- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 21, 2007
- 6 Comments
One thing that went a little under my radar last week was the discussion on the MLS Designated Player rule and how guys like Landon Donovan, Eddie Johnson, and Carlos Ruiz would fair next season with it.
The MLS decided to not upgrade each player’s contract into a DP for next year, thus helping each club out, more so helping the Galaxy. We knew last year that these three would be helped out and have their big names grandfathered into the DP status, but we didn’t expect it do go on another year.
And so it did, the MLS sneaked it in during a big time week with an expansion announcement and the MLS Cup. Right under the radar. I saw it but decided to keep it on the back-burner until now really.
In a way I understand the movement and why the league did it and on the other hand I think it is total crap. Sure it helps out my club Dallas some with Ruiz but that is another story for another day really on Ruiz with me.
No, the biggest reason why this is a crock-of-shit is because of how it helps LA. The reason is, they could kept the deal the way it was and let those guys become DPs but MLS needed the Galaxy to keep Donovan and since Galaxy president Alexi Lalas has already unloaded everything of value on the roster short of Beckham, Cannon and Donovan. Lalas really has no way of trading for a DP, so that is out of the question right now.
The MLS stepped in before the Galaxy had to unload a bunch of money and some high draft picks (they have plenty of those this year) to some club like Salt Lake or Toronto for a DP.
Lando won’t be a DP…just yet. Unless he goes back to San Jose with Yallop, which could still happen, but even that is another story for another day.
I’m with Ives on this one, how long will AEG (the Galaxy’s owner) play the “we saved your asses from going bankrupt card” to get what they want from the league?
Probably for as long as they’d like if you ask me. The MLS knows they owe a lot to AEG but how long before some of these other non-AEG clubs start to take notice and step up to the league about it? I kind of believe the league should have made LA trade for the second DP (along with Dallas and KC trading for one if they wanted to) instead of saving their asses like this.
As much as the DP has changed the landscape of the league, it only changed things for some teams that paid the loot to get a big named player. And only Chicago and New York really saw any type of success with a DP. You could argue that LA got plenty of value in Beckham and I do believe they did but the on field success was a different story all together. We know Dallas got next to nothing out of Denilson and will probably think again before they get a DP next time around.
The league is changing rules on the fly to help one club out. I think other clubs need to step up to this here. I’d be fine with making Dallas either trade for another DP spot to keep Ruiz (that is if they are keeping Denlison), it is really only fair to everyone else though.
What do you all make of this? Is this much to do about nothing or do people like me and Ives have a point here?