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MLS contract options: Who’s staying and who’s going entering 2021 offseason

As the 2020 season draws to a close with MLS Cup on Dec. 12, all 26 clubs will be revealing their decisions on player contract options in advance of a busy offseason during which they’ll be retooling for next year’s campaign.

Latest updates up top, then a club-by-club snapshot below featuring all roster decisions. Players who are staying, those who are going and others who have received new contract offers from their club:

Nov. 30: Toronto decline Piatti option, opening another DP spot

Toronto FC will be on the search for a Designated Player once again. 

TFC declined the contract option on winger Pablo Piatti, who had four goals and four assists in his first season in MLS. The move opens a DP spot for one of the highest spending teams in MLS. That’ll be a key storyline to watch this winter.

Toronto will return most of the roster outside of that, though left back Justin Morrow and center back Laurent Ciman are among those out of contract. The loan of Tony Gallacher from Liverpool has expired as well. 

Nov. 30: Whitecaps retain at least 25 players for 2020

Whitecaps CEO and sporting director Axel Schuster spoke after the season that the club had a solid core of players and didn’t want to make big changes. Their first act of the offseason, in announcing contract decisions, backed that up. 

Vancouver have 25 players under contract for next season after missing the playoffs last year, while they continue to negotiate with Andy Rose and Fredy Montero, neither of which are currently under contract. 

Schuster has identified a few key areas for improvement this offseason, including the need for a DP No. 10, but is content with the foundation of the squad. The Whitecaps added 14 new players last year, headlined by club-record signing Lucas Cavalini. 

Nov. 30: D.C. United pick up four options, decline six

D.C. United have picked up the contract options on a number of regulars from last year, including midseason acquisition Yordy Reyna.

Reyna joined United via a trade from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for $400,000 in General Allocation Money. He had an assist in 237 minutes after being acquired. 

United have 19 players under contract while they continue to be in talks with “a number of players” whose contracts expired or options declined. Oneil Fisher and Felipe Martins headline the players whose contracts were declined.

“We have experienced, professional players combined with a terrific core of young Homegrown talent, and we expect to make some important additions to the roster this off-season,” United GM & VP of soccer operations said in a club statement.

Nov. 30: Red Bulls open up flexibility for key offseason

To kick off head of sport Kevin Thelwell’s first offseason in charge, the New York Red Bulls opened plenty of roster flexibility for additions. 

There are now 22 players under contract after announcing their decisions, including the expiration of Samuel Tettah’s loan. The club had a purchase option in the forward’s loan agreement. RBNY declined the contract option for Marc Rzatkowski as well. 

RBNY are heading towards a key offseason, as new head coach Gerhard Struber will get his first full year in charge. Struber favors a high-tempo, high-pressing system and is likely to bring in a few new recruits. The moves open up another two international slots as well. 

“As we move forward into next season, we have clear focus on recruiting players that fit our philosophy, improve our squad, and help push us towards our goal of competing for the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup,” Thelwell said in a club statement. 

Nov. 30: Real Salt Lake retain 22 players but Beckerman, Rossi and others in limbo

After a disappointing 2020 season, Real Salt Lake head into the offseason with 22 players under contract.

The club picked up contract options on eight players, including defender Justen Glad and midfielder Everton Luiz, but declined the options on four players, led by forward Giuseppe Rossi.

Rossi, 33, made just one start for RSL this season. The former Italy international had one goal over 172 minutes, mostly off the bench. Club legend Kyle Beckerman is out of contract. GM Elliot Fall noted the club and Beckerman are having positive discussions about the future. 

Club Rosters

ATLAtlanta United

GK (2): Brad Guzan, Alec Kann
DEF (8): George Bello, George Campbell, Franco Escobar, Brooks Lennon, Fernando Meza, Efrain Morales, Miles Robinson, Anton Walkes.
MID (10): Mo Adams, Ezequiel Barco, Jürgen Damm, Jon Gallagher, Emerson Hyndman, Marcelino Moreno, Jake Mulraney, Eric Remedi, Matheus Rossetto, Tyler Wolff.
FWD (3): Adam Jahn, Erik Lopez, Josef Martinez

UNDER CONTRACT (17): Ezequiel Barco, George Campbell, Jürgen Damm, Brad Guzan, Emerson Hyndman, Adam Jahn, Alec Kann, Brooks Lennon, Josef Martinez, Fernando Meza, Marcelino Moreno, Jake Mulraney, Eric Remedi, Miles Robinson, Matheus Rossetto, Anton Walkes, Tyler Wolff
OUT OF CONTRACT (1): Jeff Larentowicz
CONTRACT OPTIONS EXERCISED (4): Mo Adams, George Bello, Franco Escobar, Jon Gallagher
CONTRACT OPTIONS NOT EXERCISED (8): Andrew Carleton, Edgar Castillo, Manuel Castro, Lagos Kunga, Brendan Moore, Erick “Cubo” Torres, J.J. Williams, Laurence Wyke
OFFSEASON ACQUISITIONS (2): Erik Lopez, Efrain Morales

CHIChicago Fire FC

GK (4): Chris Brady, Kenneth Kronholm, Bobby Shuttleworth, Gabriel Slonina
DEF (11): Jonathan Bornstein, Francisco Calvo, Jhon Espinoza, Johan Kappelhof, Miguel Navarro, Wyatt Omsberg, Mauricio Pineda, Andre Reynolds II, Boris Sekulić, Nicholas Slonina, Carlos Terán
MID (11): Ignacio Aliseda, Javier Casas Jr., Przemysław Frankowski, Gastón Giménez, Brian Gutiérrez, Fabian Herbers, Alex Monis, Álvaro Medrán, Djordje Mihailović, Allan Rodríguez, Luka Stojanović
FWD (3): Robert Berić, Elliot Collier, Chinonso Offor

UNDER CONTRACT (23): Ignacio Aliseda, Robert Berić, Jonathan Bornstein, Chris Brady, Francisco Calvo, Javier Casas Jr., Przemysław Frankowski, Gastón Giménez, Brian Gutiérrez, Fabian Herbers, Johan Kappelhof, Kenneth Kronholm, Álvaro Medrán, Alex Monis, Miguel Navarro, Mauricio Pineda, Andre Reynolds II, Allan Rodríguez, Boris Sekulić, Bobby Shuttleworth, Gabriel Slonina, Luka Stojanović, Carlos Terán.
OUT OF CONTRACT (2): Micheal Azira, CJ Sapong
CONTRACT OPTIONS EXERCISED (4): Elliot Collier, Djordje Mihailović, Wyatt Omsberg, Nicholas Slonina
CONTRACT OPTIONS NOT EXERCISED (3): Brandt Bronico, Jeremiah Gutjahr, Connor Sparrow
OFFSEASON ACQUISITIONS (2): Jhon Espinoza, Chinonso Offor

CINFC Cincinnati

GK (2): Ben Lundt, Beckham Sunderland
DEF (4): Saad Abdul-Salaam, Zico Bailey, Tom Pettersson, Maiken van der Werff
MID (6): Frankie Amaya, Alvaro Barreal, Allan Cruz, Yuya Kubo, Haris Medunjanin, Kamohelo Mokotjo
FWD (3): Franko Kovacevic, Jurgen Locadia, Brandon Vazquez

UNDER CONTRACT (12): Saad Abdul-Salaam, Frankie Amaya, Alvaro Barreal, Allan Cruz, Franko Kovacevic, Yuya Kubo, Jurgen Locadia, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Tom Pettersson, Beckham Sunderland, Maikel van der Werff, Brandon Vazquez
OUT OF CONTRACT (4): Andrew Gutman, Nick Hagglund, Spencer Richey, Przemyslaw Tyton
CONTRACT OPTIONS EXERCISED (3): Zico Bailey, Ben Lundt, Haris Medunjanin
CONTRACT OPTIONS NOT EXERCISED (12): Rashawn Dally, Siem de Jong, Mathieu Deplagne, Greg Garza, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Bobby Edwards, Tommy McCabe, Jimmy McLaughlin, Hassan Ndam, Rey Ortiz, Caleb Stanko, Kendall Waston
CURRENTLY NEGOTIATING (4): Andrew Gutman, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Nick Hagglund, Caleb Stanko, Przemyslaw Tyton

DCD.C. United

GK (1): Bill Hamid
DEF (5): Steven Birnbaum, Frédéric Brillant, Jacob Greene, Joseph Mora, Donovan Pines
MID (10): Paul Arriola, Yamil Asad, Russell Canouse, Edison Flores, Julian Gressel, Júnior Moreno, Moses Nyeman, Kevin Paredes, Ulises Segura, Griffin Yow
FWD (3): Ola Kamara, Yordy Reyna, Erik Sorga

UNDER CONTRACT (15): Paul Arriola, Yamil Asad, Steven Birnbaum, Frédéric Brilliant, Russell Canouse, Edison Flores, Jacob Greene, Julian Gressel, Bill Hamid, Ola Kamara, Moses Nyeman, Kevin Paredes, Donovan Pines, Erik Sorga, Griffin Yow

OUT OF CONTRACT (2): Chris Odoi-Atsem, Chris Seitz

CONTRACT OPTIONS EXERCISED (4): Joseph Mora, Júnior Moreno, Yordy Reyna, Ulises Segura

CONTRACT OPTIONS NOT EXERCISED (6): Mohammed Abu, Earl Edwards, Jr., Oniel Fisher, Felipe Martins, Gelmin Rivas, Axel Sjöberg

MTLMontreal Impact

GK (3): Clément Diop, James Pantemis and Jonathan Sirois
DEF (7): Luis Binks, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Rudy Camacho, Keesean Ferdinand, Mustafa Kizza, Joel Waterman and Karifa Yao
MID (9): Clément Bayiha, Mathieu Choinière, Tomas Giraldo, Lassi Lappalainen, Emanuel Maciel, Samuel Piette, Amar Sejdic, Ballou Tabla and Victor Wanyama
FWD (3): Romell Quioto, Mason Toye and Maximiliano Urruti

UNDER CONTRACT (12): Luis Binks, Zachary Brault-Guillard, Rudy Camacho, Keesean Ferdinand, Mustafa Kizza, Lassi Lappalainen, Emanuel Maciel, Samuel Piette, Ballou Tabla, Maximiliano Urruti, Victor Wanyama, Joel Waterman
OUT OF CONTRACT (3): Jorge Corrales​, Rod Fanni and Jukka Raitala
CONTRACT OPTIONS EXERCISED (10): Clément Bayiha, Mathieu Choinière, Clément Diop, Tomas Giraldo, James Pantemis, Romell Quioto, Amar Sejdic, Jonathan Sirois, Mason Toye and Karifa Yao
CONTRACT OPTIONS NOT EXERCISED (4): Bojan, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Steeven Saba and Shamit Shome
LOAN EXPIRATION (1): Orji Okwonkwo

NYNew York Red Bulls

GK (2): David Jensen and Ryan Meara
DEF (8): Kyle Duncan, Mandela Egbo, Aaron Long, Sean Nealis, Tim Parker, Jason Pendant, Amro Tarek and John Tolkin
MID (9): Cristian Cásseres Jr., Caden Clark, Sean Davis, Omir Fernandez, Kaku, Daniel Royer, Jared Stroud, Florian Valot and Dru Yearwood
FWD (3): Tom Barlow, Mathias Jørgensen and Brian White

UNDER CONTRACT (14): Cristian Casseres Jr., Caden Clark, Mandela Egbo, Omir Fernandez, David Jensen, Mathias Jørgensen, Aaron Long, Ryan Meara, Tim Parker, Jason Pendant, Amro Tarek, John Tolkin, Dru Yearwood and Brian White
OUT OF CONTRACT (1): Kendall McIntosh
CONTRACT OPTIONS EXERCISED (8): Tom Barlow, Sean Davis, Kyle Duncan, Kaku, Sean Nealis, Daniel Royer, Jared Stroud and Florian Valot
CONTRACT OPTIONS NOT EXERCISED (4): Chris Lema, Ben Mines, Marc Rzatkowski and Patrick Seagrist 
LOAN EXPIRATION (1): Samuel Tetteh

RSLReal Salt Lake

GK (2): Zac MacMath and David Ochoa
DEF (7): Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Erik Holt, Ashtone Morgan, Noah Powder, Marcelo Silva and Donny Toia
MID (7): Nick Besler, Bode Davis, Damir Kreilach, Everton Luiz, Justin Portillo, Pablo Ruiz and Albert Rusnák
FWD (9): Corey Baird, Andrew Brody, Maikel Chang, Chris Garcia, Milan Iloski, Douglas Martinez, Justin Meram, Jeizon Ramirez and Tate Schmitt

UNDER CONTRACT (14): Corey Baird, Nick Besler, Andre Brody, Bode Davis, Chris Garcia, Aaron Herrera, Milan Iloski, Damir Kreilach, Ashtone Morgan, Noah Powder, Pablo Ruiz, Albert Rusnak, Marcelo Silva and Donny Toia
OUT OF CONTRACT (3): Kyle Beckerman, Luke Mulholland and Andrew Putna
CONTRACT OPTIONS EXERCISED (8): Maikel Chang, Justen Glad, Erik Holt, Everton Luiz, Douglas Martinez, David Ochoa, Justin Portillo and Tate Schmitt
CONTRACT OPTIONS NOT EXERCISED (4): Luis Arriaga, Alvin Jones, Giuseppe Rossi and Julian Vazquez
RETIRING (1): Nedum Onuoha

TORToronto FC

GK (3): Alex Bono, Kevin Silva, Quentin Westberg
DEF (6): Auro, Julian Dunn, Omar Gonzalez, Richie Laryea, Chris Mavinga, Rocco Romeo
MID (13): Michael Bradley, Nick DeLeon, Marky Delgado, Griffin Dorsey, Tsubasa Endoh, Liam Fraser, Erickson Gallardo, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Noble Okello, Jonathan Osorio, Alejandro Pozuelo, Ralph Priso, Jacob Shaffelburg
FWD (6): Ifunanyachi Achara, Ayo Akinola, Jozy Altidore, Jayden Nelson, Patrick Mullins, Jordan Perruzza

UNDER CONTRACT (21): Jozy Altidore, Auro, Alex Bono, Michael Bradley, Marky Delgado, Griffin Dorsey, Erickson Gallardo,  Omar Gonzalez, Richie Laryea, Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Chris Mavinga, Jayden Nelson, Noble Okello, Jonathan Osorio, Jordan Perruzza, Alejandro Pozuelo, Ralph Priso, Rocco Romeo, Jacob Shaffelburg, Patrick Mullins, Quentin Westberg
OUT OF CONTRACT (3): Laurent Ciman, Justin Morrow, Eriq Zavaleta
CONTRACT OPTIONS EXERCISED (7): Ifunanyachi Achara, Ayo Akinola, Julian Dunn, Nick DeLeon, Tsubasa Endoh, Liam Fraser, Kevin Silva 
LOAN EXPIRATION (1): Tony Gallacher

VANVancouver Whitecaps FC

GK (4): Isaac Boehmer, Evan Bush, Maxime Crépeau, Thomas Hasal
DEF (8): Ali Adnan, Derek Cornelius, Gianfranco Facchineri, Erik Godoy, Cristián Gutiérrez, Jasser Khmiri, Jake Nerwinski, Ranko Veselinović
MID (7): Michael Baldisimo, Janio Bikel, Simon Colyn, Patrick Metcalfe, Leonard Owusu, Damiano Pecile, Russell Teibert
FWD (6): Theo Bair, Lucas Cavallini, Cristian Dájome, David Milinković, Ryan Raposo, Tosaint Ricketts

UNDER CONTRACT (18): Ali Adnan, Evan Bush, Janio Bikel,  Lucas Cavallini, Simon Colyn, Maxime Crepeau, Cristian Dájome, Gianfranco Facchineri, Erik Godoy, Cristián Gutiérrez, Jasser Khmiri, David Milinković, Leonard Owusu, Damiano Pecile, Ryan Raposo, Tosaint Ricketts, Russell Teibert, Ranko Veselinović
OUT OF CONTRACT (2): Bryan Meredith, Fredy Montero
CONTRACT OPTIONS EXERCISED (7): Michael Baldisimo, Theo Bair, Isaac Boehmer, Derek Cornelius, Thomas Hasal, Patrick Metcalfe, Jake Nerwinski
CONTRACT OPTIONS NOT EXERCISED (2): Georges Mukumbilwa, Andy Rose
CURRENTLY NEGOTIATING (2): Fredy Montero, Andy Rose

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