MLS: Grading Each Team’s Designated-Player Rule Signings

The Designated Player Rule was put in place by MLS for the 2007 season.

Since the implementation of this rule, the landscape of Major League Soccer has changed.

Part of the change is due to the implementation of the rule, which allowed for the signing of a player at a higher salary. Only part of the salary counts against the cap, while the remaining portion is picked up by the team's ownership.

Currently, teams are allowed to have two Designated Players, but can pay a fee of $250,000 to the league for a third DP spot. The fee is spread amongst the other teams in the league.

The following is a look at each team’s endeavors into the world of Designated Players and how they fared.

The years listed by the player are years the player was a DP not necessarily the years the DP was a member of the team.

My opinion is based mostly on what I personally have seen, and I welcome all feedback and arguments.


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