Major League Soccer announced changesTuesday to the rules for teams to sign and pay players given the Designated Player tag on their roster to potentially woo younger foreign players to the league, beginning next season.
Currently, each MLS franchise can have two such players on their roster and can get a third, if they pay the league $500,000 for the privilege.
Each team has agreed to have $335,000 of their salary count against their salary cap, currently at $2.675 million, with the rest of the league picking up the difference, no matter the age of the player.
In 2012, teams that sign players between the ages of 18 and 20 will only have to count the first $150,000 of their salary against the team's cap, and the first $200,000, if they are 21 to 23 years old.
Older players will still count the same as they do now.