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MLS's DP short-timers
by Paul Kennedy, March 16th, 2011 11:41PM

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[THE SIXER] MLS clubs have been hit and miss with their signings of Designated Players. Blaise Nkufo became the sixth DP to last less than a year in MLS when Seattle announced on Tuesday it had agreed to part company with the Swiss international. For more on Nkufo, released following a preseason incident, and the other five DPs, all major busts ...

DENILSON (FC Dallas). The Brazilian broke a world record when he commanded a transfer fee of $32 million in 1998, but by the time he debuted with Dallas in September 2007 his career was on a downward slide. He lasted only 11 games before Dallas decided not to pick up his option. He spent the 2008 season on the bench at Palmeiras in Brazil before moving on to Vietnam, where he lasted three weeks, and Greece, where was released by Kavala after having failed to make an appearance in three months.

LUIS ANGEL LANDIN (Houston). Only 25, the Mexican should have done well with the Dynamo, which was hoping he'd draw in Houston's large Mexican-American community, but he disappointed in seven games during the Dynamo's run to the 2009 Western Conference final. He played nine games in 2010 before being shipped back to Mexico, where Cruz Azul owned his contract. He's now playing on loan at Atlante, for which he has played just 92 minutes and failed to score in 10 games in the Torneo Clausura.

MISTA (Toronto FC). The signs weren't good that Miguel Angel Ferrer Martinez would be the answer to Toronto FC's scoring problems. The 31-year-old Spaniard had just five goals in the previous four La Liga seasons with Atletico Madrid and Deportivo Coruna. He failed to score in nine MLS games last season and was waived in November, just four months after arriving in Toronto.

NERY CASTILLO (Chicago). Castillo was supposed to replace Cuauhtemoc Blanco as the Fire's Mexican national team star, but he played only eight games in MLS and didn't score a goal in 2010. Castillo was born in Mexico to a Uruguayan soccer player and grew up in Greece, where he starred for Olympiakos. But since moving to Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007 for $26 million, it's been one club after another: Manchester City, Dnipro, Chicago and now Aris, all on loan.

GEOVANNI (San Jose). The Quakes picked up the 30-year-old Brazilian as their first DP signing for their late-season push to the playoffs in 2010. He scored one goal and added three assists in 12 games but was no re-signed for the 2011 season. He's now playing in Brazil with Vitoria.

BLAISE NKUFO (Seattle). The 35-year-old Nkufo was not expected to start Tuesday's opener against Los Angeles because of an incident that took place during training camp, but the announcement shortly before kickoff that he was cut loose came as a shock. He didn't exactly tear up MLS after joining the Sounders from TC Twente following the 2010 World Cup, but he was hardly a bust like the other DP short-timers. Nkufo scored five goals in 11 games.



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  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: March 17, 2011 at 8:43 a.m.
    In Seattle you have look at the coach. First he gets rid of the Swede and now the Swiss. (Strange they are both cousins to the Germanic language). Sigi is too old fashion and a "has been at best". He can't handle real professional players coming from any other country. They have no respect for him as do the American born and raised, who have not experienced the other side of the fence. He is not going to elevate the Sounders where the fans want it. Shame because they have the best fans in the MLS and if you loose them....? and you will! They deserve better wake up management. BTW Iam a fan of LA and NY and Salt Lake after seeing them last night.

  1. Fernando Paz
    commented on: March 17, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.
    Antonio don't worry here in seattle the fans are a little ticked off, and by the way it sounds is that the fans are going to vote him out. The fans want a european coach. We are tired of the coaches that use the old American philosphy of defense first.Seattle has alot of young talent more than half the team is under 24. and they are offensive players. Can't wait for a newer slimmer coach

  1. Manuel Trejo-von Angst
    commented on: March 17, 2011 at 8:52 p.m.
    I don't think I get what you mean by: "(Strange they are both cousins to the Germanic language)" How does that impact the decision at all? If anything you would think it would help them. (Oh and BTW The German speaking Swiss speak German so it isn't a cousin so much as it is just German. Furthermore, the language we are typing in right now is a Germanic language. Probably more closely related than even Swedish and German are actually.) @Fernando: Why on earth would you want to vote in a European coach? Foreign coaches have been near universal flops in MLS. Hans Backe has been far and away the most successful at understanding and implementing policies that work in this league. I would be careful what I wished for if I were you guys.


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