DP and its Gamble

DP and its Gamble

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 8, 2007
  • 2 Comments

The Designated Player. Everyone wants their team to have one or two and we all want them now. Believe me, I was hoping for Dallas to land Edgar Davis a couple months ago but the money wasn’t there to land him. A lot of teams are in that boat. But now it looks as though, or at least according to Soccer America, that there could be one or two players signed to the DP rule.

I honestly have no idea who in the world those one or two players could possibly be at this point. Some signs indicate Blanco, who is old and still a bit pissy if you ask me. Others from New York to Chicago are still holding their breath for some Frenchman named Zidane, while some up in the New England area have been salivating over Robbie Fowler.

Its understandable to get hopeful here. The large Beckham contract has gotten a lot of people curious about this DP rule. But we all know its a total gamble.

While some foreign players have panned out and were playing well above their price (ie. Christian Gomez, or some could say Dewayne de Rosario). The fact still remains that the league should not waste these DPs that they have at their so called disposal.

To me, I would have loved to see the Red Bulls land Agustin Delgado last month before FIFA stepped in and said there was a suspension. It would have made total sense for the team and the league to get that sort of player.

And honestly that is where the league should look for these type of players. They shouldn’t look East to Europe unless they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can land a great player like they have with Beckham. They should look south to South America. Use some of these DP spots on solid names from South America who will produce. Save some money though too, they will come up here for a lot lower of a price than a fancy European.

DC is already seeing the benefits of their off season land in Luciano Emilio. He has brought a lot to the table already for the Black-And-Red. I can easily see this working for a lot of teams.

Look south MLS, look south. Its a gamble no matter what but it may prove to be worth it more than getting an overpriced player from the east who doesn’t have much left in the tank.

  • Jeff Bull

    Looks like we saw the same article, but took a different tack in discussing it; I was more concerned with warning the league off Blanco, who, skills aside, I <a href="http://itsasimplegame.blogspot.com/2007/03/dp-slots-blanco-hmmmm.html&quot; target="_blank">don't think</a> would work well in MLS.<br />
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    Anyway, given the competitive disadvantage between MLS and Europe, I think you're on the right track with the &quot;look South&quot; mantra. DC United has shown what kind of players can be found down there – and they're picking up bargains to boot. It's that last piece that has me wondering about the value of the DP. Still, it's a worthy experiment…just would recommend against getting too attached to it.

  • Looks like we saw the same article, but took a different tack in discussing it; I was more concerned with warning the league off Blanco, who, skills aside, I don’t think would work well in MLS.

    Anyway, given the competitive disadvantage between MLS and Europe, I think you’re on the right track with the “look South” mantra. DC United has shown what kind of players can be found down there – and they’re picking up bargains to boot. It’s that last piece that has me wondering about the value of the DP. Still, it’s a worthy experiment…just would recommend against getting too attached to it.