The article posits that all the new TAM is designed not just to increase spending, but also to add flexibility in how to spend. Instead of burning $15 million on 3 great DPs, a team can now spread a lot of that around a larger number of TAM players. Indeed, the article posits that many teams will forego a 3rd DP in favor of multiple TAM players.

So, what would your ideal roster look like?

Here are the parameters you have in 2018.

- The total salary budget for the whole roster is $4,035,000.
- The maximum budget charge for any player is $504,375.
- The minimum budget charge for senior roster players is $68,325.
- You can have 0-3 DPs and pay them all you want, but each carry a budget charge equal to the maximum.
- You can spend $5.2 million in TAM.*
- The TAM can be used for any player making between the maximum budget charge and $1.5 million.
- TAM players will be bought down between $150,000 and the maximum budget charge.
- 20 players total will count against the salary budget.
- Remaining players will make the league minimum.**

** - There are a few technical rules here regarding homegrown players and GA players, and some of that taking up TAM money, etc., but let's ignore for simplicity.

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2017...ted-allocation-money-infusion-will-affect-mls