Grant Wahl — the news-breaker he is — dropped some MLS news on us today, saying that an $8.8 million infusion of targeted allocation money is incoming.
That amount, he says, is above and beyond what had already been earmarked for 2017, and it’s an average of $400,000 for each team — meaning the total, Wahl says, is now up to $1.2 million.
Targeted allocation money infusions are particularly interesting, because they can only be used in certain circumstances — particularly to buy down the salary cap hit of players who are making more than the designated player breaking point.
It’s difficult to say how Real Salt Lake would use this money, but given the plethora of departures — with Burrito Martinez capping it off after he announced that he’s asked for a release — we’re certainly in for a rocky season.
We’ll have more on RSL’s salary cap situation later today.