The New England Revolution became the 15th MLS team to utilize the Designated Player Rule when they announced the signing of 22-year-old Argentinian Milton Caraglio on Tuesday. The signing leaves the Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA and Philadelphia Union as the only MLS teams to have never signed a DP. There are now a record 22 DPs in the league, playing on 12 different teams.
"He’s an exciting player," Revolution head coach Steve Nicol said in a team release. "He has a good touch and likes to get forward. We’re looking for Milton to get involved in our goal-scoring, both with him scoring goals and helping get his teammates involved."
Caraglio has played for Argentina's Rosario Central for the past five seasons, scoring 11 goals in 49 first-team appearances. The first four of those seasons were spent in Argentina's first division, before Rosario Central was relegated for the 2010-11 season. Prior to joining the Revolution, Caraglio had been on an extended trial in Europe, even appearing in a West Ham United uniform while they were in the English Premier League. Caraglio also drew interest from some Serie A teams.
The signing likely involved some kind of transfer fee, which is probably why Caraglio is a DP. His signing follows a growing trend in MLS where relatively younger players with little name recognition are signed to DP contracts. Five of the past eight DP signings fit that mold.
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