New roster rules are out! https://www.mlssoccer.com/about/roster-rules-and-regulations I barely skimmed them, but at first glance, the ability of players to flow back and forth between the senior mls side and the Next Pro side is extremely limited. It’s very similar to existing restrictions between mls teams and their usl affiliates. There is a small amount of new flexibility allowed to sign a limited number of next pro players to short term (4 day) mls contracts, but I think for no more than 16 days in total per player. If I’m reading this right, mls teams no NOT have much more access to their next pro players than they’ve had to players on the rosters of usl teams they owned and operated. There is a seven player discovery list, so mls teams have ownership claims on those seven next pro players, but that’s it. Every other mls team would have as much access to the rest of our Crew 2 roster as we do, should they want to sign them to an mls contract. I’ve seen nothing so far that explains how mls senior roster players can appear in next pro games, except via the same sort of loan agreements we’ve seen operating with usl clubs. These next pro teams sure feel a lot more like independent minor league clubs than I expected would be the case.