Major League Soccer

Manager, Player Relations - MLS NEXT Pro

Job Locations US-NY-New York
# of Openings


About MLS NEXT Pro

Launched in 2022 by Major League Soccer, MLS NEXT Pro is a professional men’s soccer league in the United States and Canada that completes the pro player pathway. MLS NEXT Pro continues to grow the game through innovation and diversity, bringing professional soccer to new communities and creating global opportunities both on and off the field. MLS NEXT Pro enters its second season in 2023 with 27 teams, all affiliated with MLS clubs. Seven are new to MLS NEXT Pro in 2023: Atlanta United 2, Austin FC II, Crown Legacy FC (Charlotte FC), Huntsville City FC (Nashville SC), LA Galaxy II, Los Angeles Football Club 2 and New York Red Bulls II. Additional MLS-affiliated and independent clubs will join in the years ahead, including Carolina Core FC in 2024 and Cleveland in 2025. The majority of MLS NEXT Pro matches in 2023 will be available to watch live and on-demand on MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app as part of the groundbreaking partnership between Apple and MLS. For more information about MLS NEXT Pro, visit

Reports To

Senior Vice President, Competition & Operations

Position Summary

This role is responsible for player administration as it relates primarily to player contracts, registration, and related payments.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Player administration (e.g. player international and domestic registration, player eligibility inquiries, transfers, loans, etc.)
  • Lead for league Registration Portal, including troubleshooting technical issues for internal and external partners, reporting, and developments
  • Supervise Club roster processes, including player movement and week-to-week and gameday roster submissions
  •  Point of contact for all Clubs on player-related matters (roster rules, player registration, signings, etc.)
  • Connect with US Soccer on player registration and related matters
  • Analyze on-and off-field data for various collaborators, including player trends, historical spending, roster compositions, etc.
  • Liaise with other departments on projects interacting with the league
  • Support legal and compliance function for player signings, club rosters and compliance
  • Lead all club and player compliance documents, processes, and Club adherence to policies
  • Coordinate player entry mechanism process (e.g. Trades, Discovery, Allocation Ranking) with MLS Player Relations Department
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of experience

Required Skills

  • Deep knowledge and curiosity about soccer
  • High-level of dedication to a quality work product and ethics, integrity and compliance
  • Ability to work optimally in a fast paced, team environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing
  • Proven decision making, problem-solving, research, organizational, and writing skills
  • Meticulous with the ability to multi-task and meet targets with minimal direction
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, general data entry

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of FIFA & MLS rules and practices
  • Knowledge of the Spanish Language (business proficiency)
  • Must be open to travel and working non-traditional hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays as required.

Starting Base Salary: $75,000 - $90,000. MLS/SUM base salaries are contingent upon several factors including individual qualifications, market financials, and operational business needs.


We are committed to providing a Total Rewards package that attracts, supports, engages, and retains talent through the following:

  • Benefits – comprehensive and competitive medical, dental, and vision benefits, as well as a suite of programs to promote well-being including a $500 Wellness Reimbursement. A generous PTO offering, and hybrid Office/Remote Work Schedule are also offered to promote Work-Life balance.
  • Career & Professional Development – on the job training, feedback, and ongoing educational opportunities to continue your personal and professional development.
  • Employee Engagement – office perks, discounts and employee events that go “beyond the traditional paycheck” to make you feel a part of our team and inspire you to elevate the Game!

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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