WVH DP Wishlist

WVH DP Wishlist

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 5, 2010
  • 9 Comments
  • Adolfo Bautista, Arjen Robben, Designated Player, Omar Brava, Patrick Vieira, Pavel Pardo, Robert Pires, Thierry Henry

I’ve given this new look designated player rule a lot of thought these last few days. I’ve gone back and forth over who the clubs should be going after now that the rules are relaxed a bit. We know the DP rule comes with some advantages and disadvantages. We also know that some clubs are going to be more reluctant to use it even with the lower cap hit.

With the World Cup this summer it was a perfect time for the league to expand the rule. Its no longer about bringing in a high profile guy to boost your club on and off the field. More clubs have learned that you can’t always get a David Beckham or a Blanco. And a lot of clubs know that for every Beckham comes a Denilsen or a Marcello Gallardo.

The risk is there but the risk is worth taking for most clubs.

So who exactly will the clubs be looking at for their DP slots? No doubt clubs like Seattle, New York, LA and Toronto already have their eyes set on a number of guys to throw money at. It wouldn’t shock me to see a couple others take a gamble this summer after the World Cup either.

I have my list as probably most of you do too. Most are the names we’ve seen for months, if not years now. Some are based on rumors, and some will be a total pipe dream. There’s a good chance we’ll only see one or two of these guys in a MLS uniform in the next year or so but you just never know. The new additions to this rule could really be a game changer in MLS.

1. Thierry Henry, F. – I don’t think we have to mention why this one would be so big. Three clubs are likely to go after him this summer. Seattle, LA and New York. In all honesty its down to Seattle and NY in my book. There isn’t a bigger player on the planet that is willing enough to come over to MLS right now. He’s the new Beckham if you will, and one that may take the league where most thought Beckham would take it to. Its hard to see MLS going for a transfer fee to get him this summer but we’ve seen crazier things happen with big stars before.

2. Clarence Seedorf, M. – Here’s a big dream right here, getting someone like Seedorf in MLS. He’s 34 right now but believe me he’s still got plenty in the tank. I could see him fitting in well in a LA locker room right now too.

3. Omar Brava, F. – No doubt this would rival Blanco in terms of impact in the Latin community in MLS. At 30, he’d be one of the best strikers the league has ever seen too. You think Chivas USA could use him right now? No doubt he would get some sellouts at the HDC if they brought him in.

4. Adolfo “Bofo” Bautista, F. – Another Mexican star that has come close in the past to a move to MLS, if you believe the rumors. He’d be a good fit in Houston, Dallas, Chivas or with Chicago.

5. Patrick Vieira, M. – His deal is up with Manchester City in June, might be the perfect time to throw some cash his way and get him on this side of the pond. He’d look good in New York, New England or with Philadelphia I would think.

6. Ruud van Nistelrooy, F. – Apparently he’s a friend of RSL owner Dave Checketts. Seriously? Come on Dave, get your boy over here! Could you imagine him alongside Robbie Findley? No doubt RSL would repeat if they had his finishing up top. Too bad he just signed a 18-month contact with Hamberg. Maybe next summer right?

7. Arjen Robben, M. – One of the best wing midfielders I’ve ever seen. No doubt we are years and I mean years away from seeing him in MLS but he’s definitely one for the future. File this one under the pipe dream category.

8. David Suazo, F. – I think we could say his time with Inter Milan is done, perfect time for a MLS club to throw some cash his way to get him over here. The Honduran would be a major player in this league and should be able to adapt to the style of the league rather quickly.

9. Robert Pires, M. – Still loads of creativity and flare in this guy. Wouldn’t it be something to see him linked up with his former Arsenal mate Freddie Ljungberg in Seattle? I’d pay to see that.

10. Pavel Pardo, D/M. – Hearing more rumors about this guy possibly making the jump. He’s another Latin star that would make a solid impact in the league.

  • Kaiser

    Ballack to Philadelphia! I know he's not the player he used to be, but he could be a midfield general for a young team, and help Nowak build a winner. Nowak had a similar role when he came to the league with Chicago.

    Also, I read on SBI that rumors are circulating about Trezeguet (spelling?) coming to LA. Not sure how serious the reports are. Predict that Landon will leave after the World Cup, but then LA will bring in a big time player to replace him.

    Finally Bravo and Pardo to the league would be incredible! Bravo to Chivas, Pardo to Houston or Dallas. The idea of bringing in a couple more Mexican stars makes a lot of sense.

  • Yeah I've seen the Trezequet rumors too, nearly put him on this list as well. Had I gone to 15 or 16 he would have been on it, just ran out of time to write it that long.

    I also thought about Ballack too, he's been a favorite of mine for years. He'd definitely be a great fit in Philly.

  • Phiilyphan

    How about Robbie Keane he would be a great fit in Philly 🙂 or Michael Owen I would take him too.

  • I've always been a big fan of Owen, so seeing him in MLS would be nice but I'd honestly question whether or not he'd be worth the risk given all the injuries he takes.

  • totoro

    Any articles about DP's have Henry on the list…I almost feel he should never be included again. Everyone lists him, there's the rumor and no additional news, and the issue of a transfer fee. It's a bit “done” and not so much fun anymore until we get further news.

    I love Arjen Robben's play, but to me he seems like he'd be a disaster of a DP, esp. if MLS has to wait until he's older. He's the kind of guy you could pay a lot of money for only to have him injured for a good deal of the season.

    Seedorf would be interesting. I had read, though, that he is interested in a UEFA coaching qualification or some such thing, indicating that he'd like to be a manager in Europe one day. So he might want to stick around in Europe.

    Seems like that type of player would be a good choice, though–good passer, creative offensive player.

    Another guy besides Henry who's signed through 2011 but who could be interesting is Rory Delap. Presumably he can keep throwing like that for years.

  • unionhooligan

    Raul would be such a fine addition to Philly, where better for a young squad to learn than from a legend! I also hear the Michael Owen, Robbie Keane talk. I could talk about DP's all day! Great list Drew!

  • rke

    How 'bout Riquelme to DCU?

    (And by the way, it's not really fair to lump Gallardo in with Denilsen — he was actually great on the field the few times he wasn't injured.)

  • unionhooligan

    Raul would be such a fine addition to Philly, where better for a young squad to learn than from a legend! I also hear the Michael Owen, Robbie Keane talk. I could talk about DP's all day! Great list Drew!

  • rke

    How 'bout Riquelme to DCU?

    (And by the way, it's not really fair to lump Gallardo in with Denilsen — he was actually great on the field the few times he wasn't injured.)