MLS Increases TAM For 2018 Season

New York City FC defender Frederic Brillant (13) and New York City FC midfielder Alexander Ring (8) react after defeating the Chicago Fire at Yankee Stadium. Photo: Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports.

Major League Soccer has increased the amount of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) available to each club. League officials said the additional funds will provide teams the opportunity to strengthen the depth of their respective rosters.

Following the 2017 MLS season when each club received an allotment of $1.2 million dollars of TAM, all 23 MLS teams will continue to receive $1.2 million of TAM per year in 2018 and 2019. MLS clubs may pull forward and use immediately the $1.2 million of TAM designated for 2019.

MLS clubs also will have the flexibility to spend up to an additional $2.8 million of TAM, on a discretionary basis funded by the team, per year in both 2018 and 2019, which league officials feel will further enhance the quality of play across the league.

TAM has been part of the league’s salary structure since 2015, and in 2017, helped both New York clubs sign several players. New York City FC used TAM to sign Fredric Brilliant, Maxime Chanot and Alexander Ring as new players. New York Red Bulls also used TAM to sign Daniel Royer as a new player.

A complete list of players acquired or retained using Targeted Allocation Money during the 2017 season is available on

About Targeted Allocation Money:

  • The minimum salary budget hit for a player who is bought down with TAM is $150,000.
  • Discretionary TAM cannot be traded.
  • Targeted Allocation Money may be used to sign new or re-sign existing players whose salary and acquisition costs are more than the maximum salary budget charge but less than $1.5 million.
  • Clubs may use up to $200,000 of their currently available Targeted Allocation Money to sign new Homegrown Players to their first MLS contract, subject to League review and approval. Targeted Allocation Money cannot be used on a Homegrown Player previously signed to MLS.
  • Targeted Allocation Money may be used to convert a current Designated Player to a non-Designated Player by buying down, on a prorated basis, his salary budget charge to at, or below, the maximum salary budget charge.  If Targeted Allocation Money is used to free up a Designated Player slot, the club must simultaneously sign a new Designated Player at an investment equal to or greater than the player he is replacing.
  • Targeted Allocation Money and General Allocation Money cannot be used in combination when signing or re-signing a player, or when buying down the budget charge of a Designated Player. Either Targeted Allocation Money or General Allocation Money may be used on a player in a single season, not both.