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Atlanta United opens a roster spot and puts to bed hopes of a return this year
Atlanta United announced today that Josef Martinez is being placed on the league’s season ending injury list, opening a spot on the teams roster during what is expected to be a busy summer transfer window.
A club spokesperson said Martinez’s rehabilitation of a torn ACL suffered in a win against Nashville SC on February 29 is still on schedule.
According to MLS roster rules, iff a player suffers a season-ending injury, a club may place that injured player on the Season-Ending Injury List and receive roster relief (i.e., an open roster slot). Once placed on the Season-Ending Injury List, the injured player will not be eligible to play for the club in any remaining competition during that MLS season (including any exhibition games or tournaments, CONCACAF Champions League, Canadian Championship and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games).
If a player on a club’s Senior Roster is put on the Injured List, the club may receive roster relief (i.e., an open roster slot). The club will not receive salary budget relief for that player and will be responsible for the injured player’s full Salary Budget Charge. Only clubs that have or can create extra Salary Budget space will be able to temporarily replace players on the Injured List. A club must have priority over any replacement player it adds (e.g., via Discovery, Right of First Refusal, etc.)
Atlanta United will receive Salary Budget relief (paid out of the club’s own pocket) as Martinez’s injury fits the required parameters:
- The injured player must be earning at least $100,000 per annum.
- The injured player must have suffered the season-ending injury prior to the close of the Primary Transfer Window and the new player must be acquired as of such date.
- The replacement player may earn up to $250,000 but not more than the player who suffered the season-ending injury.
- A credit in the amount of the replacement player’s charge will be applied to the player who suffered the Season-Ending Injury. The club shall reimburse the League an amount equal to such credit.
- Clubs will only be allowed to sign one such replacement player per MLS League Season.