The 18 year old former Michigan star has signed with the MLS, after testing the waters in Europe without being able to find a home. The weighted lottery will take place on Tuesday. Soony is a very talented player, as his 19 goals as a college Freshman shows. He definitely will be a good addition to any team in the MLS. Hopefully the Fire end up winning the lottery. Follow me after the break to shed light on details of the weighted lottery...
Here is what I found regarding the weighted lottery rules. I don't believe they have changed recently, at least not that I am aware of.
Some players shall be assigned to MLS teams via the weighted Lottery process. Any team assigned a player through the lottery in any particular season shall not be assigned another lottery player that season unless and until all teams have received a lottery player or have agreed to waive their option to participate in a Lottery. The players made available through lotteries include:
(i) Generation adidas players signed after the MLS SuperDraft;
(ii) Draft eligible players to whom an MLS contract was offered but who failed to sign with the League prior to the Draft.
The weighted lottery takes into consideration each team's performance over its last 30 regular season games and the most recent postseason. The team with the worst record over its last 30 regular season games (dating back to previous season if necessary and taking playoff performance into account) will have the greatest probability of winning the lottery. Teams are not required to participate in a lottery. Players are assigned via the lottery system in order to prevent a player from potentially influencing his destination club with a strategic holdout.
Considering the Fire did not have a successful season last year, I have to think our odds are higher than a good number of other teams.