How does the mls draft work?
The draft is found in pretty much every professional American
sports league. The way it works is based upon the teams performance
and standing in the previous season.
Therefore, teams get seeded with the worst performing team
getting the highest pick, and the best performing teams are usually
found more towards the bottom.
In the NBA however, the teams that don't make the playoffs have
a weighted chance of getting the number one pick, but that's not
how the MLS works.
Teams then draft in rounds, starting with the #1 pick and then
so on. So in the MLS last year, Toronto gets the #1 pick because
they're completely brand new and Houston probably got the last pick
of each round because they ended up champions. The remaining teams
draft in whatever order their point total fell in (i.e. the Galaxy
owned usually the #5 slot, I think)
Draft picks can be traded though for other players and
allocations. So for the Galaxy, you would have noticed that their
first round pick (#5 over all) was traded to New England for a
player allocation (part of the deal that sent Rick Dempsey to New
England) and New England chose someone in that slot instead.
Hope that helps, I'm sure many more will chime in and tell you