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Long, Bedoya, and Johnson headline top MLS players set for free agency

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The 2022 MLS regular season is continuing through its summer schedule of matches, but many key players have already been listed for free agency later this winter.

Aaron Long, Alejandro Bedoya, and Sean Johnson headlined the 38 players listed in Wednesday’s announcement of eligible free agents this winter. Alexander Callens, Franco Escobar, and Daniel Salloi 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.

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.

There are currently 130 free-agency eligible players across MLS heading into the 2022-23 offseason. There is also no cap on the number of free agents that a team can sign.

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


2022-23 MLS Free Agency List


Atlanta United

  • Out of Contract: Mikey Ambrose.

Austin FC

  • Out of Contract: Hector Jimenez.

Chicago Fire

  • Out of Contract: Jonathan Bornstein.

Colorado Rapids

  • Out of Contract: Clint Irwin, Gyasi Zardes.

Columbus Crew

  • Out of Contract: Derrick Etienne Jr, Marlon Hairston.

D.C. United

  • Out of Contract: Bill Hamid, Ola Kamara.

FC Dallas

  • Out of Contract: Ema Twumasi.

Houston Dynamo

  • Out of Contract: Darwin Ceren.

Inter Miami

  • Out of Contract: Joevin Jones.

L.A. Galaxy

  • Out of Contract: Sacha Kljestan.

LAFC

  • Out of Contract: Ryan Hollingshead, Franco Escobar, Sebastien Ibeagha.

Minnesota United

  • Out of Contract: Eric Dick.

Nashville SC

  • Out of Contract: Eric Miller.

New England Revolution

  • Out of Contract: A.J. DeLaGarza, Brad Knighton.

New York City FC

  • Out of Contract: Sean Johnson, Alexander Callens, Anton Tinnerholm.

New York Red Bulls

  • Out of Contract: Aaron Long.

Orlando City

  • Out of Contract: Joao Moutinho, Mason Stajduhar.

Philadelphia Union

  • Out of Contract: Alejandro Bedoya, Joe Bendik.

Real Salt Lake

  • Out of Contract: Marcelo Silva.

San Jose Earthquakes

  • Out of Contract: Eric Remedi, Shea Salinas.

Seattle Sounders

  • Out of Contract: Jimmy Medranda.

Sporting Kansas City

  • Out of Contract: Roger Espinoza, Kortne Ford.

Toronto FC

  • Out of Contract: Jonathan Osorio, Alex Bono.

Vancouver Whitecaps

  • Out of Contract: Florian Jungwirth.

Comments

  1. I would love to see Atlanta United bring back Esco and Eric. Those guys brought it for us AND there “replacements” have been there equals. I know that is not likely to happen with Bocanegra still being the general manager, but let me dream?

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    • I’m not a 5 stripes supporter, still I follow the team. Moved back 2 the Atown 3 months after the start of the ‘17 MLS season. Tata had a 4-2-3-1 the 1st year, then switched to 3-5-2 the 2nd year (‘18). The key to any playing style is formation and players that fit into it. Boca traded for Nagbe (& others), and improved play by Miggy & Gressel helped of course but Jeff Laewentaritz (misspelled, I know), was an extremely important piece as a 6 and utility player. Remedi is a better player. He’s an 8, in a 4-2-3-1, no D-mid, imo. Doesn’t have what Jeff gave to the 3-5-2 system. Atl doesn’t have those players or Tata. Since Tata left, Vamos Venezuela! has suffered. And there hasn’t been a specific playing style until now, Pineda’s 2nd year. As an Orlando City fan, I hope the pieces don’t fit, cuz Tata’s 5 stripes played some attractive futbol! Difficult for teams to play against. I think, the free agent market will be low for the players. There’s gonna be a lot of vets at the end of the season. Surplus if you will. “I think, we’re gonna need a bigger boat!”

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