Since the salary figures have been out for hours, and on one has posted here about them, I guess y'all are waiting for me. Here goes:
While it's never been made clear which number goes into the cap, it does seem to be the guaranteed #, which includes annualized share of signing bonuses and incentives. Of course, that doesn't apply to the DPs. Some folks go on the working assumption that the off-budget roster is confined to Homegrowns, GenAd players and those making league minimums. I'm not sure if that's true, or if there is some flexibility to add players off-budget, even if they don't fit into those categories or salary levels. Still, I'll go with the flow on this. That leaves DCU with 9 of-budget players, including Ethan White, Conor Shanosky, Michael Seaton, Syamsir Alam, Joe Willis, Andrew Dykstra, Taylor Kemp, Raphael Augusto and, for argument's sake, Kyle Porter (Porter's base is league minimum, even if he has a higher guaranteed #).
This year's cap is $2.95 million. So, assuming that DCU has an 19-player salary budget that covers everyone else, from DeRo down to Korb, they are
--roughly about $131,000-- almost precisely $100,000 over-budget....before allocations.
As for allocation $$ -- The league no longer has the $35k bonus for not filling the last 2 budget slots. It's not even clear if DCU got any regular allocation. The rules this year make mention of ways that teams can get allocation money, but don't make any mention of whether the league still has a baseline allocation for each time, adjusted by reverse order of finish. Aside from the Andy Najar transfer, DCU wouldn't qualify for the identified other sources of allocation money. So, there may or may not be some regular allocation DCU got from MLS.
Though it's not apparent from the rules, I am assuming that each team does get some allocation, with the worst teams getting more than those that finished ahead of them. DCU would have the lowest regular allocation based on order of finish, That's because we finished 3rd, and didn't make MLS Cup, or CONCACAF Champions League, or win the USOC. We don't know what that number might be, but I'd guess it's probably enough to cover the current $131,000 budget cap excess.
More importantly, United did get gobs of allocation money for dealing Najar -- a total of $650k, which could be used to complete a transfer for one of the loaners (Rafael, Raphael or Marcos Sanchez -- what about Syamsir, you say? Are you really asking that?). Right now, I'm not sure that United would want to bring any of those guys on permanently. That money is also available for signing a DP at midseason. A DP signed in the summer would carry only a $200k salary cap charge. So, there would be room for a DP (roster slot #20) and maybe another higher-paid player to replace someone else in the budget roster. I can't wait....