Starting with the 2012 season, the rule was changed with respect to younger players. MLS announced the changes in August 2011 after clubs expressed concern about signing young international players with no guarantees that they would develop into stars.
Designated Players over the age of 23 will carry a salary budget charge of $350,000, unless the player joins his club in the middle of the season, in which case his budget charge will be $175,000.
Designated Players 21–23 years old count as $200,000 against the club’s salary budget.
Designated Players 20 years old or younger count as $150,000 against the club’s salary budget.
The budget charge for the midseason signing of a young Designated Player (23 years old and younger) is $150,000 and this amount cannot be lowered with allocation funds.
Clubs will not have to buy the third DP roster slot to accommodate Designated Players 23 years old and younger.
Age of player is determined by year (not date) of birth.
For the 2013 season, the maximum budget charge for Designated Players over age 23 was increased to $368,750; it remained unchanged for younger players, as well as those who joined the club in the midseason transfer window
How do we give up 2 goals in the last 8 minutes again?!?
George and Jacobson out due to injury
we have two keepers on the bench