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Moralez, Davis, Blanco headline top MLS free agents

The MLS Cup Playoffs might be right around the corner, but several clubs will begin preparing to bolster their rosters ahead of the 2022 season.

Maxi Moralez, Sean Davis, and Sebastian Blanco headlined the 47 players listed in Thursday’s announcement of eligible free agents this winter. Albert Rusnak, Jonathan dos Santos, and Shane O’Neill were also among the veteran names set to become free agents at the end of the calendar year, continuing a lengthy list of talented players on the market.

Moralez and Rusnak are two of the consistent attacking players on this list, which would leave both New York City FC and Real Salt Lake with holes in their midfield. Davis has continued to play a leading role in the heart of the New York Red Bulls midfield, while Blanco has come back from injury to help the Portland Timbers clinch a top-four seed in the Western Conference.

The 2020 CBA established new rules for free agency in MLS. Instead of requiring players to be at least 28-years-old and to have at least eight years of MLS experience, the new CBA requires players to be at least 24-years-old and to have at least five years of MLS experience.

This winter’s eligible list of possible free agents is an 149% increase from the same period two years earlier (2019-2020).

Here is a closer look of each club’s scheduled free agents:

2022 MLS Free Agency List

Atlanta United

Austin FC

Out of Contract: Jonathan Bornstein, Johan Kappelhof, Bobby Shuttleworth.

Colorado Rapids

Out of Contract: Dominique Badji, Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor.

Columbus Crew

Out of Contract: Harrison Afful, Evan Bush.

D.C. United

Out of Contract: Frederic Brillant, Yordy Reyna, Chris Seitz.

FC Cincinnati

Out of Contract: Haris Medunjanin.

FC Dallas

Out of Contract: Kyle Zobeck

Houston Dynamo

Out of Contract: Boniek Garcia.

Inter Miami

Out of Contract: Brek Shea.

L.A. Galaxy

Out of Contract: Jonathan dos Santos, Sacha Kljestan.


Out of Contract: Raheem Edwards, Jordan Harvey.

Minnesota United

Out of Contract: Osvaldo Alonso, Ethan Finlay.

Nashville SC

Out of Contract: Jalil Anibaba, Abu Danladi.

New England Revolution

Out of Contract: Scott Caldwell, Brad Knighton.

New York City FC

Out of Contract: Maxi Moralez.

New York Red Bulls

Out of Contract: Sean Davis, Daniel Royer.

Orlando City

Out of Contract: Oriol Rosell.

Philadelphia Union

Out of Contract: Ilsinho, Aurelien Collin.

Portland Timbers

Out of Contract: David Bingham.

Real Salt Lake

Out of Contract: Justin Meram, Albert Rusnak.

San Jose Earthquakes

Out of Contract: Matt Bersano.

Seattle Sounders

Out of Contract: Will Bruin, Stefan Cleveland, Shane O’Neill.

Sporting Kansas City

Out of Contract: Graham Zusi, Roger Espinoza, Kendall McIntosh.

Toronto FC

Out of Contract: Nick DeLeon, Tsubasa Endoh.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Out of Contract: Tosaint Ricketts, Andy Rose.


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