Portland Timbers selected first, Vancouver Whitecaps FC picked second, and the two alternated picks thereafter.
Existing teams were allowed to protect 11 players from their rosters. Generation Adidas players were automatically protected, though players who graduated from the program to the senior roster at the end of the 2010 season were not.
After each player was selected, his team was allowed to remove one exposed player from their list.
Any developmental players selected were required to move up to the senior roster for the 2011 season.