NY’s Second DP Slot Question

NY’s Second DP Slot Question

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 16, 2008
  • Designated Player

Like many of you I too wondered a great deal about the famed second designated player slot that the New York Red Bulls owned. With the announcement of Claudio Reyna’s retirement today the question on everyone’s mind was surrounding that second DP slot.

As we all recall New York traded for a second DP slot back before last year with Chivas USA when they sent midfielder Amado Guevara and a draft pick for Chivas USA’s DP slot. From what I understand and later dug up was that the slot would expire and return to Chivas at the end of the 2009 season.

That seems to be the popular answer to the question though. I’m still trying to find a definite answer to it though because amazingly neither club’s media guides had anything definitive on the deal.

Some thought the slot was for just two years and it would go back to Chivas after this season. That I believe is not the answer though. After the 2009 season the league is expected to re-evaluate the DP slot and either wipe the idea all together, keep it the way it is now or expand on it and allow clubs to have two slots.

More than likely the first of those three won’t happen as the DP has been largely seen as a success and more people are calling for them to expand the idea of it. I honestly see the league staying for another couple years the way with the way they are on the slot. Keeping it to one per team and allow it to be traded around if needed.