Who’s going to replace all these DPs?

This offseason is shaping up to be a brutal one in terms of MLS’ coterie of high-priced designated players. Let’s review:

* Beckham – almost certainly gone
* Donovan – quite likely gone
* Gallardo – desperately wants out

So, who’s going to come in and fill this void in starpower? Are teams going to shy away from using the DP after seeing United’s and the Galaxy’s struggles with it? If not, what kind of players do you think are available if an MLS team wanted to go spend its DP during the season? Are targets like Del Piero, Owen or Veron real possibilities or just agent-fodder?

More importantly than the names that are available, are there any real difference-makers available for a team willing to spend a DP on one? Remember, a DP doesn’t have to be foreign. Could an ambitious team go get Clint Dempsey if Fulham get relegated?

Anyway, these are all just questions that came to mind this morning. What do you think?

PS: And I am not just saying this to piss off Loney – but what are the Galaxy thinking trying to sign Michael Owen? He makes Gallardo look rugged, averaging only 17 club appearances-per-season since arriving at Newcastle.

Amongst last season’s top ten players in MLS scoring, not one had less than 21 appearances (Casey) and as a whole, they averaged nearly 26 (league only) appearances. There is simply no way Owen would hold up over an MLS season.


4 thoughts on “Who’s going to replace all these DPs?

  1. The thing I find funny is that what happened to the World’s Etcheverry’s, Ceinfuegos’, or Novak’s. There were players that were the DPs of their days. Where did they go? Are there really no Preke’s out there? No Valdarramas?

    MLS has always had its DPs. But once we started calling them that, we started signing the Reyna’s, Gallardo’s, and Denilson’s.

  2. TCompton – haven’t European salaries escalated on a tremendous scale since MLS start-up? There have been a couple analyses done on BigSoccer that showed this salary inflation was not anticipated by the MLS founders.

  3. Two questions:

    1) How many teams with a DP have won MLS Cup? (remember GBS wasn’t a DP)
    2) What percentage of DP’s have given value for the money? (very few)

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