Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Sick of Those Designated Players
USSoccerPlayers, October 19th, 2007 5PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

As good a player as Juan Pablo Angel certainly is, he didn't play like an MVP Thursday night during New York's 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy, says USSoccerPlayers Ian Plenderleith. In fact, "continually citing him as the personification of the huge and almighty success of the Designated Player rule is getting old," he says, especially in light of his dodgy finishing. Angel should have easily had three goals Thursday night, but instead of being chided for a poor night, he continues to get "a free ride" from the ESPN2 commentary team. 

Plenderleith's point is that the DP rule hasn't turned out as well as the league would have you believe. Sure, Angel has had several good games for New York and so has Cuauhtemoc Blanco of Chicago (although he's played just half a season), but David Beckham can't yet be called a success (four league games, three losses, one draw, and two assists), Denilson of FC Dallas has been a bust so far (will he even start against Kansas City Saturday?), and the injured Claudio Reyna, with three assists in 21 games, "has hardly been an impact player." 

And so we're repeatedly hit over the head with Angel as the shining example of the DP rule's success. But let's not forget in assessing the worth of these players that they're incredibly expensive when weighed against the league-mandated salary cap. Meanwhile, none of the teams with DPs will have finished in the top four this season.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Ozil on the Defensive    
In an interview with German news outlet FAZ, Arsenal's much-maligned playmaker Mesut Ozil defended his record ...
LVG: We Threw Away Three Points     
Louis van Gaal said that Manchester United threw three points away as Leicester City twice rallied ...
Messi Closes in on 400 Career Goals     
After scoring the last of Barcelona's five goals against Levante on Sunday, Lionel Messi moved to ...
Bayern Looking Up at Paderborn    
Just four games into the Bundesliga season and Bayern Munich finds itself in the unfamiliar position ...
PSG Continues Slow Start     
For the third game in a row, struggling French champ Paris Saint-Germain drew 1-1 after taking ...
Inzaghi Responds to Milan President's Criticism     
Milan President Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday fired a thinly veiled criticism at Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi ...
Mourinho: Lampard 'Love Story' Over at Chelsea     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho proclaimed that the "love story" between his Blues and current Manchester City ...
Nigerian U-20 star Dike hopes more Cowgirl goals will come    
Goals by Courtney Dike helped Nigeria reach the final of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in ...
Inzaghi: Milan Has Nothing to Lose Against Juve     
AC Milan on Saturday hosts Juventus in an early-season top-of-the-standings clash of Italian heavyweights. While Milan ...
London Wins Semis and Final of Euro 2020    
UEFA on Friday awarded Wembley Stadium in London as the venue for the semifinals and final ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives