The Biggest Roster Casualties And Shakeups From MLS Contract Deadline Day

Contract Deadline Day unfolded in MLS on Monday, giving us a tease of what club rosters will look like come 2018.

Monday marked Contract Deadline Day in Major League Soccer, meaning that all clubs (apart from the four still participating in the MLS Cup playoffs) had to announce which player contract options they’d picked up and which players they’d effectively cut. 

While the Chicago Fire and DC United still haven’t gone public with their decisions, clubs like the LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake have completed a myriad of roster moves following disastrous seasons. The scorched earth policy employed by those sides means that 2018 will provide a fresh slate for 2017’s biggest losers.

Apart from the contract options, there are also some big names who are simply out of contract now. Some will explore free agency while others will explore opportunities overseas. 

Here are 20 big changes (10 players whose contracts weren’t exercised/10 players who are out of contract) to start the MLS offseason in earnest.  

2017 MLS Contract Deadline Day Moves


Jermaine Jones | LA Galaxy

Jermaine Jones

Photo: @18clubsg | Twitter

Darren Mattocks | Portland Timbers

Darren Mattocks

Photo: @pustulkaa | Twitter

Dillon Powers | Orlando City

Dillon Powers

Photo: @fanly_orlandofc | Twitter

Mike Grella | New York Red Bulls

Mike Grella

Photo: @SleterFC | Twitter

David Ousted | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

David Ousted

Photo: @JohnMolinaro | Twitter

Christian Bolanos | Vancouver Whitecaps FC 

Christian Bolanos

Photo: @HarJournalist | Twitter

Matias Laba | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Matias Laba

Photo: @InsideSportsTD | Twitter

Goalkeepers Clement Diop, Brian Rowe, Jon Kempin | All LA Galaxy

Brian Rowe

Photo: @fanly_galaxy | Twitter

Coy Craft | FC Dallas

Coy Craft

Photo: @ElEnergyFC | Twitter

Charlie Davies | Philadelphia Union

Charlie Davies

Photo: @TransferLive5 | Twitter


Kyle Beckerman | Real Salt Lake

Kyle Beckerman

Photo: @RealSaltLake | Twitter

Nick Rimando | Real Salt Lake

Nick Rimando

Photo: @HailMaryTD | Twitter

Ashley Cole | LA Galaxy

Ashley Cole

Photo: @fanly_galaxy | Twitter

Fredy Montero | Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Fredy Montero

Photo: @futbolMLS | Twitter

Chris Pontius | Philadelphia Union

Chris Pontius

Photo: @ChuckBoothSport | Twitter

Teal Bunbury | New England Revolution

Teal Bunbury

Photo: @SKCmatchday | Twitter

Erik Palmer-Brown | Sporting Kansas City

Erik Palmer-Brown

Photo: @kansasJayhawkBB | Twitter

Bill Hamid | DC United

Bill Hamid

Photo: @fre_tips | Twitter

Kaka | Orlando City


Photo: @JulioSheeeD | Twitter

David Bingham | San Jose Earthquakes 

David Bingham

Photo: @StatesideSoccer | Twitter

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