
OrlandoCam Lindley
OrlandoGreg Ranjitsingh
OrlandoLamine Sane
PhiladelphiaMarco Fabian
PhiladelphiaHaris Medunjanin
PortlandClaude Dielna
PortlandModou Jadama
PortlandFoster Langsdorf
Salt LakeDanilo Acosta
San JoseHarold Cummings
San JoseKevin Partida
SeattleAlex Roldan
Sporting KCNicolas Hasler
Sporting KCGedion Zelalem
Toronto FCJon Bakero
Toronto FCAidan Daniels
Toronto FCRyan Telfer
VancouverJoaquin Ardaiz
VancouverLass Bangoura
VancouverBrendan McDonough
VancouverSean Melvin

Free Agent List

Immediately following the End-of Year-Waivers process, Free Agency opens on Monday, Nov. 25 for players – who are at least age 28 with at least eight MLS service years and either option-declined or out-of-contract.

As their category suggests, free agents can negotiate a new contract with any MLS club, including their previous team, subject to certain restrictions. During a given year, clubs may acquire a maximum of two out-of-contract players via Free Agency. Free Agents may also participate in the Re-Entry Process.

This postseason, there are 39 MLS players who qualify for free agency. The list includes several well-known names, including Atlanta United’s Jeff Laurentowicz, Columbus’ Federico Higuaín and Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley.

You can read more about the rules here.

AtlantaJeff LarentowiczOut of Contract
AtlantaJustin MeramOption Decline
AtlantaMichael ParkhurstOut of Contract
AtlantaBrek SheaOut of Contract
ColoradoTim HowardOut of Contract
ColumbusRicardo ClarkOut of Contract
ColumbusFederico HiguainOut of Contract
D.C. UnitedQuincy AmarikwaOut of Contract
D.C. UnitedBill HamidOut of Contract
FC DallasEric AlexanderOut of Contract
HoustonDaMarcus BeasleyOut of Contract
HoustonA.J. DeLaGarzaOut of Contract
HoustonTyler DericOption Decline
LAFCSteven BeitashourOut of Contract
LAFCJordan HarveyOut of Contract
LA GalaxyServando CarrascoOption Decline
LA GalaxyMatt LampsonOption Decline
LA GalaxyJuninhoOption Decline
LA GalaxyChris PontiusOut of Contract
MinnesotaSam CroninOption Decline
MinnesotaLawrence OlumOption Decline
MinnesotaBobby ShuttleworthOut of Contract
NashvilleSCJalil AnibabaOut of Contract
NY Red BullsConnor LadeOption Decline
NY Red BullsLuis RoblesOption Decline
OrlandoWill JohnsonOut of Contract
OrlandoSacha KljestanOut of Contract
PhiladelphiaAurelien CollinOut of Contract
Salt LakeKyle BeckermanOut of Contract
Salt LakeTony BeltranOption Decline
Salt LakeNick RimandoOut of Contract
Salt LakeKelyn RoweOut of Contract
SeattleChad MarshallOption Decline
Sporting KCBenny FeilhaberOption Decline
Sporting KCSeth SinovicOut of Contract
Sporting KCRodney WallaceOption Decline
Toronto FCMichael BradleyOut of Contract
Toronto FCDrew MoorOption Decline
Toronto FCAshtone MorganOut of Contract

Re-Entry List

The Re-Entry Process, Stage 1 begins on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 3 pm ET. Similar to the End-of-Year Waivers process, the Re-Entry process is conducted in the same reverse order of the 2019 season finish, keeping in mind postseason performance.

During the Re-Entry process, MLS clubs can select from three types of eligible players:

  1. Option-declined players who are at least 23 years old with a minimum of three service years;
  2. Out-of-contract players who are at least 25 years old with a minimum of four service years and whose clubs did not wish to re-sign at their previous salary;
  3. Free Agents that chose to participate.

The final postseason roster mechanism will be Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process, which will be conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The list of players eligible for Re-Entry, Stage 2 will be announced on Dec. 3 at 11 am ET.

You can read more about the rules here.

AtlantaMikey AmbroseOut of Contract
ChicagoStefan ClevelandOption Decline
ChicagoDavid OustedOption Decline
ChicagoRichard SanchezOption Decline
ColoradoKofi OpareOption Decline
ColoradoDillon SernaOut of Contract
ColumbusAlex CrognaleOption Decline
ColumbusDavid GuzmanOption Decline
ColumbusJordan HamiltonOption Decline
ColumbusConnor MaloneyOption Decline
ColumbusRomario WilliamsOut of Contract
D.C. UnitedEarl Edwards Jr.Option Decline
D.C. UnitedJalen RobinsonOut of Contract
CincinnatiCorben BoneOption Decline
CincinnatiRoland LamahOption Decline
CincinnatiJimmy McLaughlinOption Decline
CincinnatiBlake SmithOption Decline
FC DallasCristian ColmanOption Decline
FC DallasMoises HernandezOption Decline
HoustonEric BirdOption Decline
HoustonJuan David CabezasOption Decline
HoustonDarwin CerenOut of Contract
LAFCDejan JakovicOption Decline
LA GalaxyJoao PedroOption Decline
MinnesotaMiguel IbarraOption Decline
MinnesotaCollin MartinOption Decline
MinnesotaRasmus SchullerOption Decline
MontrealAnthony Jackson-HamelOption Decline
n/aCharlie LyonOption Decline
n/aYura MovsisyanOption Decline
New EnglandJuan AgudeloOption Decline
New EnglandCody CropperOut of Contract
New EnglandBrian WrightOption Decline
NY Red BullsVincent BezecourtOption Decline
NY Red BullsMarcus EppsOption Decline
NY Red BullsDerrick EtienneOption Decline
NY Red BullsEvan LouroOption Decline
NY Red BullsBradley Wright-PhillipsOut of Contract
NYCFCEric MillerOption Decline
OrlandoCristian HiguitaOut of Contract
OrlandoShane O’NeillOption Decline
OrlandoDillon PowersOption Decline
OrlandoOriol RosellOption Decline
PhiladelphiaR.J. AllenOption Decline
PhiladelphiaFabinhoOption Decline
PortlandKendall McIntoshOption Decline
PortlandDiego ValeriOption Decline
Salt LakeJordan AllenOption Decline
Salt LakeAlex HorwathOption Decline
Salt LakeLuke MulhollandOption Decline
Salt LakeJoão PlataOption Decline
Salt LakeMarcelo SilvaOption Decline
San JoseFrancois AffolterOption Decline
San JoseJimmy OckfordOption Decline
SeattleSaad Abdul-SalaamOption Decline
SeattleJonathan CampbellOption Decline
SeattleVictor RodriguezOption Decline
SeattleLuis SilvaOption Decline
SeattleRoman TorresOption Decline
Sporting KCKrisztian NemethOut of Contract
Toronto FCCaleb Patterson-SewellOption Decline
VancouverVictor GiroOption Decline
VancouverBrett LevisOut of Contract
VancouverScott SutterOption Decline

Source: MLS Communications with edits by Russo Soccer