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A new category: 'MLS Fund Players'
by Paul Kennedy, February 13th, 2014 8:24PM

TAGS:  mls, montreal impact, portland timbers


[SOCIAL MEDIA WATCH] You can learn a lot about MLS from Twitter or those who archive deleted tweets. Example: Portland Timbers president Merritt Paulson reveals some of the intricacies of the secret world of MLS player movement.

In a subreddit titled "Dsignated Player vs League DP vs MLS Fund Player - Thanks Merritt!" by the poster "IRraymaker" on Reddit, an edited twitter exchange -- since deleted -- between Paulson and Portland free-lance writer John Nyen examines some of the terminology of MLS player moves.

It comes up because of the impending arrival of Uruguayan forward Santiago Gonzalez to Montreal as what was described as a "impact DP player."

Paulson said there was a new category of player -- MLS Fund player -- like the Timbers young Argentina forward Maximiliano Urruti, whose rights were purchased by the league with its own funds -- hence the name -- and loaned to the club.

Paulson acknowledged that the transactions are "well outlined to clubs/owners but confusing structure and has not been well explained to public/fans."

Paulson, who gave the caveat that the views were his and not of the league, added that "MLS is not 'mature' yet. still growing/changing. Sometimes good reasons behind full explanation. but increased transparency impt."

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