MLS Spotlight: The new USL option

This will be the third season MLS clubs have operated second teams in the USL. The number of players who have graduated to MLS first teams is still small, but two defenders who played in the USL last season have won starting roles in the short term: Daniel Steres (LA Galaxy) and Ken Tribbett (Philadelphia).

MLS has introduced new rules for clubs wishing to sign players from their affiliates. They have priority for up to three players from their USL affiliate. Beyond those three players, teams can add other players to their Discovery List (seven players).

Besides Steres and Tribbett, Englishman Rob Vincent, whom D.C. United signed from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and goalkeeper Tyler Miller, who was called up from Sounders FC 2 and started the Seattle Sounders' second game after the injury to Stefan Frei, have seen MLS action this season.

2016 MLS Signings from USL:
CHICAGO
GK *Patrick McLain
(Sacramento Republic FC)

D.C, UNITED
M Rob Vincent (
Pittsburgh Riverhounds)

HOUSTON
GK
Calle Brown (Pittsburgh Riverhounds)

LA GALAXY
GK Clement Diop
(LA Galaxy II)
D Daniel Steres (LA Galaxy II)
F Ariel Lassiter (LA Galaxy II)
 
NEW YORK CITY
GK Andre Rawls
(Wilmington Hammerheads)

NY RED BULLS
M
Tyler Adams (NY Red Bulls II)

PHILADELPHIA
D
Ken Tribbett (Bethlehem Steel FC)

REAL SALT LAKE
F
*Emery Welshman (Real Monarchs SLC)

SEATTLE
GK
Tyler Miller (Sounders FC 2).
F Oalex Anderson (Sounders 2 FC)

TORONTO FC
F
Molham Babouli (Toronto FC II)
*Previously played in MLS.
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2 comments about "MLS Spotlight: The new USL option".
  1. #2 Shirt, March 17, 2016 at 10:01 a.m.

    Not sure what the criteria was for this list, but how would you classify Patrick Doody of the Chicago Fire and Alec Kann of Sporting KC?

    Both played with St. Louis FC (Fire's affiliate) in USL last year, but are now with MLS this season. I'll grant you that Kann played in one game with Chicago last year.

  2. Fire Paul Gardner Now, March 17, 2016 at 1:47 p.m.

    I don't understand why these reserve teams are treated as sort of separate teams - i.e. the MLS teams need to loan the players to USL etc.? What's the point. These should be pure reserve teams and players should called up to the first-team or sent back down to the reserves as necessary.

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