Orlando City midfielder Sacha Kljestan is now a Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) player, a league source confirmed to Pro Soccer USA.
Kljestan was one of three designated players for Orlando City last season. Three is the maximum number of DPs a team can have under MLS roster regulations, so when the club signed Nani to a designated player deal, it needed to buy down the salary budget charge of either Kljestan, star striker Dom Dwyer or young designated player Josue Colmán.
TAM allows a club to buy down a players’ salary budget charge in order to convert to designated player to a non-designated player. Players who make more than the max budget charge of $504,375 but less than $1,504,375, according to the 2018 MLS roster rules and regulations, are eligible to have their budget charges bought down with TAM. All three of Orlando City’s 2018 designated players made less than that last season.
According to the collective bargaining agreement between the MLS Players Association and the league, the team salary budget for 2019 will be “no less” than $4,240,000. A player’s max salary budget charge, according to the CBA, can be 12.5 percent of the team salary budget, which would make the max salary budget charge in $530,000 in 2019.
According to data released by the MLS Players Association, Kljestan made $1,100,000.04 in total compensation last season.
Orlando City opens its season with a home match against NYCFC at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.