The League earlier in the week mandated that all teams be roster compliant by 5 pm on Wednesday. This came on the heels of the newly announced CBA between the League and Players Union, which called for some changes to the roster specifics.
We'll try to condense what classifies as a compliant roster, with at least the most popular or common classifications...
* Teams can have no more than 24 eligible players on their rosters. Twenty players are classified as Senior Roster players, and four are classified as 'Supplemental' roster players (these players were formerly known as Developmental). Supplemental players must be under age 25, and their salaries don't count towards a team's salary budget (announced by MLS as $2.55 million for 2010).
* Eligible players must be signed to contracts and have all necessary paperwork completed and received by MLS, such as: loan agreements; International Transfer Certificate; appropriate work visa; or legal paperwork that permits them to work in the U.S. - such as permanent residence or refugee status.
* Teams may have a certain number of International players among the 24. These are non U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card). All International player slots are tradable, therefore a team may have more than or less than the eight International players slots that were originally assigned prior to 2009. The Rapids have nine slots available.
Here's the Rapids official compliant roster as of today's deadline:
Goalkeeper: Matt Pickens, Steward Ceus^, Ian Joyce
Defenders: Danny Earls*, Julien Baudet*, Michael Holody^, Kosuke Kimura, Drew Moor, Oscar Murillo*, Scott Palguta, Rob Valentino^.
Midfielders: Mehdi Ballouchy*, Colin Clark, Jeff Larentowicz, Ross LaBauex, Nick LaBrocca, Pablo Mastroeni, Ciaran O'Brien^, Jamie Smith*, Wells Thompson.
Forwards: Andre Akpan, Conor Casey, Omar Cummings*, Ross Schunk
^ Supplemental (4)
* International (6 of 9 available)