The MLS Reserve Division allows teams to provide meaningful, competitive matches to players outside of the main lineup, giving them important, game experience.
Each MLS team fields a reserve squad to play 10 official games, two against each opponent in a six-team region. The top eight teams will qualify for the Reserve Division playoffs.
MLS Reserve Division Format:
•Each team will play 10 games (5 home and 5 away), two against each region opponent.
•Reserve teams may only use players from one of three sources:
(1) First team;
(2) Academy protected-player list;
•Suspensions attributable to yellow and red cards issued in Reserve Division games shall only be imposed for future Reserve Division matches and not for games during the MLS regular season. Conversely, suspensions attributable to yellow and red cards issued during MLS regular season games shall not apply to Reserve Division matches.
•Any player who receives four yellow cards during the Reserve Division season shall be suspended from the next Reserve Division game in which he may appear.