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2013 MLS Waiver Draft on November 25th

MLS Cup 2013 may still be two weeks away but MLS clubs are already planning the 2014 season with the MLS Waiver Draft.

Kevin Casey

The MLS Cup is on December 67th and we know that the 2013 edition it will be held in Kansas City. After Sporting Kansas City's 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo, all sights are at Sporting Park. As we wait for the winner between the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake, MLS clubs ''officially'' start their MLS business.

Marked by drafts, the MLS' first order of business will be the 2013 Waiver Draft. Usually on Monday afternoon, the Waiver Draft will be held by MLS via conference call with clubs having the option to pick up out-of-contract players or players whose options were not exercised.

Those players will not be eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Draft , happening later this year.

The Montreal Impact did not select any players during the 2012 MLS Waiver Draft and have not announced a flurry of players that were let go, unlike the Columbus Crew and D.C. United.

The Re-Entry Draft should have more talent and interesting names but it will still be interesting to see if any unexpected names end up on the MLS Waiver Draft list on Monday.

What we know from the 2012 MLS Waiver Draft

The Waiver Draft order is determined via points per game once all teams have played at least three MLS League games. If the waiver takes place prior to all teams playing in at least three League games, priority shall be granted based upon the prior year's performance, taking playoff performance first, with teams eliminated from playoff contention at the same stage separated according to their point totals through the end of the regular season. New expansion teams shall be at the bottom of the waiver order.

Available in today's draft are players whom (1) are not in a club's plans for 2013, and (2) are NOT re-entry draft eligible*. Such players will be available to clubs in the Waiver Draft via the waiver draft order. As with all players that clear waivers, any players not selected in the Waiver Draft will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Re-Entry Process Player Eligibility

The Re-Entry Process will consist of the following players: (1) Players at least 23 years old with a minimum of 3 years of MLS experience whose options were not exercised ("Option Decline Players"), and (2) out of contract players who have not received a Bona Fide Offerand who are (a) at least 25 years old with a minimum of 4 years of MLS experience and/or (b) at least 30 years old with a minimum of 8 years of MLS experience ("Out of Contract Players").

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