NEW YORK – The Major League Soccer roster freeze date is Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. All player signings, trades, and transactions must be completed as of 5 p.m. ET.
After the deadline, there may be no changes to the teams’ rosters until the day after MLS Cup. Any player that is not listed as available after the deadline will remain ineligible for selection through the remainder of the regular season and the MLS Cup Playoffs. This includes players that are on the Disabled List or on loan.
Players currently on the Disabled List that may recover from injury after September 15 must be removed from the Disabled List prior to the 5:00 p.m. ET deadline. The club must make all necessary moves to ensure roster compliance by the deadline.
If a player’s loan expires after roster freeze date, MLS clubs must make all necessary moves to accommodate the player’s return by September 15.
Teams may add short term replacements after the roster freeze date in cases of extreme hardship. In the event a team calls up a player, including League Pool Goalkeepers, during the MLS Cup Playoffs and the player appears in a game, he will be tied to that team for the remainder of the playoffs and MLS Cup. If he is called up but does not play, then he is not tied to that team.