If you've been reading 3rd Degree a long time, you will recognize this feature.
If not here's a quick explanation, the roster dance is a simple break down of the somewhat complicated MLS roster rules and where all the FC Dallas players fit in it.
This is the first take for 2011, players will be moving as fortunes change. The Roster Dance can, and does, change frequently.
You can find the Roster Dance during the season here: http://www.3rddegree.net/roster-dance/
Last updated: 2/18/2011
Senior Roster (18 to 20)
MLS rosters are expanding to 30. Players 1 to 20 are on the senior roster and have to fit in the salary cap. (MLS teams may carry only 18 players on this senior roster if they wish)
FCD has 8 international slots in 2010 with 7 currently filled.
Players occupying roster spots 1-24 will earn at least $42,000 in 2011.
Off-Budget Roster (9)
Roster Spots 21 to 30. Generation adidas, developmental players, and home grown. Players 24 and under that don't count on the salary cap. MLS teams can have a maximum of 10 off-budget players, which would only happen if they carry less than 20 on the senior roster.
Players occupying roster spots 25-30 will earn at least $32,600 in 2011.
Anyone connected, rumored, tried out, waived, training invited, or signed as a short term player.