MLS Transfers: 6 Big-Name Stars Who Could Become Designated Players in 2013

MLS transfers have carried a different connotation since David Beckham’s arrival in 2007.

It is now commonplace to have world-class players the likes of Kaká and Luís Fabiano linked to a potential move stateside.

Unless you are a dedicated, die-hard fanatic of the league, the trades of Jamison Olave and Fabian Espindola just won’t do it for you.

As we have seen in previous narratives, it’s the big name that moves the needle in sports.

In MLS, that movement is triggered by the acquisition of a designated player.

Try as you might, the definitive implications of Beckham’s arrival to MLS cannot yet be determined. The perceived success or failure of his tenure will be debated for years to come. 

But the Beckham experiment already succeeded in this regard: Big-name talent is no longer absent from MLS.

Every transfer window presents the opportuni...

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