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
DP Rule is Under-Delivering
U.S. Soccer Players, March 20th, 2007 3:52PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Major League Soccer simply doesn't have enough to show for its new designated player rule, says Brian Straus of U.S. Soccer Players. David Beckham and Claudio Reyna are great additions to the league, but each series of "major announcements" by the league since then have had nothing to do with "what we'll see on the field starting April 7," Straus says, adding that the truly big announcements have been the league's failure to sign the major players it's been endlessly linked with: Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Edgar Davids, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Robbie Fowler and others.

Today, with just three weeks left until the season opener, the 10 other MLS clubs with DP slots (Chivas USA traded its away to New York) have declined to use their DP salary-cap exemption slot, and why's that? Many clubs don't have the money, while other clubs owned by big organizations may be playing it cautious, content to sit back and see how the Beckham situation plays out.

MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis said it's still too early to draw conclusions about the DP rule, which he says will last at least three years. "We're fairly confident that you're going to see some more significant players signed under the designated player rule, and by more than two teams," he told Straus, adding that MLS never expected it to be "a mechanism that more than half of our teams would immediately use." Well, two is certainly less than half of 13, but Straus points out that the $400K hit teams against their cap for using the DP slot is still 20 percent of a team's budget, which is probably too much. How about getting rid of that rule? 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
Borussia Dortmund Enters Break at Bottom    
Borussia Dortmund, German champion in 2011 and 2012, enters the Bundesliga winter break tied for last ...
Eric Abidal Bids Adieu    
Former France international defender Eric Abidal played his last official game Saturday as his Olympiakos team ...
The price of being an EPL mascot    
Just how do those adorable boys and girls who hold hands with their favorite stars and ...
World Champs Sell 3 Million Jerseys    
Adidas announced it has sold more than three million Germany national team replica jerseys shirts in ...
Freddy Adu Leaves Serbian Club    
Orlando City Signs Shea     
New MLS club Orlando City on Friday announced the signing of U.S. national team midfielder Brek ...
Report: Juve Eyes January Move for Falcao     
According to Italian soccer site Calciomercato, Manchester United may consider getting second-choice striker Radamel Falcao's huge ...
Reus Fined $665K for Driving without a License    
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has been handed one of the biggest driving fines in German ...
Balotelli Receives One-Game Ban, Fine for Instagram Post    
Mario Balotelli received a one game ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds after being found ...
Robbie Rogers: FIFA 'Insane' to Host World Cup in Russia, Qatar    
LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers has spoken out about FIFA's decision to stage the next ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives