- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 24, 2012
- 0 Comments
- Designated Players, Features, Kenny Miller, Kris Boyd
Everyone loves this debate these days – which Designated Player was a bust or not?
I’ve seen a ton lately on Kris Boyd up in Portland and how his days there in the Rose City are likely numbered. It makes sense, the last two times I watched him play (one in person, the other on TV) I wasn’t impressed. He was lazy, uninterested in contributing and honestly he didn’t get a ton of help from his teammates in either game.
Boyd was a big signing, one that I thought highly of at the start of the season just like most folks. He scored goals and lots of them but as the season wore on, his interest in the team seem to waver and with John Spencer (the big reason why he came to Portland in the first place) gone from his coaching post, Boyd really just had to go through the motions of the season.
Let’s be honest here though, Boyd’s season was decent at best but once the summer months hit it turned into a bust. A big one.
I think the same will be said about Vancouver Whitecaps’ striker Kenny Miller. He’s got a couple goals on the season but he hasn’t figured out MLS defenses at all yet and is certainly not the goalscorer that Vancouver thought he once was when they signed him.
Boyd and Miller aren’t the only DPs worth mentioning here that were brought in for this season. Hamdi Sahili hasn’t been anything special for D.C. United. The same could be said about someone like Shalrie Joseph who finally got DP money after begging for it during his good years.
Some teams get plenty of bang for their buck. Chicago for instance has done very well over the years with their DP pickups, the same can usually be said for Seattle and LA. Toronto has struggled with keeping their DPs healthy, while Dallas and Columbus have finally figured out how to do DPs the right way.
Sometimes it is tough to gage DPs and any international player that comes to MLS during the midseason. Some are great (Mauro Rosales anyone?), others do pretty well (Fedrico Higuian), while others struggle to live up to the hype (Miller).
I think once the season is over we’ll go through a more in-depth look at this year’s DPs. The good, the bad and the ugly.